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After Griffin, fearing for Justin Smith
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After Griffin, fearing for Justin Smith NFC PLAYOFFS PACKERS VS. 49ERS The left triceps tendon of the 49ers' super-valuable defensive tackle is partially torn. Who has the final say-so on whether Smith will play - Smith, coach Jim Harbaugh, or the team …Share Tweet
Good health helped NFC West leaders2012 Fewest Starter Games Lost to Injury The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks kept their starting lineups generally healthy during the 2012 regular season. That has changed recently. San Francisco is hoping defensive end Justin Smith can functio…Share Tweet
“God willing and the creek don’t rise” Justin Smith will playIt continues to look like all systems go for 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that there has been “significant improvement” since Smith was initially injured and informed the media that he expected to have SmithShare TweetA picture of the field at Candlestick Park posted on Facebook by kicker Billy Cundiff raised concerns that there might be another problematic playing surface one week after complaints about the poor conditions at FedEx Field in last weekend’s Seahawks wShare TweetGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb should be ready for Saturday night's NFC divisional playoff game against San Francisco despite missing practice Wednesday.Share Tweet
Kerry J. Byrne: Numbers show that Harbaugh will come to regret Kaepernick moveSan Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will regret the decision to bench highly efficient quarterback Alex Smith in favor of Colin Kaepernick in the middle of the season. And there's a good chance that moment of regret will come Saturday night at Candle…Share Tweet
On Aldon Smith's relative sack droughtThe San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith used a power move to drive back Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn on a third-and-8 play during a 48-3 victory in Week 5 last season. Smith drove Penn directly into quarterback Josh Freeman, forcing Freeman…Share Tweet
The Plot Thickens: Think you're prepared for the divisional round? T…Think you're prepared for the divisional round? Think again. Dig deep, and you'll find some intriguing storylines that provide a backdrop for this weekend, Don Banks writes.Share Tweet
Don Banks: No shortage of storylines surrounding NFL's elite eightThe best weekend of the NFL season is just ahead, with the league's elite eight colliding in a burst of divisional-round playoff football. Here are eight of the best storylines that provide a backdrop for the action to come:Share TweetThe 2012 season began at Lambeau Field for ESPN.com's NFC West and NFC North bloggers. The San Francisco 49ers had a Week 1 date against the Green Bay Packers, which meant that Mike Sando and Kevin Seifert would be working side by side in a game that fi…Share TweetIn the Divisional Round of last year’s playoffs, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had seven catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 14 seconds left to play. Things haven’t been quite so robust in the passing game for DavisShare Tweet
Brilliant Move: Colin Kaepernick, like his coach, shows uncanny i…Colin Kaepernick, like his coach, shows uncanny intangibles. Plus, he brings long-term comfort to the franchise, making Jim Harbaugh look ingenius, writes Michael Rosenberg.Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Broncos Look To Repeat Against RavensJan 9Episode 245: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the upcoming matchup between the Ravens and Broncos. Mark Schlereth breaks down the effectiveness of Aldon Smith. The NFL32 crew discuss the divisional playoff matchups.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis: 'We have to play a complete game'Jan 9San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis joins "NFL Total Access" to talk about his expectations for his team in the postseason.
2012: Best of San Francisco 49ers running back Frank GoreJan 9San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore rushed for 1,214 yards and had eight touchdowns in 2012. Relive his biggest moments of the season.
Road To The Superdome: 49ersJan 9Dan Graziano and Mike Sando talk about how the 49ers will fare on the road to the Superdome
Kerry J. Byrne: Numbers show that Harbaugh will come to regret Kaepernick …Jan 9San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will regret the decision to bench highly efficient quarterback Alex Smith in favor of Colin Kaepernick in the middle of the season. And there's a good chance that moment of regret will come Saturday night at Candle…
Don Banks: No shortage of storylines surrounding NFL's elite eightJan 9The best weekend of the NFL season is just ahead, with the league's elite eight colliding in a burst of divisional-round playoff football. Here are eight of the best storylines that provide a backdrop for the action to come:
Sports Guy Time Machine: Baseball HOF RevisitedJan 9Here's a column I wrote about the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2007 for ESPN The Magazine, back when I still cared who made it. Six years later, I...