After having three days off from football, the 49ers returned on Thursday and Friday for two days of practice. Thanks to the Minnesota Vikings beating the Green Bay Packers combined with the San Francisco 49ers winning on Sunday, the team enjoyed a bye week as the number two seed in the NFC.
"The bye week was good," said LaMichael James. "To get some guys fresh who might have been injured and beat up [as well as getting] extra time off, it's fun. Any time you get closer to the Super Bowl without playing, it's beneficial."
The 49ers are unsure who they will be playing until the Wildcard playoff games this weekend are over. If the Packers win today, the 49ers will be hosting them next week. If the Vikings win, the 49ers will host the winner of the battle between the Redskins and Seahawks.
Despite anticipating who the team will play next, Anthony Dixon says he isn't worried about it. He enjoyed relaxing from having a few days off and said he felt "more fresh" when returning to practice.
"We've gotten an edge on the competition [with this bye week]," said Dixon. "We don't know [which team] to game plan [against], but we have confidence no matter who comes in [to San Francisco]. We'll be able to handle business. I'll enjoy watching the games and this bye week."
Joe Staley saw this as a good week to refuel after playing 16 regular season games. There are several things to improve on, but he liked what the team has done to improve.
"It's been a good bye week," said Staley. "Guys stayed around and were in here working out. These last two days have been good. I'm going into next week feeling fresh and ready to go. We've done a lot of good work."
The 49ers will host either the Packers, Redskins or Seahawks on Saturday, January 12 at 5:00p p.m. PST.