This is the January 20, 2013 news archive. View today's NFC West rumors and news.

NFC West News and Rumors

Ravens, 49ers win to set up Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Super Bowl

Ravens, 49ers win to set up Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Super Bowl

profootballtalk.com yahoo.com Updated Jan 20, 2013
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 had
Upvote Share Tweet
  • Quick Take: 49ers vs. Ravens

    Quick Take: 49ers vs. Ravens

    ESPN.com Jan 20, 2013
    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 Tweet
  • Bucs rookie RB Martin added to Pro Bowl roster

    Bucs rookie RB Martin added to Pro Bowl roster

    The 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 yet

    Super Bowl-bound 49ers not celebrating yet

    ESPN.com Jan 20, 2013
    ATLANTA -- 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 Tweet
  • Report: Matt Ryan has sprained AC joint

    Report: Matt Ryan has sprained AC joint

    The 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 Tweet
  • Fitzgerald, Thomas, Witten named finalists for Walter Payton Ma…

    Fitzgerald, Thomas, Witten named finalists for Walter Payton Man of the Year award

    profootballtalk.com Jan 20, 2013
    Among 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 Tweet
  • LB Washington to Pro Bowl

    LB Washington to Pro Bowl

    CNNSI.com Jan 20, 2013
    TEMPE, 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 A…

    Here's A Woman Who Claims She's Dashon Goldson's Aunt Cursing And Screaming Incoherently On Live Television

    deadspin.com Jan 20, 2013
    Hat 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 Extr…

    Jim Harbaugh's Failed Challenge Freakout Is Even Better In Extreme Slow Motion

    deadspin.com Jan 20, 2013
    We 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 Tweet
  • Falcons fan stabbed in throat by 49ers fan after loss

    Falcons fan stabbed in throat by 49ers fan after loss

    yahoo.com Jan 20, 2013
    ATLANTA - 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 Tweet
  • A Scuffle Between Falcons And 49ers Fans Outside The Georgia Do…

    A Scuffle Between Falcons And 49ers Fans Outside The Georgia Dome Led To A Stabbing

    A 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 f…

    Super Turnaround: The 49ers' defense was pushed around in the first…

    CNNSI.com Jan 20, 2013
    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 B…

    Jim Trotter: 49ers complete road back to relevance with Super Bowl berth

    CNNSI.com Jan 20, 2013
    ATLANTA -- 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 Tweet
  • Mort:  Wilson didn’t know agent asked Seahawks for a raise

    Mort: Wilson didn’t know agent asked Seahawks for a raise

    ESPN’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 re
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Muscle Hamster heads to Hawaii

    Muscle Hamster heads to Hawaii

    profootballtalk.com Jan 20, 2013
    With 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 Staley
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • This Jim Harbaugh Freakout Is Priceless: Your NFL Conference Ch…

    This Jim Harbaugh Freakout Is Priceless: Your NFL Conference Championships GIFs Roundup

    deadspin.com Jan 20, 2013
    We'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 Tweet
  • 49ers claim NFC: For the first time since 1995, San Francisco i…

    49ers claim NFC: For the first time since 1995, San Francisco is h…

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 20, 2013
    For 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 staff

    Report: Tom Moore joining Cardinals staff

    profootballtalk.com Jan 20, 2013
    When 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’t
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • NaVorro Bowman becomes part of 49ers lore with a clutch fourth-…

    NaVorro Bowman becomes part of 49ers lore with a clutch fourth-down pass breakup

    yahoo.com Jan 20, 2013
    Matt 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 Tweet
  • Niners rally to win NFC title, reach Super Bowl

    Niners rally to win NFC title, reach Super Bowl

    Frank 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 Tweet
  • San Francisco erases 17-point Atlanta lead, tops Falcons 28-24 …

    San Francisco erases 17-point Atlanta lead, tops Falcons 28-24 to punch Super Bowl ticket

    yahoo.com Jan 20, 2013
    ATLANTA — 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 game
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Did Atlanta’s Asante Samuel’s smack talk lead to David Akers’ f…

    Did Atlanta’s Asante Samuel’s smack talk lead to David Akers’ field goal miss for San Francisco?

    yahoo.com Jan 20, 2013
    David 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 Tweet
  • Falcons' Turner leaves game early with sprained ankle

    Falcons' Turner leaves game early with sprained ankle

    CNNSI.com Jan 20, 2013
    ATLANTA (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 game

    49er take their first lead of the game

    profootballtalk.com Jan 20, 2013
    For 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 deal

    Source: Seahawks DC Quinn gets $5.7M deal

    ESPN.com Jan 20, 2013
    The 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 10

    San Fran answers, pulls within 10

    profootballtalk.com Jan 20, 2013
    Well, 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 roo
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Source: Charge unlikely for 49ers' Crabtree

    Source: Charge unlikely for 49ers' Crabtree

    One 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 Tweet
  • No surprises on 49ers-Falcons inactive lists

    No surprises on 49ers-Falcons inactive lists

    The 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 deactivat
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • 49ers confident in Justin Smith's arm

    49ers confident in Justin Smith's arm

    ESPN.com Jan 20, 2013
    ATLANTA -- 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 Tweet
  • Countdown Live: NFC Championship Game

    Countdown Live: NFC Championship Game

    ESPN.com Jan 20, 2013
    Join 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-Falcons
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Ray Horton isn’t married to the 3-4 defense

    Ray Horton isn’t married to the 3-4 defense

    profootballtalk.com Jan 20, 2013
    Browns 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 was
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Chargers hire ex-Cardinals special teams coach

    Chargers hire ex-Cardinals special teams coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 20, 2013
    Head 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 c
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Video - Jim Harbaugh the genius 03:16

    Jim Harbaugh the genius

    Jan 20
    The "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.
  • Video - 49ers Advance To Sixth Super Bowl In Franchise History 00:46

    49ers Advance To Sixth Super Bowl In Franchise History

    Jan 20
    Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore talk about beating the Falcons to advance to the Super Bowl.
  • Video - 49ers Rally Past Falcons, Advance To Super Bowl 01:12

    49ers Rally Past Falcons, Advance To Super Bowl

    Jan 20
    The 49ers overcame a 17-point deficit to capture the NFC Championship with a 28-24 victory over the Falcons.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Recap: 49ers-Falcons 03:56

    Countdown Daily Recap: 49ers-Falcons

    Jan 20
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the 49ers' 28-24 win over the Falcons to move on to Super Bowl XLVII.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Ravens prove again that, in January, down doesn't always mean o…

    Jan 20
    FOXBORO, 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 20
    Baltimore 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 20
    FOXBORO, 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 20
    Super Bowl Q&A: The Harbaugh Bowl has plenty of other interesting storylines.