Eagles' defensive temperament: The Eagles entered last week's game with the league's top rush defense after allowing 215 total rushing yards in their four previous games. Then they allowed the Redskins to roll up nearly as many rushing yards in one game -- 203 -- as they had surrendered all season. They will face another tough test this week against 49ers RB Frank Gore, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 423 rushing yards.
Who has the ball: Opponents have averaged a 10-minute time-of-possession advantage in the 49ers' three losses this season. San Francisco has to get better on third down, both offensively and defensively, to eliminate its possession-time shortcomings.
Did you know?
DeSean Jackson became the first Eagles rookie to return a punt for a touchdown since Bob Shann in 1965. ... Brian Dawkins became only the fifth defensive back to record 20 career sacks last week, joining Rodney Harrison, Carnell Lake, Ronde Barber and LeRoy Butler. ... 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis had 18 tackles against the Patriots, the third time he's had 10 tackles in a game this season. ... Isaac Bruce had two touchdowns last week to give him 88 career touchdown receptions, passing Andre Reed and tying Don Maynard for ninth all-time.