January 18, 2012
Arizona Cardinals' John Skelton, bottom, fumbles the ball after being hit by San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson, top, during a game earlier this season. The change in the 49ers' attitude this season is evident when the defensive backs watch tape from the previous game. The secondary coach notes the number of "domination hits," all part of a rugged mentality for a secondary that led the NFL in takeaways.
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The hard-hitting 49ers secondary has been the anchor of a defense that has led the team back to the NFC championship game for the first time in 14 years.