49ers to Play Chargers on One Day's Practice

Niners have little time to prepare for Chargers' league-leading defense.

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    SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 12: Delanie Walker #46 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on December 12, 2010 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

    The San Francisco 49ers' short-week cram session for Thursday night's game at San Diego has their heads spinning so fast that they can't even name the rooms in their Santa Clara practice facility.

    "My mind is still in the ..." 49ers coach Mike Singletary told the San Francisco Chronicle, his mumbles trailing off as he pointed in the general direction of the 49ers' film room. "You know what? My mind is still looking at San Diego plays, and trying to get on track with that and different things that come up, but it's just that."

    The 49ers players had Monday off after Sunday's win. They practice Tuesday. They fly to San Diego Wednesday. They play against San Diego at 5:20 p.m. PST Thursday.

    That's one day of practice before facing the NFL's best defense and second -best offense.

    If the 49er Faithful find the task too impossibly unfair or daunting, then take hope. The 49ers can lose Thursday night and still be in great shape to win the NFC West with a 7-9 record.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who's just innocently asking if anyone knows where former Vice President Dick Cheney was when the Sausalito sea lion was shot in the face.