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49ers Arrive Wearing Their Game Faces

49ers Arrive Wearing Their Game Faces

nytimes.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 27, 2013
For a team known for having an excitable head coach and an exciting young quarterback, the San Francisco 49ers seemed subdued upon their arrival in New Orleans on Sunday for Super Bowl XLVII.
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  • Moss plans to play at least one more year

    Moss plans to play at least one more year

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    Receiver Randy Moss emerged from retirement to play for the 49ers this season.  But if he manages to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, he won’t be walking off into the sunset with it like Michael Strahan or Jerome Bettis or John Elway. Per a source with knowl
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  • Kyle Rudolph earns Pro Bowl MVP

    Kyle Rudolph earns Pro Bowl MVP

    Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was named the 2013 Pro Bowl’s Most Valuable Player on Sunday after recording five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in the NFC’s 62-35 win over the AFC. Utilized most frequently by the NFC’s first two quarterbacks
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  • J.J. Watt lines up again at receiver, NFC uses Jason Pierre-Pau…

    J.J. Watt lines up again at receiver, NFC uses Jason Pierre-Paul at corner and he picks off Andrew Luck

    The athletic ability of NFL players really should never be forgotten. Houston's 295-pound defensive end J.J. Watt lined up at receiver in the first quarter of the Pro Bowl, and ran a decent route against Bears cornerback Charles Tillman on a ball that w…
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  • NFC topples AFC 62-35 in Pro Bowl

    NFC topples AFC 62-35 in Pro Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    Down 31-14 at halftime of the Pro Bowl, the AFC opened the third quarter with Texans quarterback Matt Schaub being intercepted by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. It was Schaub’s second pick after replacing Peyton Manning. The NFC’s third quarterback of t
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  • NFC whipping AFC 31-14 in Pro Bowl

    NFC whipping AFC 31-14 in Pro Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    After the NFC jumped out in front 10-7 in the Pro Bowl’s initial 16 minutes, Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson briefly returned the lead to the AFC by reading Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s eyes in zone coverage and picking off Eli’s pass, which w
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  • Jeff Saturday hikes it to Peyton Manning one last time in the P…

    Jeff Saturday hikes it to Peyton Manning one last time in the Pro Bowl

    yahoo.com Jan 27, 2013
    The NFC loaned center Jeff Saturday to the AFC for a play, for one of the coolest moments you'll see in a Pro Bowl. Saturday played his first 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, hiking the ball to Peyton Manning time after time, including in the Col…
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  • Are you ready? Super Bowl XLVII week is off and running

    Are you ready? Super Bowl XLVII week is off and running

    CNNSI.com Jan 27, 2013
    It's here, so get ready for the blitz. Peter King kicks off Super Bowl XLVII week by getting Alex Smith to open up, remembering the Colin Kaepernick draft and much, much more.
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  • 2013 NFL Pro Bowl Live Blog

    2013 NFL Pro Bowl Live Blog

    deadspin.com Jan 27, 2013
    Weather may be an issue, but that won't stop us from bringing you a running account of the biggest hits and most exciting plays in this year's star-studded NFL Pro Bowl. More »
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  • The secret scouting at the Senior Bowl: Coaches looking for job…

    The secret scouting at the Senior Bowl: Coaches looking for jobs

    yahoo.com Jan 27, 2013
    MOBILE, Ala. -- The Senior Bowl week is all about prospects getting time with NFL teams -- interviewing, answering questions on and off the field, and trying to prove that they have what it takes to make it in the pros. However, that's about more than j…
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  • NFL.com: "Pro Bowl Might Be Hampered By Rainy, Windy Weather"

    NFL.com: "Pro Bowl Might Be Hampered By Rainy, Windy Weather"

    deadspin.com Jan 27, 2013
    OK, OK-keep it together, man. Don't laugh. "Hampered by rain." Don't you dare laugh. Just-just read the article. You can do that. "...billed this year's Pro Bowl as Peyton Manning vs. Eli Manning, a battle of the brothers, with the headline: 'Football
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  • Aloha: Tune in for live-streaming Pro Bowl action here

    Aloha: Tune in for live-streaming Pro Bowl action here

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    There’s nothing easier than making Pro Bowl jokes. But be honest with yourself. Not only are you going to watch it, but you’re going to talk about it with your buddies. So why not hang out here, watch the game streaming live on NBCSports.com, complete
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  • Report: Jake Long wants “at least” $10 million annually

    Report: Jake Long wants “at least” $10 million annually

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    Jake Long was once considered in many circles to be the best left tackle in football. His stock has fallen off dramatically due to myriad injuries and declining performance, and he’s slated to hit a deep free-agent market for offensive tackles this Marc
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  • NFL rejects attempt by Jets, Giants to keep rivals out of facil…

    NFL rejects attempt by Jets, Giants to keep rivals out of facilities for Super Bowl XLVIII

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    With MetLife Stadium hosting Super Bowl XLVIII, the Jets and Giants naturally will be loaning their facilities to the teams that qualify - assuming both of them don’t.  But the NFL has rejected an attempt by the two teams to keep their enemies out of
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  • Cowboys have had “preliminary” contract talks with Spencer

    Cowboys have had “preliminary” contract talks with Spencer

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    The player rep for Cowboys impending free agent linebacker Anthony Spencer recently said his client is prepared to convert to defensive end in order to fit Dallas’ new 4-3 scheme, under coordinator Monte Kiffin. Spencer has entertained the idea, and so
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  • Report: Gruden to Dallas talk is “ridiculous”

    Report: Gruden to Dallas talk is “ridiculous”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    The Cowboys have a bunch of coaches on their staff that coached for Jon Gruden in Tampa, leading some to speculate that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might be mulling a move at head coach. Ed Werder of ESPN, who has spent a lot of time covering the Cowboys …
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  • Infection in foot forces Todd Herremans to have surgery

    Infection in foot forces Todd Herremans to have surgery

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    Eagles tackle Todd Herremans had a bit of a hitch in his recovery from the dislocated bone in his foot that ended his 2012 season early. Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com reports that Herremans recently needed to have a surgical procedure on the foot after …
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  • Dockett wanted out if Cardinals kept Whisenhunt

    Dockett wanted out if Cardinals kept Whisenhunt

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is in a good mood now, digging his new coach and joking that Twitter-sensation beauty queens aren’t his type. It wasn’t always this happy. According to Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic, Dockett was prepare
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  • New Orleans is proud, ready for the Super Bowl, and will try to…

    New Orleans is proud, ready for the Super Bowl, and will try to be nice to Roger Goodell

    yahoo.com Jan 27, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS — Political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin have spent many years arguing their individual philosophies (in summary: He's on the left, and she's not) even as they've enjoyed a surprisingly happy marriage for most of the last two dec
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  • Source: Cowboys set to hire Dooley to staff

    Source: Cowboys set to hire Dooley to staff

    ESPN.com Jan 27, 2013
    The Dallas Cowboys are set to hire former Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley as their new wide receivers coach, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Cardinals hire Amos Jones as special teams coach

    Cardinals hire Amos Jones as special teams coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    Bruce Arians spent 2012 as the offensive coordinator and, for 12 games, interim head coach for the Colts, but he was with the Steelers for several years before heading to Indianapolis. Arians has now moved on to become the head coach of the Cardinals an…
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  • Source: Titans interested in suspended Williams

    Source: Titans interested in suspended Williams

    CNNSI.com Jan 27, 2013
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says the Titans have talked with suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and are interested in hiring him.
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  • Adrian Peterson thinks he’s the NFL MVP

    Adrian Peterson thinks he’s the NFL MVP

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    We’re a little less than a week away from finding out who will be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in a race much closer than we see in most seasons. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning each turned in seasons good
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  • John Harbaugh: Terrell Suggs getting closer to normal

    John Harbaugh: Terrell Suggs getting closer to normal

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs might be quieter than usual during the run-up to the Super Bowl, but that may be because he’s concentrating on getting his game back to its usual level. Suggs’ start to the season was delayed by an offseason Achilles in
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  • ‘Ray Lewis’ pays a visit to ‘Saturday Night Live’

    ‘Ray Lewis’ pays a visit to ‘Saturday Night Live’

    yahoo.com Jan 27, 2013
    So "Saturday Night Live" decided to take on Ray Lewis this week on "Weekend Update," and the impression was pretty darn accurate: a weeping, praying, the-world-bows-down-to-me Ray, courtesy of Kenan Thompson. You'll want to watch to …
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  • Former Bears, Panthers safety Chris Harris retires

    Former Bears, Panthers safety Chris Harris retires

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    One of the NFL’s best player Twitter accounts decided to call it a career this weekend. Football, not Twitter. Former Bears and Panthers (and briefly Lions and Jaguars) safety Chris Harris announced his retirement Saturday night. The former sixth-rounde
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  • LeSean McCoy Sics Twitter Army On His "Broke, Worthless&qu…

    LeSean McCoy Sics Twitter Army On His "Broke, Worthless" Babymama After She Accuses Him Of Being A Deadbeat Dad

    deadspin.com Jan 27, 2013
    Look, we have no idea if LeSean McCoy is a deadbeat dad. The mother of his child LeSean McCoy Jr. is alleging that to be the case-and a whole lot more. Indeed, in a bizarre battle that resulted in McCoy deleting his twitter account, the babymama (known
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  • President Obama: ‘If I had a son, I’d have to think long and ha…

    President Obama: ‘If I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.’

    The long-term impact of repeated collisions on the skull, health and psyche of NFL players has become one of the sport's paramount concerns, with lawsuits and allegations flying. Now, the nation's First Football Fan has weighed in ... and he's expressin…
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  • Tattoo parlor offering $49 49ers tattoos

    Tattoo parlor offering $49 49ers tattoos

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    Avid San Fran fans in the vicinity of Vallejo, California can put their melanocytes where their mouth is, for less money. Allied Ink Tattoos & Piercings is offering 49ers-related tattoos for only 49 dollars. “We’re super excited, so we decided, ‘Why
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  • Umenyiora switches agents before free agency

    Umenyiora switches agents before free agency

    ESPN.com Jan 27, 2013
    New York Giants free-agent-to-be defensive end Osi Umenyiora has hired new agents, Tom Condon and Ben Dogra, of CAA, according to NFL Players Association records.
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  • One-Time Raiders Defensive End Anthony Smith May Be The NFL's F…

    One-Time Raiders Defensive End Anthony Smith May Be The NFL's First Sociopathic Serial Killer

    deadspin.com Jan 27, 2013
    Anthony Smith was a defensive end for Alabama and Arizona for four years before being drafted 11th in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft (six spots behind Junior Seau, six ahead of Emmitt Smith). He played seven seasons for the Raiders-the first four
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  • Sources: Redskins' Williams popped with bottle

    Sources: Redskins' Williams popped with bottle

    ESPN.com Jan 27, 2013
    Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams was Tasered in the back and cracked over the head with a champagne bottle during a Friday-morning melee yet still did not fall to the ground, sources say.
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  • Justin Durant hopes to stay with Lions

    Justin Durant hopes to stay with Lions

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    The Lions will have plenty of key free agents this offseason.  One who hopes to stick around is linebacker Justin Durant. “I want to sign,” Durant tells Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.  “Am I sure?  No.  I don’t know exactly what’
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  • Sunday morning one-liners

    Sunday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    A lack of blitzing helped sink the Bills defense this season. Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland is bullish on G John Jerry. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com looks back at the trade that sent QB Matt Cassel and LB Mike Vrabel from the Patriots to the Chiefs and say…
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  • Payton explains “ducks in a row” comment

    Payton explains “ducks in a row” comment

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    From the moment the NFL pulled the sheet off the Saints bounty case, the NFL accused Saints coach Sean Payton of telling his staff to “get your ducks in a row” when the league first investigated the situation in early 2010. Here’s how we explained i
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  • Jets could trade Cromartie instead of Revis

    Jets could trade Cromartie instead of Revis

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    The prevailing view inside and outside the Jets organization is that owner Woody Johnson has no desire to pay cornerback Darrelle Revis the kind of money he’d fetch on the open market.  With the Jets having no way to keep Revis from hitting the open ma
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  • Future NFL stadiums could feature less sitting, more standing

    Future NFL stadiums could feature less sitting, more standing

    profootballtalk.com Jan 27, 2013
    Our pal Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times has written an article that looks at the various challenges the NFL is facing.  One of the biggest arises from persuading fans to choose to attend games over watching them at home. Late in the item comes an in…
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  • Video - Jim Harbaugh, 49ers Arrive At Super Bowl 00:41

    Jim Harbaugh, 49ers Arrive At Super Bowl

    Jan 27
    Jim Harbaugh addresses the media Sunday with the 49ers in pursuit of their sixth Super Bowl title.
  • Video - NFC Routs AFC In Pro Bowl 01:00

    NFC Routs AFC In Pro Bowl

    Jan 27
    Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes and the Vikings' Kyle Rudolph took home MVP honors as the NFC coasted to a 62-35 win over the AFC.
  • Video - Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' top 5 playoff moments 01:33

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' top 5 playoff moments

    Jan 27
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' illustrious career has been filled with special moments. "NFL Total Access" looks at the future Hall of Famer's five best playoff memories.
  • Video - Wilson: 'It's been an unbelievable week' 00:49

    Wilson: 'It's been an unbelievable week'

    Jan 27
    Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson spoke with Fran Charles about his huge Pro Bowl debut, throwing for 98 yards and three touchdowns.

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  • Peter King: Are you ready? Super Bowl XLVII week is off and running

    Jan 27
    NEW ORLEANS -- Ready to get beaten over the head with the Harbaughs, Ray Lewis past and present and a whole lot of players saying a whole lot of nothing? Well, it's Super Bowl week, and the bad news for you is that the one thing I noticed in my few hour…