Brandon Jacobs hopeful 49ers aim for his head

Given a chance to fire back at Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice for calling him “a little soft,” Brandon Jacobs took the high road.

The New York Giants running back is feeling pretty good these days with his club heading into the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at San Francisco. He’s run well in postseason, scoring a late touchdown to put the upset of the Green Bay Packers away, and rumbling for 92 yards the week before against the Atlanta Falcons.

I grew up a San Francisco 49ers fan," Jacobs said, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. "I loved Jerry Rice. I still love Jerry Rice. I give him a lot of credit for the game being the way it is today. I have nothing negative to say about Jerry Rice. If he feels that way, he feels that way. But I betcha he won't tackle me."

When it comes to tackling Jacobs, he hopes the 49ers aim high. San Francisco had the NFL’s No. 1 rushing defense this season, and the Niners knocked New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas last week.

“To get knocked out, that means that have to hit you in your head," Jacobs said. "I wish like heck, one of them would try and hit me in the head. That means they're standing up and not hitting you in the legs."

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