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Arians hires Moore, Bowles, Goodwin as top aides

Arians hires Moore, Bowles, Goodwin as top aides

CNNSI.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 21, 2013
PHOENIX (AP) -- New Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has brought in Tom Moore and Harold Goodwin to help him overhaul the worst offense in the NFL.
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  • Wilson replaces Ryan on NFC Pro Bowl roster

    Wilson replaces Ryan on NFC Pro Bowl roster

    ESPN.com Jan 21, 2013
    Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has been added to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl after Atlanta's Matt Ryan withdrew due to an injury.
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  • Super Bowl XLVII: Get ready for Ray Lewis media coverage to be …

    Super Bowl XLVII: Get ready for Ray Lewis media coverage to be ramped up as Baltimore Ravens prepare for San Francisco 49ers

    nydailynews.com Jan 21, 2013
    It's reasonable to suggest that since he has returned from injury this season, Ray Lewis has provided motivation for the Ravens’ run to Super Bowl 47. That’s what his teammates say. The linebacker has also provided another service.
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  • Can Chip Make The Switch?

    Can Chip Make The Switch?

    CNNSI.com Jan 21, 2013
    As the Eagles' new coach, Chip Kelly faces more challenges than simply finding a quarterback. The biggest one? Adjusting to the NFL game's many differences, says Andy Staples.
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  • Jim Harbaugh calls facing brother is a blessing and a curse

    Jim Harbaugh calls facing brother is a blessing and a curse

    The fact that the Ravens and 49ers are coached by the Harbaugh brothers promises to be one of the most discussed angles to Super Bowl XLVII and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had his first chance to address the topic on Monday. Harbaugh said that he hopes to …
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  • Russell Wilson makes it to the Pro Bowl

    Russell Wilson makes it to the Pro Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 21, 2013
    Bus Cook has another reason to not ask the Seahawks for a new contract for Russell Wilson. Robert Griffin III, not Wilson, was the rookie quarterback named to the NFC Pro Bowl team.  But it’s Wilson, not Griffin, who’ll play in the game. Griffin is r
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  • Jim Harbaugh says he’s sticking with David Akers

    Jim Harbaugh says he’s sticking with David Akers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 21, 2013
    The Jive Turkey Gobbler is sticking with the Jive Turkey Wobbler. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that embattled kicker David Akers would keep that job for the Super Bowl. Akers missed a 38-yarder yester…
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  • Pressure? Niners Were 5-0 in Super Bowls With Montana and Young

    Pressure? Niners Were 5-0 in Super Bowls With Montana and Young

    nytimes.com Jan 21, 2013
    Among franchises with more than two Super Bowl victories, San Francisco has the only untarnished record.
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  • Jaws vs. Hoge: Picking Super Bowl winner

    Jaws vs. Hoge: Picking Super Bowl winner

    ESPN.com Jan 21, 2013
    ESPN's Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge are taking opposite sides in picking the Baltimore-San Francisco winner in the Super Bowl. As they spoke, my mind turned to the few players on each team with the raw athletic ability, notably speed, to make game-break…
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  • If 49ers wanted to change kickers, it can’t be Cundiff

    If 49ers wanted to change kickers, it can’t be Cundiff

    profootballtalk.com Jan 21, 2013
    At this point, the 49ers almost have no choice but to stick with kicker David Akers. But if they did decide to bring in another one, their first choice is off the table. Billy Cundiff, who was signed to light a fire under Akers’ seat earlier this month,
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  • Washington, Wilson worthy of Pro Bowl

    Washington, Wilson worthy of Pro Bowl

    ESPN.com Jan 21, 2013
    Picking apart the Pro Bowl selection process has become sport for NFL fans frustrated by seemingly unworthy choices. The groans have almost become automatic when the NFL announces players appearing as replacements for those unable to participate for rea…
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  • Man of Year: Fitz would join Largent, Warner

    Man of Year: Fitz would join Largent, Warner

    ESPN.com Jan 21, 2013
    Perhaps you've heard: The San Francisco 49ers are heading to the Super Bowl for a sixth time in franchise history. A few other NFC West items have slipped through around here amid all the red and gold confetti. I'm going to touch on a few of them, begin…
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  • Perspective, expectations for Vernon Davis

    Perspective, expectations for Vernon Davis

    Two of the first 10 players selected in the 2006 NFL draft are scheduled to start in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. Both are starters for the San Francisco 49ers. Both were arguably selected higher than their positions warranted in terms of value. 2006 NFL D…
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  • Moss gets his second shot at a Super Bowl ring

    Moss gets his second shot at a Super Bowl ring

    profootballtalk.com Jan 21, 2013
    Last year, when Randy Moss was retired and opted to take to the Internet to declare out of the blue (moon) his desire to return to football, the notion that Moss would be competing once again for his first Super Bowl ring would have been unfathomable. B…
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  • Falcons' Gonzalez: Career 'probably' done

    Falcons' Gonzalez: Career 'probably' done

    ESPN.com Jan 21, 2013
    Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez said Sunday's loss to the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game was "probably" his last NFL game, echoing his thoughts throughout the season that he was 95 percent sure he would retire after this season.
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  • 49ers, Seahawks came back from 37-0

    49ers, Seahawks came back from 37-0

    ESPN.com Jan 21, 2013
    NFC West rivals Seattle and San Francisco fell behind Atlanta by a combined 37-0 margin in successive weeks of the NFL postseason. Scoring by Quarters: Falcons vs. NFC West Both teams rallied into the lead during the fourth quarters of their games. The …
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  • NFC West slideshow: Championship Game

    NFC West slideshow: Championship Game

    ESPN.com Jan 21, 2013
    The San Francisco 49ers' best victory of the season to date helped produce our best NFC West slideshow of the season. Thanks to all those who took the time to share their NFC Championship Game experiences by tweeting game-day pics my way. Enjoy the show…
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  • Ndamukong Suh headed to Hawaii

    Ndamukong Suh headed to Hawaii

    profootballtalk.com Jan 21, 2013
    Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh might have ended up in Hawaii anyway, but it became official last night when the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl. Suh will replace Justin Smith of the 49ers in the Pro Bowl. Even if Atlanta had won, Smith’s partiall
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  • Kaepernick: 3rd-fewest starts for Super QB

    Kaepernick: 3rd-fewest starts for Super QB

    ESPN.com Jan 21, 2013
    Count @krisaverett among those wondering how many quarterbacks have started Super Bowls with fewer starts on their résumé than San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick possesses. QBs With Fewest Starts Before Super Bowl Jeff Hostetler and Vince Ferragamo are …
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  • 49ers and Ravens: The More Physical Teams Won

    49ers and Ravens: The More Physical Teams Won

    nytimes.com Jan 21, 2013
    San Francisco used its bruising ground game, and Baltimore relied on its rugged defense, to advance to the Super Bowl.
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  • John on HarBowl hype

    John on HarBowl hype

    CNNSI.com Jan 21, 2013
    Ravens head coach John Harbaugh reacts to having to face his brother Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.
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  • Niners Are 4.5-Point Favorites in Super Bowl

    Niners Are 4.5-Point Favorites in Super Bowl

    nytimes.com Jan 21, 2013
    The Ravens are the first underdog of more than a touchdown to win both the division and championship playoff rounds.
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  • Around the NFC West: Best QBs prevail

    Around the NFC West: Best QBs prevail

    ESPN.com Jan 21, 2013
    Around the NFC West: Jan. 21, 2013 Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan couldn't stop the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens from advancing to the Super Bowl with quarterbacks from Nevada and Delaware, respectively. …
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  • Is Defense (and Running) Still the Key to Winning in the N.F.L.…

    Is Defense (and Running) Still the Key to Winning in the N.F.L.?

    nytimes.com Jan 21, 2013
    New England and Atlanta, high-scoring offenses in the regular season, were each shut out in the second half.
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  • Lessons from loss to NY Giants in last year's NFC Championship …

    Lessons from loss to NY Giants in last year's NFC Championship Game propel San Francisco 49ers over Atlanta Falcons and into Sup

    nydailynews.com Jan 21, 2013
    Niners safety Donte Whitner recalls that no one said a negative word in the locker room after San Francisco lost to the Giants in the NFC Championship Game last year.
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  • Video - 49ers going to the ship! 00:44

    49ers going to the ship!

    Jan 21
    The San Francisco 49ers battled from behind to make a thrilling comeback and defeat the Atlanta Falcons to earn a spot in Super Bowl XLVII. Check out the team's exciting locker room celebration.
  • Video - Which Harbaugh has had the better season? 03:05

    Which Harbaugh has had the better season?

    Jan 21
    More impressive coaching performance in 2012: San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh or Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh? The "NFL Total Access" crew debates.
  • Video - Key to Colin Kaepernick's success 01:41

    Key to Colin Kaepernick's success

    Jan 21
    What traits make San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick such a threat to opposing defenses? Find out how the quarterback makes such a vital impact to the team's offense.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh on Super Bowl matchup: 'It is a blessing and a curse' 02:46

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh on Super Bowl matchup: 'It is a blessing and a curse'

    Jan 21
    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to the media about coaching against his brother, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, in Super Bowl XLVII.

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    Jan 21
    The Rooney Rule is nice in theory, but the NFL's diversity efforts must evolve. Plus, reader questions.
  • Peter King: Two compelling championship games produced HarBowl

    Jan 21
    ATLANTA -- The Niners are back. Hard to believe it's been 18 years since Steve Young threw six touchdown passes to shred the Chargers, then mimed having a monkey on his back while begging Harris Barton to rip it off, only to throw up a Gatorade/cookie m…