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NFC North News and Rumors
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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is widely credited with sparking the San Francisco 49ers in the second half of the NFL season. He's already achieved pre-folk hero status on Candlestick Point. He's also definitely considered a reason the Niners might beat t…Upvote Share Tweet
San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Smith is listed as probable for Saturday's NFL divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.Upvote Share TweetCHICAGO (AP) -- Longtime NFL assistant and current CFL coach Marc Trestman denies a rumor that the Chicago Bears are set to hire him.Upvote Share Tweet
Divisional round programming noteIt's about time to take this show out west. The San Francisco 49ers will be at Candlestick Park on Saturday evening, awaiting the Green Bay Packers for a divisional-round playoff matchup. My guess is that NFC West blogger Mike Sando is already waiting f…Upvote Share Tweet
Packers healthy heading into CandlestickWide receiver Jordy Nelson sat out a couple of days of practice and quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been under the weather, but the Packers are heading to San Francisco with a roster as healthy as they could probably hope for at this point in the season. …Upvote Share Tweet
Giants, Jets, Broncos: Answers to Readers' Questionsnytimes.com Updated Jan 11, 2013Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.Upvote Share TweetFive nuggets of knowledge about Saturday's Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers divisional playoff game: Tight matchup: In talking and writing about this game over the past week, it became clear that there truly is no favorite. The Packers and 49ers ha…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Jan 11, 2013Three years ago, Ryan Longwell was robbed of the chance to kick the Vikings to the Super Bowl. Now with the Seahawks. Peter King examines if Longwell can rewrite history?Upvote Share TweetOther players with the resume of Donald Driver might have made far more of a stink. But the Packers veteran wide receiver has refused to make a spectacle of himself as he’s fallen down the offensive pecking order, and has even volunteered to play speciaUpvote Share Tweet
Packers-49ers II: Aaron Rodgers goes homeBREAKING: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers grew up in Chico, Calif., which is more or less San Francisco 49ers country, which means Rodgers was once a big 49ers fan. In the video, Rodgers tells ESPN's Bob Holtzman: "I have lot of great m…Upvote Share TweetThere are four NFC North connections among the 15 finalists for the 2013 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, announced Friday morning, including both nominations from the Senior Committee. A quick glance: Receiver Cris Carter NFC North connection: P…Upvote Share TweetWhile we’re not sure whether he has a window or aisle seat, former Bears coach Lovie Smith is apparently on his way to interview with the Chargers. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Smith is at an O’Hare Airport gate, about to board a planeUpvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Updated Jan 11, 2013This Saturday night, I plan on sitting in front of my television set for three-plus hours and praying that the Packers' pass protection is better than...Upvote Share Tweet
'Playbook': Who is picking the Packers?Jan 11Can the Green Bay Packers put together a running game to help out QB Aaron Rodgers? Find out if any of our "Playbook" analysts think that Rodgers and company can pick up a win in San Francisco.
'Playbook': Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ersJan 11What has changed since the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers last played in the first week of the season? Our "Playbook" guys take a look at the 49ers' offense versus the Packers' defense.
Wrapping Up 2012Jan 11Bears LB Lance Briggs talks about the disappointment of not making the playoffs, finding out Lovie Smith was fired, and how the defense will be affected by a new head coach.
NFL Live OT: Saturday PreviewJan 11Trey Wingo, Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards preview Saturday's Ravens-Broncos and Packers-49ers games.
Don Banks: Niners-Patriots tops best potential Super Bowl matchupsJan 11The NFL's divisional round means we're down to the league's elite eight in the playoffs, and that's when the Super Bowl pairing starts to first come into view. There are still 16 potential matchups for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans next month, and her…
Peter King: Ryan Longwell gets chance to rewrite historyJan 11RENTON, Wash. -- It's so strange to see Ryan Longwell here, out of retirement, into the NFL's Final Eight. This is the day he should have been doing a light jog, just to stay loose as his final pre-race prep for Sunday's Walt Disney World Marathon, whic…
The Sports Guy make his divisional playoffs picksJan 11Aaron Rodgers's quest for revenge highlights the Sports Guy's inbox while he makes his divisional weekend picks.