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A great day to be an NFL fan

A great day to be an NFL fan

profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 12, 2013
These are the days that remind us how great the NFL is. Two playoff classics - the Ravens beating the Broncos in double overtime and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick emerging as a superstar in a win over the Packers - made Saturday a wonderful day t
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  • Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers send the Packers packing

    Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers send the Packers packing

    The Green Bay Packers’ season has ended. Colin Kaepernick’s time as an NFL superstar is just beginning. Kaepernick had a brilliant performance as the 49ers defeated the Packers 45-31 on Saturday night, earning a berth in the NFC Championship Game and
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  • Pure Genius: Jim Harbaugh is looking smarter by the game, says……

    Pure Genius: Jim Harbaugh is looking smarter by the game, says…

    CNNSI.com Jan 12, 2013
    Jim Harbaugh is looking smarter by the game, says Jim Trotter. His move of Colin Kaepernick to quarterback at midseason paid off well in the Niners' 45-31 rout of the Packers.
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  • Rapid Reaction: 49ers 45, Packers 31

    Rapid Reaction: 49ers 45, Packers 31

    ESPN.com nytimes.com Jan 12, 2013
    Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round Saturday night at Candlestick Park: What it means: The 49ers will play in the NFC Championship Game for a second consecutive season, and they’ll do
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  • Chiefs hire Packers' Dorsey as general manager

    Chiefs hire Packers' Dorsey as general manager

    CNNSI.com Jan 12, 2013
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have hired longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey to replace the fired Scott Pioli as their general manager.
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  • Report: Seahawks DC Bradley talks to Eagles

    Report: Seahawks DC Bradley talks to Eagles

    The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their head coaching vacancy on Saturday in Atlanta, USA Today Sports reported, citing a source informed of the meeting.
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  • Justin Smith, Donald Driver active, Billy Cundiff, Alex Green i…

    Justin Smith, Donald Driver active, Billy Cundiff, Alex Green inactive

    The inactives for tonight’s Packers-49ers game are out, and they’re about what we expected. San Francisco defensive end Justin Smith, who missed the last two games of the regular season with a triceps injury, is active and will give it a go. But kicke
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  • Ah, the memories: 49ers with Boger as ref

    Ah, the memories: 49ers with Boger as ref

    ESPN.com Jan 12, 2013
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Jerome Boger is the referee assigned to the San Francisco 49ers' divisional-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. Boger is working with an all-star crew, customary for the playoffs. Regular-season crew tendencies…
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  • Countdown Live: Packers-49ers

    Countdown Live: Packers-49ers

    ESPN.com Jan 12, 2013
    Join our ESPN.com NFL experts for the NFC playoff match up between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. Contribute your thoughts and questions 8 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: Packers-49ers
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  • 'Not as disappointed as the 49ers will be'

    'Not as disappointed as the 49ers will be'

    ESPN.com Jan 12, 2013
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Aaron Rodgers is making his first regular-season or postseason appearance at Candlestick Park since his favorite childhood team, the San Francisco 49ers, passed him over in the 2005 NFL draft. The Rodgers-Alex Smith story ran its course…
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  • Anger gets more All-Pro votes than Luck, RG3, Wilson combined

    Anger gets more All-Pro votes than Luck, RG3, Wilson combined

    profootballtalk.com Jan 12, 2013
    I’ve mentioned a time or two in recent weeks that former Jags G.M. Gene Smith picked punter Bryan Anger five spots before the Seahawks selected quarterback Russell Wilson. Smith has now gotten a little vindication.  Sort of.  Kind of.  OK, not really
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  • Sherman’s spot on All-Pro team highlights impact of leak

    Sherman’s spot on All-Pro team highlights impact of leak

    profootballtalk.com Jan 12, 2013
    When it was time for players and coaches to cast their votes for the NFC Pro Bowl squad, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was facing a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances. Coincidentally
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  • Lynch (foot) expected to play against Falcons

    Lynch (foot) expected to play against Falcons

    ESPN.com Jan 12, 2013
    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has a sprained foot but is probable and expected to play Sunday against Atlanta.
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  • Adrian Peterson, J.J. Watt unanimous All-Pros

    Adrian Peterson, J.J. Watt unanimous All-Pros

    CNNSI.com Jan 12, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It's unanimous, on both sides of the ball.
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  • The daily coaching/G.M. update

    The daily coaching/G.M. update

    profootballtalk.com Jan 12, 2013
    [Editor's note:  Well, I forgot to do it on Friday.  But the beauty of a daily update is that with the setting and rising of the sun, there's another opportunity to forget to do it again.] Arizona Cardinals:  The Cardinals have interviewed defensive co
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  • Seahawks coordinators have a minor Saturday distraction

    Seahawks coordinators have a minor Saturday distraction

    profootballtalk.com Jan 12, 2013
    The Seahawks have arrived in Atlanta for Sunday’s divisional-round showdown against the Falcons.  And with one day to go to finalize preparations for the game, Pete Carroll’s primary two coordinators have other plans. Today’s the day on which offen
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  • Won-lost records vs. current playoff teams

    Won-lost records vs. current playoff teams

    ESPN.com Jan 12, 2013
    2012 Records vs. Current Playoff Teams Three teams have posted winning records against the field of 12 playoff participants. Two of those teams call the NFC West home. Seattle's wild-card victory against Washington made the Seahawks 5-1 against the play…
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  • Rob Ryan: I’m on a beach, haven’t accepted Rams job

    Rob Ryan: I’m on a beach, haven’t accepted Rams job

    profootballtalk.com Jan 12, 2013
    The Friday night report that the Rams hired Rob Ryan to be their next defensive coordinator has been denied by Ryan. “I’m on a beach and have talked to nobody and have no comment,” Ryan said when reached by Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. When Rya
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  • Video - Frank Gore highlights 00:57

    Frank Gore highlights

    Jan 12
    San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore gashes up the Green Bay Packers defense by rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game.
  • Video - Michael Crabtree highlights 00:58

    Michael Crabtree highlights

    Jan 12
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree has a huge game against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, catching nine passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Video - Colin Kaepernick highlights 01:47

    Colin Kaepernick highlights

    Jan 12
    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a record-breaking performance against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game, passing for 263 yards and two touchdowns while running for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers not in the dancing mood 00:14

    San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers not in the dancing mood

    Jan 12
    San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers gets swallowed up by an enthusiastic group of field dancers as he tries to warm up.

Sports Columnists

  • Jim Trotter: Kaepernick answers another question with dazzling playoff deb…

    Jan 12
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Perhaps 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is a football savant, because his decision to change starting quarterbacks midway through the season is, for the time being, proving to be as cunning as it was calculated.
  • NFL playoffs -- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos choked in historic fashion …

    Jan 12
    Peyton Manning and the Broncos victimized themselves with a choke job for the ages against the Baltimore Ravens.