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Carlos Rogers faces tough test in Wes Welker

Rogers hopes to shut down one of the NFL's best WRs on Sunday.

Thearon W. Henderson

The San Francisco 49ers have a huge showdown with the New England Patriots on Sunday, and within that game another huge matchup will be taking place between 49er CB Carlos Rogers and Patriots WR Wes Welker.

It's funny to think about now, but early in the season, there was talk that Welker's days in New England were numbered and that he was "being phased out of the offense".

Now in Week 15, Welker is the league's third-leading receiver in terms of receptions (95) and his 1,116 yards are good for ninth in the NFL.

Rogers knows the task that is in front of him and his buddies in the secondary, and he's ready, according to CSN Bay Area.

"Those quick guys like that, when you're facing those guys, especially with a good quarterback, it's going to take a lot. Not just me sticking him, it's going to take [safety] Dashon [Goldson] coming down inside, or some of the d-ends hitting those guys. Giving them different looks. A guy like that, he has experience, too."

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is confident Rogers has what it takes to limit Welker.

"Tremendous receiver. But, Carlos is up for it. He's equipped for it," Harbaugh said. "Again, it's more of a team defense and how they play together than just one guy vs. one guy."

The 49ers (9-3-1) are currently in first place in the NFC West. New England has already clinched the AFC East title.