Joe Montana, still suffering from the flu, missed his second consecutive day of practice Saturday, but was still expected to play for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game.

Montana reported to the 49ers' practice facility Saturday and was examined by club physicians, but did not participate in the team's final walk-through.Coach George Seifert remained confident Montana will play Sunday when the 49ers play the New York Giants at Candlestick Park.

"He was in early this morning to visit with the doctors and he's doing better," Seifert said after Saturday's final preparations. "We just said, `Go home and rest.' It's a just flu bug."

Seifert said Montana was not running a temperature.

"He has whatever goes with the flu," Seifert said. "If there was a game today, I imagine he could have played."

Missing the final two practices should not hinder Montana's performance.

"Obviously you'd like to have all of your players at practice, but he's worked enough of the game plan, and is familiar enough with the plays, that I don't perceive it as a problem," Seifert said. "Right now there's not a great deal of anxiety about it."

Also, the 49ers activated linebacker Mike Walter from injured reserve. Walter, an eight-year veteran, had a pinched nerve in his neck. The 49ers deactivated rookie wide receiver Ron Lewis.