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Colin Kaepernick raises eyebrows after wearing Brewers cap during Packers week Updated Jan 11, 2013
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…
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  • Niners expecting Smith to play vs. Packers Jan 11, 2013
    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.
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  • Trestman denies rumors of move to coach Bears

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Longtime NFL assistant and current CFL coach Marc Trestman denies a rumor that the Chicago Bears are set to hire him.
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  • Divisional round programming note Jan 11, 2013
    It'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…
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  • Packers healthy heading into Candlestick Jan 11, 2013
    Wide 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. …
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  • Giants, Jets, Broncos: Answers to Readers' Questions Jan 11, 2013
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.
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  • Final Word: Packers-49ers Jan 11, 2013
    Five 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…
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  • Opportunity Knocks again Jan 11, 2013
    Three 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?
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  • Donald Driver volunteers for special teams duty Jan 11, 2013
    Other 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 specia
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  • Packers-49ers II: Aaron Rodgers goes home Jan 11, 2013
    BREAKING: 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…
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  • 2013 Hall of Fame finalists: NFC North Jan 11, 2013
    There 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…
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  • Report: Lovie en route to San Diego Jan 11, 2013
    While 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 plane
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  • The Aaron Rodgers Story, Starring the Chip on Aaron Rodgers's Shoulder Jan 11, 2013
    This 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...
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Who is picking the Packers? 04:20

    'Playbook': Who is picking the Packers?

    Jan 11
    Can 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.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers 03:39

    'Playbook': Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers

    Jan 11
    What 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.
  • Video - Wrapping Up 2012 03:49

    Wrapping Up 2012

    Jan 11
    Bears 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.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Saturday Preview 03:05

    NFL Live OT: Saturday Preview

    Jan 11
    Trey Wingo, Tedy Bruschi and Herm Edwards preview Saturday's Ravens-Broncos and Packers-49ers games.