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N.F.C. Championship Preview: 49ers at Falcons

N.F.C. Championship Preview: 49ers at Falcons

A preview of the N.F.C. championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • Full Speed Ahead: The Falcons will surely defend the 49ers' rus…

    Full Speed Ahead: The Falcons will surely defend the 49ers' rushing…

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    The Falcons will surely defend the 49ers' rushing attack in the NFC title game better than the Packers did, but Andrew Perloff still feels Colin Kaepernick and Co. will head to the Super Bowl.
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  • Horton hopes to hear more about his status by Tuesday

    Horton hopes to hear more about his status by Tuesday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Amid reports that the Cardinals hope to hire Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to be Arizona’s latest head coach and to keep Ray Horton as the team’s defensive coordinator, that plan is news to Horton. A source with knowledge of the situation t
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  • 92 ejected from Candlestick Park

    92 ejected from Candlestick Park

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Last night’s game in San Francisco was a pretty good one, especially for the home team.  But 92 folks who paid for tickets left prematurely, and involuntarily. According to the Associated Press, 92 fans were ejected during the 49ers’ 45-31 victory ov
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  • Asante Samuel: Carroll, Sherman can have some humble pie

    Asante Samuel: Carroll, Sherman can have some humble pie

    The Falcons defense spent most of the fourth quarter getting torched by Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks offense, but the Falcons scored last and that means members of their defense were free to crow after the game. Alex Marvez of FOXSports.c…
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  • Congratulations, You Won A Playoff Game: Falcons-Seahawks In Se…

    Congratulations, You Won A Playoff Game: Falcons-Seahawks In Seven GIFs

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    Atlanta 30, Seattle 28: Seattle's all-pro shit stirrer, Richard Sherman, somehow manages to win this interaction that began with Roddy White burning the Seahawks defense for a 47-yard touchdown-Ohhh you got a touchdown, gooood for youuuu-even though t
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  • Disaster Averted: The Falcons added plenty of drama to their 30…

    Disaster Averted: The Falcons added plenty of drama to their 30-28 …

    CNNSI.com Jan 13, 2013
    The Falcons added plenty of drama to their 30-28 win over the Seahawks. Chris Burke examines Atlanta's escape job, Russell Wilson's brilliance, questionable strategies and more.
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  • Five craziest plays from end of Atlanta’s playoff win

    Five craziest plays from end of Atlanta’s playoff win

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    The Atlanta Falcons earned their first playoff win with Matt Ryan as quarterback, and they did it in heart attack-inducing manner. After pulling out to a 20-0 lead, the Falcons came close to dropping the home game to the Seattle Seahawks. Atlanta found …
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  • Russell Wilson sets rookie passing yardage record in close loss…

    Russell Wilson sets rookie passing yardage record in close loss to Falcons

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Sometimes, as an athlete, you define yourself in a losing effort. And in the year of the rookie quarterback, it was the last one standing who may have just done that. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks came into the 2012 NFL season as a too-short th…
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  • Quick Take: 49ers at Falcons

    Quick Take: 49ers at Falcons

    Five things to know about the San Francisco 49ers' matchup against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday in the Georgia Dome: 1. QB matchup. The 49ers' Colin Kaepernick ranked third and the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan ranked fourth i…
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  • Bryant's FG rescues Falcons from late collapse

    Bryant's FG rescues Falcons from late collapse

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left and the Atlanta Falcons bounced back after blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, defeating Russell Wilson and the gutty Seattle Seahawks 30-28 in an NFC divisional playoff game Sunday.
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  • The Mayor Of Denver Has To Do The Ray Lewis Dance Now

    The Mayor Of Denver Has To Do The Ray Lewis Dance Now

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    Mayors of rival cities make cities make light-hearted bets on the outcome of sporting events all the time. Just yesterday the Packers-49ers game had chocolates, cheese curds, sparkling wine, "a free admission day to the Children's Museum" and …
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  • Gus Bradley to interview for two other coaching jobs

    Gus Bradley to interview for two other coaching jobs

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Just before Atlanta burned Richard Sherman for a 46-yard touchdown pass and a 20-0 lead, Thom Brenaman of FOX said that Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley indicated on Saturday that he’ll interview for two head-coaching jobs other than the Eagle
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  • 49ers kicker David Akers had to fight halftime dancers for kick…

    49ers kicker David Akers had to fight halftime dancers for kicking room

    yahoo.com Jan 13, 2013
    Man, life is tough for a kicker. You get all the blame (and death threats) for losses when you miss a game-winner; you fight for your job with every single soccer player/college kicker/donkey who wanders into camp; and since you're not a hulking physica…
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  • Your Divisional Playoffs Open Thread

    Your Divisional Playoffs Open Thread

    deadspin.com Jan 13, 2013
    Seattle at Atlanta 1:00 p.m. (FOX): Well, it's put up or shut up for the "Falcons stink in the playoffs" narrative. It really could not have shaken out any worse for them, though, as the white-hot Seattle Seahawks come into town. While Atlanta…
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  • Ken Whisenhunt interviewed in San Diego Saturday

    Ken Whisenhunt interviewed in San Diego Saturday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    The Chargers added another name to their list of coaching candidates on Saturday when former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed for their head coaching job. Whisenhunt was fired at the end of the regular season after the Cardinals finished the y…
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  • John Abraham set to go for Falcons

    John Abraham set to go for Falcons

    The Falcons listed defensive end John Abraham as questionable for their Divisional Round game with the Seahawks and the answer wound up being a positive one. Abraham is in the lineup and expected to start for the Falcons after spraining his ankle in the…
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  • NFL divisional round inactives

    NFL divisional round inactives

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    Here are the inactives for today's matchup: Seahawks: CB Byron Maxwell, LB Allen Bradford, CB DeShawn Shead, G Rishaw Johnson, OL Mike Person, DT Jaye Howard, WR Deon Butler Falcons: QB Dominique Davis, WR Tim Toone, CB Chris Owens, G Phillipkeith Manle…
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  • Countdown Live: Seahawks-Falcons

    Countdown Live: Seahawks-Falcons

    ESPN.com Jan 13, 2013
    Join our ESPN.com NFL experts for the NFC throw down between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 1 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: Seahawks-Falcons
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  • Donald Driver, Greg Jennings unsure if they’re done as Packers

    Donald Driver, Greg Jennings unsure if they’re done as Packers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 13, 2013
    Green Bay receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings both acknowledged in the locker room following Saturday’s loss to the 49ers that they might have played their last games with the Packers. The 37-year-old Driver caught just eight passes in 2012, and i
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  • Video - Falcons Win Wild Game, Advance To NFC Championship 01:37

    Falcons Win Wild Game, Advance To NFC Championship

    Jan 13
    Highlight Of The Night: The Seahawks erased a 20-point deficit to take a late lead, but Matt Bryant's 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left gave the Falcons a 30-28 win.
  • Video - Ryan Discusses Win 00:34

    Ryan Discusses Win

    Jan 13
    Matt Ryan comments on the Falcons' 30-28 win against the Seahawks.
  • Video - Wilson, Seahawks Come Up Short 02:13

    Wilson, Seahawks Come Up Short

    Jan 13
    Russell Wilson after Seahawks fall to Falcons in NFC Divisional Playoff.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Recap: Seahawks-Falcons 03:20

    Countdown Daily Recap: Seahawks-Falcons

    Jan 13
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Falcons' 30-28 win over the Seahawks.

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    Jan 13
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    Jan 13
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    Jan 13
    The Falcons and 49ers found vindication while winning their way into the NFC Championship Game.