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Alex Smith gets left behind as 49ers move on with a new quarter…

Alex Smith gets left behind as 49ers move on with a new quarterback

The old notion that a player can't lose his job due to injury is used almost exclusively by terrible coaches. Good coaches play the best players, regardless of how they got their chance. And Alex Smith is no longer the 49ers' best option at quarterback.…
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  • Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley kicks 49ers OL Alex Boone in the hea…

    Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley kicks 49ers OL Alex Boone in the head, is ejected from game

    yahoo.com Nov 25, 2012
    With all the folderol about whether Ndamukong Suh did or did not kick Matt Schaub in the man-parts during the Houston Texans' overtime win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day, the move that New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley put…
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  • Victory trumps QB confusion for 49ers

    Victory trumps QB confusion for 49ers

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    NEW ORLEANS -- There were two primary takeaways from the San Francisco 49ers' latest physically dominant performance against a potential NFC contender. One, the 49ers can beat capable opponents, especially one-dimensional ones, in multiple ways. They mi…
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  • Darren Sproles flips the much-larger Aldon Smith off his back (…

    Darren Sproles flips the much-larger Aldon Smith off his back (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Nov 25, 2012
    In this corner, we have Aldon Smith. The San Francisco 49ers' linebacker is sporting red and gold, stands 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 258 lbs. In this corner, we have Darren Spoles. Wearing black and gold, the New Orleans Saints running back stands a scan…
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  • 49ers use Kaepernick, defense to down Saints

    49ers use Kaepernick, defense to down Saints

    Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner returned interceptions for touchdowns, the 49ers sacked Drew Brees five times, and San Francisco ended the New Orleans Saints' three-game winning streak, 31-21 on Sunday.
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  • 49ers' defense flusters Brees in victory

    49ers' defense flusters Brees in victory

    CNNSI.com Nov 25, 2012
    Colin Kaepernick is proving he's worthy of being the 49ers' starting quarterback. San Francisco's new signal-caller scored two touchdowns to lead a 31-21 win over rival New Orleans.
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  • Sherman, Browner will play until appeals are resolved

    Sherman, Browner will play until appeals are resolved

    Largely lost in the news that Seahawks starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner face four-game suspensions for violation of the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances is that both players will continue to play until fur
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  • Rams make rookie look like rookie, beat Cards

    Rams make rookie look like rookie, beat Cards

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    Two weeks ago, Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens were deactivated and running stairs as punishment, after missing curfew. This week, they were helping the Rams win a game to improve to 4-6-1. Jenkins had a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, and…
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  • Rams rookie Janoris Jenkins becomes Ryan Lindley’s nightmare wi…

    Rams rookie Janoris Jenkins becomes Ryan Lindley’s nightmare with two interception returns for scores

    After three quarters, Larry Fitzgerald had three catches from Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley. Janoris Jenkins caught two passes from Lindley, and both went for touchdowns. The problem for Arizona is that Jenkins plays cornerback for the Rams.…
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  • 49ers return two Drew Brees interceptions for touchdowns

    49ers return two Drew Brees interceptions for touchdowns

    yahoo.com Nov 25, 2012
    San Francisco's defense has the ability to make anyone look bad, even the great Drew Brees. Brees doesn't often make mistakes, much less throwing a pair of interceptions that are returned for touchdowns in the same game. San Francisco got the Saints qua…
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  • Wrap-up: Rams 31, Cardinals 17

    Wrap-up: Rams 31, Cardinals 17

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    Thoughts on the St. Louis Rams' 31-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12 at University of Phoenix Stadium: What it means: The Cardinals' latest quarterback experiment will not produce immediate positive results, even at home against a struggl…
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  • Liquid Menace Stalks Official: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    Liquid Menace Stalks Official: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Nov 25, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from official Buddy Of The West Horton narrowly escaping certain death to Indianapolis cheerleaders remaining Chuckstrong. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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  • MRI coming for Chris Spencer, Lance Louis has MCL injury

    MRI coming for Chris Spencer, Lance Louis has MCL injury

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    After Monday night’s loss to the 49ers, the Bear changed out 40 percent of their starting offensive line.  After Sunday’s win over the Vikings, there’s likely to be another 40-percent turnover. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that guard C
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  • Lindley leads Cardinals to early lead

    Lindley leads Cardinals to early lead

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    What quarterback controversy? Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley just led a 15-play, 91-yard touchdown drive, to give his side a 7-0 lead over the Rams. Running back Beanie Wells (in his first game back after being activated from injured reserve …
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  • Jay Cutler stiffarms tackler and ties teammate’s shoes on retur…

    Jay Cutler stiffarms tackler and ties teammate’s shoes on return from concussion

    yahoo.com Nov 25, 2012
    Jay Cutler missed the Chicago Bears' disastrous loss to the San Francisco 49ers. On his return, he threw a nasty stiffarm, earned an unsportsmanlike penalty, and tied a lineman's shoe on the way to a 28-10 Bears victory. Early in the game, Cutler was ru…
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  • Dolphins snap skid on Carpenter's field goal

    Dolphins snap skid on Carpenter's field goal

    Dan Carpenter kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final play Sunday, and the Miami Dolphins scored 17 points in the last 8:08 to rally past the Seattle Seahawks 24-21.
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  • Rams' Amendola active; Cards' Campbell out

    Rams' Amendola active; Cards' Campbell out

    St. Louis wide receiver Danny Amendola is active for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals after being listed as doubtful on Friday.
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  • Sprinklers go off in the third quarter of Dolphins-Seahawks at …

    Sprinklers go off in the third quarter of Dolphins-Seahawks at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium

    With 1:53 left in the third quarter of the Miami Dolphins' game against the Seattle Seahawks at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill ran for a 19-yard gain, taking the ball from the Miami 33-yard line to the Seattle 48. And then…
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  • Seahawks-Dolphins Delayed When Sun Life Stadium Sprinklers Go O…

    Seahawks-Dolphins Delayed When Sun Life Stadium Sprinklers Go Off Mid-Game

    deadspin.com Nov 25, 2012
    Damn you, BW3. In a premature attempt to extend what's so far been a boring Seattle-Miami NFL game, a groundskeeping blunder led to a delay in the action when midway through the third quarter, Sun Life Stadium's sprinkler system went off, leading player…
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  • Week 12 late inactives

    Week 12 late inactives

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    Bye weeks are all over, but Thanksgiving means that we still have a light slate of late afternoon kickoffs around the league. It’s not the most exciting set of games, either, although the 49ers’ visit to the Saints has plenty of compelling storylines.
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  • Calais Campbell, Zach Strief headline late game NFL inactive li…

    Calais Campbell, Zach Strief headline late game NFL inactive lists

    yahoo.com Nov 25, 2012
    In a minor surprise, the St. Louis Rams will have wide receiver Danny Amendola for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Amendola had been listed as "doubtful" after missing all of last week's practices with a foot injury. Amendola lead…
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  • Wrap-up: Dolphins 24, Seahawks 21

    Wrap-up: Dolphins 24, Seahawks 21

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 24-21 road loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 12: What it means: The Seattle defense failed to hold a late-game lead on the road once again, same as the case was at Detroit. As a result, the Seahawks are 6-5 heading int…
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  • Russell Wilson gets on hot streak, Seahawks take lead

    Russell Wilson gets on hot streak, Seahawks take lead

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    After a slow start, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has found his footing. He’s brought his team back for a 14-7 lead over the Dolphins, with a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives. He’s also completed 14 straight passes, on the kind of hot streak heâ
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  • NFC West watching from the Superdome

    NFC West watching from the Superdome

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    NEW ORLEANS -- Greetings from the Superdome, site of the San Francisco 49ers' Week 12 game against the New Orleans Saints. I arrived early enough to walk around the Superdome and surrounding area before the early kickoffs. The shrimp poboy sandwich at W…
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  • Week 12 trip inside 2012 Playoff Machine

    Week 12 trip inside 2012 Playoff Machine

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    ESPN's Playoff Machine returned recently, allowing users to project playoff seeding based on game outcomes. The machine allows for picking outcomes on a game-by-game basis, or by general parameters. A quick look at how the NFC's top six would shake out …
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  • Cardinals’ struggles could trigger a house cleaning

    Cardinals’ struggles could trigger a house cleaning

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    The Steelers have had three coaches since 1969.  In that same period of time, the Cardinals have had 14. On average, that’s one new coach every three years.  And for a franchise that has existed since 1920, only Jim Hanifan has finished six seasons as
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  • Video - 49ers postgame press conference 04:44

    49ers postgame press conference

    Nov 25
    49ers react following game with Saints
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Rams-Cardinals Recap 03:12

    Sunday Blitz: Rams-Cardinals Recap

    Nov 25
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Rams' 31-17 win over the Cardinals.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: 49ers-Saints Recap 03:32

    Sunday Blitz: 49ers-Saints Recap

    Nov 25
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the 49ers' 31-21 win over the Saints.
  • Video - Rams Snap Winless Streak 00:35

    Rams Snap Winless Streak

    Nov 25
    Rams top Cardinals for their first win in six games, 31-17.

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    Nov 25
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    Nov 25
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