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Alex Smith is “just staying ready”

Alex Smith is “just staying ready”

profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 10, 2013
The last time the 49ers beat the Packers, Alex Smith was the quarterback.  The last time the 49ers played in the divisional round (and won), Alex Smith was the quarterback. So as the 49ers prepare to face the Packers in the divisional round of the playo…
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  • In NFL divisional playoff round, Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodge…

    In NFL divisional playoff round, Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers looking for revenge on San Francisco 49ers just one of many in

    nydailynews.com ESPN.com Jan 10, 2013
    Home is where the heart and barbecued shrimp are, and for Peyton Manning, the Big Easy is also where he and little brother Eli grew up and where the Lombardi Trophy will be waiting on Feb. 3 to be hoisted amid all the confetti in the Superdome.
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  • Bieniemy could be running backs coach in Kansas City

    Bieniemy could be running backs coach in Kansas City

    profootballtalk.com Jan 10, 2013
    Eric Bieniemy left an NFL job with the Vikings two years ago to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado.  Now, he could be heading back to the NFL. John Henderson of the Denver Post reports that Bieniemy “is under strong consider
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  • Kevin Smith disappointed the Lions didn’t use him more in 2012

    Kevin Smith disappointed the Lions didn’t use him more in 2012

    profootballtalk.com Jan 10, 2013
    Lions running back Kevin Smith has had an on-again, off-again run in Detroit, the only team for which he has played during five NFL seasons. Though on the roster to end the season, it definitely has become off again, given that Smith finished the season…
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  • Harbaugh sticking with Akers as starting kicker

    Harbaugh sticking with Akers as starting kicker

    CNNSI.com Jan 10, 2013
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- David Akers is keeping his job as San Francisco's starting kicker. For now, anyway.
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  • Vikings GM: 'No issues' with Harvin's attitude

    Vikings GM: 'No issues' with Harvin's attitude

    ESPN.com Jan 10, 2013
    Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman said Thursday the organization has no concerns about Percy Harvin's character or attitude with a pivotal offseason ahead for the wide receiver's future with the Vikings.
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  • Greenway lands in second Pro Bowl

    Greenway lands in second Pro Bowl

    The Vikings’ unlikely turnaround from 3-13 to 10-6 has resulted in another opportunity for a player to swap a week of wintry Minnesota for sunny Honolulu. Linebacker Chad Greenway will get his second trip to the Pro Bowl, replacing Cowboys linebacker De
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  • Bears open door for Toub to interview for assistant jobs

    Bears open door for Toub to interview for assistant jobs

    Bears special teams coach Dave Toub is part of the cast of thousands interviewing for the Bears head coaching job. But it doesn’t take much reading of the tea leaves to think he’s not the leading candidating, since the Bears are letting him look at la
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  • David Akers will kick for the 49ers Saturday

    David Akers will kick for the 49ers Saturday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 10, 2013
    49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said earlier this week that he had a “leader in the clubhouse” in the competition between David Akers and Billy Cundiff to serve as the team’s kicker against the Packers. Harbaugh revealed his choice on Thursday and it turne
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  • Report: Suh settles 2011 crash suit for $130K

    Report: Suh settles 2011 crash suit for $130K

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh paid $130,000 to settle a lawsuit by a woman who claims she was injured in a December 2011 car crash in Oregon involving the Detroit Lions' star, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
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  • Cobb, Nelson return to practice for the Packers

    Cobb, Nelson return to practice for the Packers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 10, 2013
    Two of the three wide receivers who missed practice for the Packers on Wednesday were back on the field Thursday, providing a strong sign that they’ll be ready to go when the Packers face off with the 49ers on Saturday. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson wer
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  • Saturday divisional round preview: Justin Smith could make all …

    Saturday divisional round preview: Justin Smith could make all the difference in Packers-49ers rematch

    yahoo.com Jan 10, 2013
    Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers Saturday, January 12, 8:00 p.m. ET Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif. When the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers faced off in Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season, it was a game of defense above all. Despit…
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  • Jake Matthews will stay at Texas A&M

    Jake Matthews will stay at Texas A&M

    profootballtalk.com Jan 10, 2013
    One way or another, Jake Matthews was going to wind up following Luke Joeckel. Either Matthews, who is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and a cousin of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, would follow his fellow Texas A&M offensive tackle’s lead an
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  • Tom Clements interviewing with Bears Thursday

    Tom Clements interviewing with Bears Thursday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 10, 2013
    Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements will have to turn his attention away from the 49ers for a little bit on Thursday. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that Clements is going to interview with the Bears for their head coaching job befo…
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  • Packers-49ers II: Offensive improvement

    Packers-49ers II: Offensive improvement

    ESPN.com Jan 10, 2013
    Time for a quick quiz. Can you guess the pass-happiest game in the five-year history of the Aaron Rodgers Era? Tick, tock. Tick, tock. Brrring. It came in Week 1 of this season, the Green Bay Packers' 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. As the chart …
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  • Jim Schwartz: Lions not married to any defensive scheme

    Jim Schwartz: Lions not married to any defensive scheme

    profootballtalk.com Jan 10, 2013
    The Lions opted to retain General Manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz after a 4-12 season, but that doesn’t mean the status quo will remain in place across the entire organization. Schwartz and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham both said
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  • Blogger Blitz: Don Barclay's big task

    Blogger Blitz: Don Barclay's big task

    ESPN.com Jan 10, 2013
    The development of the Green Bay Packers' running game, and their consistent commitment to it, has been one of the stories of their season. Some of the credit has gone to an offensive line that settled down when coaches decided on rookie Don Barclay as …
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  • Report:  Bears not interested in Brian Kelly

    Report: Bears not interested in Brian Kelly

    profootballtalk.com Jan 10, 2013
    On Wednesday night, multiple reports emerged almost spontaneously and simultaneously that the Eagles are interested in Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. The feeding frenzy spawned a suggestion that the Bears are interested, too.  However, Sean Jensen of the…
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  • Study: Seau suffered from CTE at time of death

    Study: Seau suffered from CTE at time of death

    CNNSI.com Jan 10, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Junior Seau, one of the NFL's best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday.
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  • NFC North links: Starks could face 49ers

    NFC North links: Starks could face 49ers

    ESPN.com Jan 10, 2013
    Chicago Bears The Bears will interview Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison for their head-coaching position Friday, according to a source. The Bears also received permission to interview Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, acco…
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  • Jets Widen Search for General Manager

    Jets Widen Search for General Manager

    nytimes.com Jan 10, 2013
    Thee latest pool of candidates for the Jets includes Jerry Angelo, the former general manager of the Chicago Bears.
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  • Jets' GM search to include Gaine, Khan

    Jets' GM search to include Gaine, Khan

    CNNSI.com Jan 10, 2013
    The Jets are expanding their search for a new general manager, setting up interviews with Miami assistant GM Brian Gaine and Pittsburgh executive Omar Khan.
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  • Video - Defending the Top Quarterbacks 02:16

    Defending the Top Quarterbacks

    Jan 10
    The four top quarterbacks on Ron Jaworski's big board are playing this weekend, and he has some advice for the defenses trying to stop them.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Packers-49ers 01:18

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Packers-49ers

    Jan 10
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Green Bay at San Francisco
  • Video - Good Head Coaching Fit For Bears? 02:37

    Good Head Coaching Fit For Bears?

    Jan 10
    Lomas Brown on who would fit as head coach and what offensive system would work in Chicago.
  • Video - Best Chance To Win Rematch 01:29

    Best Chance To Win Rematch

    Jan 10
    Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards discuss which team has the best chance to win a rematch in the playoffs.

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  • Jim Trotter: Former Junior Seau teammate not surprised by linebacker's CTE…

    Jan 10
    "Budddyyyy, my head was KILLING me!" -- Linebacker Junior Seau, several hours after a violent collision in a 2001 practice.
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    Jan 10
    Six quarterbacks have divvied up the past nine Super Bowl wins. Will we see a fresh face this year?
  • Peter King: NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Picks

    Jan 10
    Peter King: NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Picks