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Special Teams Must Stop 49ers' Ginn

The 49ers are last in the NFL in offensive yards, but rank 12th in points.

What gives?

San Francisco has the benefit of one of the league's best return men in Ted Ginn. A former first-round pick of Miami, Ginn started the 2011 season off with a bang scoring on a punt return and kickoff return in the win over Seattle. He ranks third in the league with a kickoff return average of 39.2 yards and leads the league in punt return yardage.

"He's obviously a proven returner. He's done a great job in the past. This year's no different, he's already got two. We know as a cover unit it's going to be a hard task," safety Colt Anderson said. "He's just making spectacular plays. The return is to the left and he bounces all the way to the right on one of them."

Special teams coordinator Bobby April knows Ginn quite well from his time in Buffalo when he would see Miami twice a year.

"He's probably has had more returns called back (due to penalty otherwise he) would definitely be more prolific," April said. "It would really help our football team win the game by stopping him. That's our mission. That's what we've got to do. He's about as good as it gets."

One big special teams play that caught April's eye from last Sunday wasn't even in the Eagles' game. April called the fake punt return by the Chicago Bears "the greatest special teams play" that he ever saw.

The Packers punted the ball and Bears return man Devin Hester acted like he was camping out underneath the ball. However, the ball was actually kicked to the opposite side of the field where Johnny Knox caught it just before it went out of bounds and returned it for a touchdown as the rest of the Packers were racing towards Hester. The touchdown was nullified, however, due to a holding penalty.

If you didn't get to see it, click here for the NFL.com replay of it.

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