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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers passes against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at Candlestick Park on December 23, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kaepernick, Strong Defense Help Establish 49ers Among NFL’s Best In 2013

Although they made a deeper playoff push a year ago, the 2013 season for the 49ers was far from a letdown. The team continued to improve each week, and heading into the off season know that they have a quarterback and defense that is going to make them contenders for years to come.

01/21/2014

Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after he tips the ball leading to an intereption by outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 to clinch the victory for the Seahawks against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seahawks Sherman Makes Big Play, Talks Bigger

Seconds after making the game-saving play to send Seattle to the Super Bowl, safety Richard Sherman proved he was just warming up.

01/19/2014

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers avoids being tackled by Mario Addison #97 of the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Kaepernick Lifts 49ers Over Panthers 23-10

Colin Kaepernick threw one TD pass and ran for another score as the 49ers defeated the Panthers 23-10 Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game.

01/12/2014

Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a 31-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Seahawks Rumble Past Saints 23-15, Will Host NFC Title Game

Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-15 Seahawks victory Saturday against the Saints in the NFC playoff game.

01/11/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers Want Payback In Rematch With Carolina Panthers

Up next for the 49ers are the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers came to Candlestick earlier this season and beat San Francisco, the 49ers are the better team and have a very good shot at winning their second straight road playoff game.

01/07/2014

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49ers Edge Packers 23-20 In Frigid Wild-Card Game

Phil Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lead the 49ers past the Packers 23-20 on Sunday night .

01/05/2014

Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints scores a 24 yard touchdown thrown by  Drew Brees #9 in the third quarter Cary Williams #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Eagles Season Over After 26-24 Loss To Saints

The Eagles are eliminated from the playoffs following their 26-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints Saturday night.

01/04/2014

LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions  at Lincoln Financial Field. (Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

LeSean McCoy Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Month

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has had the best season of his career. Leading the league in rushing, the Chip Kelly run-heavy offense has benefited McCoy perhaps the most of any player on the team.

01/02/2014

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Newton Needs Panthers Players To Step Up

The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.

12/31/2013

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Which Team Is The Best Opponent for Seattle?

Seattle has already faced, and beaten, both the Saints and 49ers this season but not the Packers. Does the unknown help or hurt a team in the Playoffs?

12/31/2013

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DeSean Jackson Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week for his performance in the Eagles 36-21 win over the New York Giants.

10/09/2013

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Sports Verdict: Which Conference Will Win Super Bowl XLVIII? AFC Vs. NFC

Each team has just 16 chances to distinguish itself from the pack in order to secure a playoff spot and hopefully a bid in the Super Bowl. The question is, quite simply, will the Super Bowl champion emerge from the AFC or NFC?

09/06/2013

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NFC Update: NFL Preseason Victories Overshadowed By Key Player Losses

Here’s an update on which NFC teams took a step forward this week, and which ones overwhelmed the training staff with a rash of new injuries…

08/19/2013

2013 NFL Pro Bowl

NFL Does Away With NFC-AFC Format For Pro Bowl

As the least entertaining “all-star” game in the four major sports, the NFL is trying to do something to spice up the yearly Pro Bowl.

07/31/2013

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NFC Update: Injuries Sideline Key Players Ahead Of NFL Season

The good news is, arrests and court cases did not dominate NFL news this week. The bad news is that injuries to key players overwhelmed the news cycle instead.

07/30/2013

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