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Jack Harbaugh played one year of professional football, with the AFL’s New York Titans in 1961. He began a long career as a high school and college coach in 1964. But Jack Harbaugh’s lasting impact on the game of football will be the fact that he hadUpvote Share Tweet
Five nuggets of knowledge about Super Bowl XLVII, in which the Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3: 1. Family affair: The coaching Harbaughs, Jim and John, will of course be on opposite sidelines when Jim's San Francisco 49ers face J…Upvote Share TweetThe San Francisco 49ers' appearance in the Super Bowl means Arizona inside linebacker Daryl Washington is headed to the Pro Bowl.Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl-bound 49ers not celebrating yetATLANTA -- There was so much for the San Francisco 49ers to celebrate Sunday following their 28-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. A couple of the younger players, Ricky Jean Francois and Anthony Dixon, danced on a riser a…Upvote Share TweetThe season came to a painful end for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in more ways than one. The Falcons blew a 17-point lead on their way to a 28-24 loss to the 49ers and Ryan wound up with an injury to his left shoulder. Ryan got crushed by 49ers linebac…Upvote Share TweetAmong the various awards to be distributed the night before the Super Bowl will be the one that combines on-field performance with off-field service. This year, the finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award are Cardinals receiver Larry F…Upvote Share TweetTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers' appearance in the Super Bowl means Arizona inside linebacker Daryl Washington is headed to the Pro Bowl.Upvote Share Tweet
Here's A Woman Who Claims She's Dashon Goldson's Aunt Cursing And Screaming Incoherently On Live TelevisionHat tip to ol' Diamond Joe on this one, from the NFC Championship Game postgame show today on KTTV, L.A.'s Fox affiliate. This segment was actually considerably longer than you see here, and includes several more minutes of ill-advised drunken fan inter…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh's Failed Challenge Freakout Is Even Better In Extreme Slow MotionWe brought you the GIF, and so you had to figure the Deadspin Video was coming. Jim Harbaugh and his legendary temper are headed to the Super Bowl, and if we're lucky America's largest television audience will get to witness another historic meltdown li…Upvote Share TweetATLANTA - Most of the crowd leaving the Georgia Dome following the Falcons' 28-24 loss to the 49ers left calmly, contemplating what might have been. But in at least one instance, a dispute between a Falcons fan and a 49ers fan turned violent. According …Upvote Share TweetA fight that broke out after the NFC Championship game in Atlanta led to a stabbing, reports say. WSBTV in Atlanta is gathering details: More »Upvote Share Tweet
Super Turnaround: The 49ers' defense was pushed around in the first…The 49ers' defense was pushed around in the first half, but made enough plays, especially in the final quarter, to stun the Falcons 28-24 in the NFC title game, says Chris Burke.Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Trotter: 49ers complete road back to relevance with Super Bowl berthATLANTA -- For years he had dreamed of the moment, and when it arrived early Sunday evening Frank Gore was nearly speechless. He stammered for a moment, with no consistent train of thought. Then he smiled wide.Upvote Share TweetESPN’s Chris Mortensen stirred up a bit of a storm earlier in the day, reporting that the Seahawks received a call last week from a representative of quarterback Russell Wilson “insisting” that Wilson’s contract be adjusted. Agent Bus Cook, who reUpvote Share Tweet
Muscle Hamster heads to HawaiiWith the 49ers qualifying for the Super Bowl, the NFL needs to replace San Fran’s eight Pro Bowlers. The NFL already has announced that Bucs running back Doug Martin will replace running back Frank Gore. The other 49ers Pro Bowlers are tackle Joe StaleyUpvote Share Tweet
This Jim Harbaugh Freakout Is Priceless: Your NFL Conference Championships GIFs RoundupWe're going to be putting our GIFs from the respective Conference Championship games right here. So if you're looking for Julio Jones's touchdown scoring and/or security guard eliminating prowess, here's your spot. We'll update with Patriots-Ravens as s…Upvote Share TweetFor the first time since 1995, San Francisco is headed to the Super Bowl. The Falcons overcame a 17-point hole and held off the Falcons to earn a 28-24 win in the NFC title game.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Tom Moore joining Cardinals staffWhen Tom Moore’s consulting gig with the Titans came to an end, he said he wanted another job in the NFL for the coming season. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Moore is going to be part of Bruce Arians’ staff in Arizona. Moore won’tUpvote Share Tweet
NaVorro Bowman becomes part of 49ers lore with a clutch fourth-down pass breakupMatt Ryan and the Falcons' passing offense had a great Sunday against the 49ers, but when Atlanta needed 4 yards, San Francisco didn't let receiver Roddy White have an inch of open space. The moment of truth in the NFC championship game came with 1:13 l…Upvote Share TweetFrank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.Upvote Share TweetATLANTA — Defense doesn’t win championships anymore. As the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers demonstrated conclusively in the NFC championship game on Sunday, defense is now flat-out optional for championships. This wasn’t a football gameUpvote Share TweetDavid Akers hasn't had a great season. The San Francisco 49ers kicker has struggled, and that didn't change when his team was down by three to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship. In the third quarter, David Akers missed a 38-yard field goal tha…Upvote Share TweetATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner limped off the field of Sunday's NFC title game against San Francisco in the third quarter with a sprained ankle.Upvote Share Tweet
49er take their first lead of the gameFor two straight weeks, the Falcons have blown three-score leads. They did it in the final minute last week, after leading the Seahawks 20-0 in the first half and 27-7 in the fourth quarter. This time, a 17-0 lead has become a 28-24 deficit with 8:23 t…Upvote Share Tweet
Source: Seahawks DC Quinn gets $5.7M dealThe Seattle Seahawks have given new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn a three-year contract worth $5.7 million, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
San Fran answers, pulls within 10Well, the Falcons won’t have to worry about blowing a 20-point lead this week. But they suddenly have to worry about blowing a 17-point lead, thanks to an 11-play, 80-yard drive from the 49ers that was punctuated by a 15-yard dash to the end zone by rooUpvote Share TweetOne well-placed league source said he "highly, highly doubted" that 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree will be charged in the events that led to an investigation of sexual assault last week.Upvote Share TweetThe best news for the teams involved in today’s NFC Championship Game is that there are no significant injuries depleting the lineups. All the regulars left on the roster are well enough to go, with no surprises on the inactive list. The 49ers deactivatUpvote Share Tweet
49ers confident in Justin Smith's armATLANTA -- The San Francisco 49ers are going heavier at wide receiver and lighter on the defensive line in the NFC Championship Game. Translation: Justin Smith is healthy. The 49ers are keeping active five wide receivers, a relatively high number. They …Upvote Share TweetJoin our ESPN.com NFL experts for the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 3 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: 49ers-FalconsUpvote Share TweetBrowns defensive coordinator Ray Horton admits that he’s disappointed that he didn’t land a head coaching job this year, but that disappointment doesn’t take away his excitement over his new job. Horton, who left the Cardinals after Bruce Arians wasUpvote Share TweetHead coach Mike McCoy’s first Chargers staff is showing a lot of similarity to this year’s Cardinals staff. Ken Whisenhunt will be the offensive coordinator, Frank Reich will be the quarterbacks coach and now comes word that Keith Spencer will be in cUpvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh the geniusJan 20The "GameDay Final" crew discusses the brilliant scheming and play-calling of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh that led his team to a Super Bowl.
49ers Advance To Sixth Super Bowl In Franchise HistoryJan 20Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore talk about beating the Falcons to advance to the Super Bowl.
49ers Rally Past Falcons, Advance To Super BowlJan 20The 49ers overcame a 17-point deficit to capture the NFC Championship with a 28-24 victory over the Falcons.
Countdown Daily Recap: 49ers-FalconsJan 20Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the 49ers' 28-24 win over the Falcons to move on to Super Bowl XLVII.
Don Banks: Ravens prove again that, in January, down doesn't always mean o…Jan 20FOXBORO, Mass. -- Like the Giants last year, and the Packers the year before, we didn't really see these Baltimore Ravens coming, did we? But maybe we should have. After all, Super Bowl teams of late aren't always the beauty pageant winners, primping an…
NFL playoffs -- Baltimore Ravens' momentum evokes recent Super Bowl champi…Jan 20Baltimore Ravens silence doubters by crushing New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.
Don Banks: Brotherly love on hold as Harbaughs own Super Bowl XLVII; more …Jan 20FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from another unpredictable NFL championship Sunday...
NFL playoffs -- Who has it better than Harbaughs in Super Bowl?Jan 20Super Bowl Q&A: The Harbaugh Bowl has plenty of other interesting storylines.