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The 49ers have acknowledged the allegation of sexual assault against receiver Michael Crabtree via the issuance of a standard, perfunctory statement that really doesn’t state anything. “We are aware of the allegation against Michael and understand thaUpvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh knows how to evaluate QBsJim Harbaugh knows how to evaluate QBs On his first full day as a head football coach, Jim Harbaugh got right to work building his reputation as a pre-eminent evaluator of quarterbacks. Oakland Tech's Josh Johnson was 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, and until Har…Upvote Share Tweet
49ers NFC Championship Preview49ers NFC Championship Preview Crabtree has doubled his production on throws outside the painted numbers with Kaepernick at quarterback, including five receptions for 64 yards in the playoff win over Green Bay. Kaepernick's record day In his eighth care…Upvote Share Tweet
49ers not just happy to be there49ers not just happy to be there Last year, Alex Smith's last-second divisional-playoff touchdown pass to Vernon Davis inspired tears, whoops and hugs as the 49ers secured their first playoff win since 2003. Last week, Colin Kaepernick's 444 total yards…Upvote Share Tweet
New breed of QBs shaking up the NFLNew breed of QBs shaking up the NFL Before the days of drop-back passers, pioneered by Paul Brown and mastered by the likes of Don Coryell and Bill Walsh, football was a run-first game that hinged on multitalented quarterbacks who could fake handoffs, r…Upvote Share Tweet
Breaking down the 49ersBreaking down the 49ers What they do On offense, as you may have noticed last week, the 49ers employ plenty of the read-option orchestrated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who also gained large chunks of his 181 rushing yards against Green Bay when he …Upvote Share Tweet
Mike Nolan: 49ers' success 'rewarding'Mike Nolan: 49ers' success 'rewarding' Beating the team that fired you to get there would not qualify as a cherry on top, Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan says. There were a lot of offensive coordinators and some friction with quarterback Alex S…Upvote Share TweetTaking the wraps off Kaepernick Taking the wraps off Kaepernick Since taking over as the 49ers' quarterback in week 10 of the season, Colin Kaepernick has shown a knack for capturing the spotlight and drawing attention. NFL quarterback is the ultimate p…Upvote Share Tweet
49ers previous NFC title game appearances49ers previous NFC title game appearances [...] Dallas' sturdy defense limited the 49ers to a first-quarter field goal and a third-quarter Brodie touchdown pass. The Cowboys followed running back Duane Thomas (143 yards rushing) to their Super Bowl appe…Upvote Share Tweet49ers-Falcons rivalry mostly lopsided When it comes to playoffs lore, the Falcons and the 49ers don't have much to share. Rather, the important hardware in the rivalry is the California State Championship Trophy. Neither had the 49ers until 1992, when F…Upvote Share Tweet
A fun time to be among the FaithfulA fun time to be among the Faithful For 49ers fans of all ages, a day at the game becomes even more enjoyable when the team is on its way to a winning year, division title and a chance to play in its 6th Super Bowl.Upvote Share Tweet
Position Statement: Where will Alex Smith land?yahoo.com Updated Jan 18, 2013The future looks bright in San Francisco as Colin Kaepernick has secured his position under center, but where does this leave Alex Smith? Expected to earn $8 million in 2013, Mike Florio says it makes no sense for the 49ers to invest that much money in …Upvote Share TweetNL MVP Buster Posey agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, teammate Hunter Pence got a $13.8 million deal and Jacoby Ellsbury settled with the Boston Red Sox for $9 million on a busy Friday as players and teams swapped…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Updated Jan 18, 2013Less than three weeks after he was fired as offensive coordinator of the Raiders, Greg Knapp is back in the AFC West. The Broncos have announced that Knapp is their new quarterbacks coach. Knapp fills the spot on the coaching staff that became vacant wh…Upvote Share Tweet
Super Possibilities: What has the Falcons reveling in their game with …What has the Falcons reveling in their game with the 49ers? Can the Ravens' defense hold up against the vaunted Patriots' offense? Peter King answers these and more in his Last Word.Upvote Share Tweet
Kerry J. Byrne: Changes on offense fueling Ravens, Niners in playoffsThe Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers each made major and even controversial decisions on offense this year.Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Updated Jan 18, 2013The kicking competition in San Francisco is officially over. David Akers will continue to be the kicker for the 49ers as the team announced they have waived Billy Cundiff on Friday. Cundiff was signed nearly three weeks ago amid concerns over Akers cons…Upvote Share TweetThe Suns came to terms Friday with coach Alvin Gentry on his midseason departure. A friend of Gentry's said the coach had anticipated he would be fired at the end of the season, which is shaping up to be the Suns' worst since they went 16-66 in their ex…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Jan 18, 2013Reigning NL MVP and batting champion Buster Posey is among four San Francisco Giants to reach agreement on one-year contracts that avoided salary arbitration.Upvote Share TweetCHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza to avoid arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
A's avoid arbitration, agree with Moss, BlevinsMLB.com Updated Jan 18, 2013The A's came to terms with their final arbitration-eligible players on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with Brandon Moss and Jerry Blevins.Upvote Share TweetLAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have hired Matt Cavanaugh as their quarterbacks coach and Skip Peete as their running backs coach.Upvote Share TweetA person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans tells The Associated Press that Alicia Keys has been lined up to perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game in New Orleans on Feb. 3.Upvote Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…Upvote Share Tweet
Sando's best guess: Week 20 predictionESPN.com Updated Jan 18, 2013The anticipated trip to Candlestick Park for the NFC Championship Game has taken a detour to Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons earned it with a 30-28 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round. It's now up to the San Francisco 49ers to give th…Upvote Share TweetThe results are good, but 49ers running back Frank Gore was slow to warm to his team’s pistol formation and reliance on read-option runs with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. He said the first time he saw the offense was on television “probably OregonUpvote Share Tweet
Conference Championship Game Matchupsnytimes.com Updated Jan 18, 2013Will Ray Lewis's retirement tour get one more stop?Upvote Share TweetGonzalez learned 'routine' from greats The defensive linemen soon show up, to get some extra shots on the blocking sled. The offensive linemen aren't about to be shown up by those Neanderthals, so they hit the practice field a half hour early as well. G…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: A New Face For CardinalsJan 18Episode 252: Kevin Connors and Chris Mortensen discuss the Cardinals new head coach Bruce Arians. Mark Schlereth breaks down the expectations for Joe Flacco this Sunday. The NFL32 crew discuss which player will impact the 49ers-Falcons game.
NFL Kickoff Overtime: Title GamesJan 18Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi preview the NFC and AFC championship games on Sunday.
'Playbook': Ninersâ€™ defense ready to rollJan 18Will the Atlanta Falcons be able to run against the stiff San Francisco 49ers' defense? The "Playbook" gang discusses how the safeties will try and help the run defense.
Why did San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick fall in draft?Jan 18Why did San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick last until the 39th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft? Charley Casserly explains why Kaepernick was expected to go even later in the draft due to his raw tools.
Peter King: Ravens owe consistent success to 'other' HarbaughJan 18ATLANTA -- I'll be spending the weekend covering the NFC Championship Game, but before I get too heavy into Niners-Falcons, I wanted to write about the most under-appreciated single person of the NFL weekend: John Harbaugh.
Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get revenge on Patri…Jan 18The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…
NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Championship roundJan 18Teams put up 276 points in the divisional round of the playoffs. Will the trend continue?
The Sports Guy's All-Te'o MailbagJan 18Even the NFL playoffs can wait for the weirdest sports story of our age.