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NFC Playoffs

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 29: kicker Phil Dawson #9 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after kicking the game winning 40 yard field goal against the Arizona Cardinals during the final moments of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 23-20. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

49ers Lean On Experience In NFC Playoffs

Last year, the 49ers made an improbable run to the Super Bowl, before falling one play short of reaching the ultimate team goal. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens, a more experienced team that rode momentum all the way to a Championship. This year it’s San Francisco who fits this description and unlike last year, the Niners have everything in place to get past the rest of the NFC.

12/31/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 08: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers evades a rush by cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter on December 8, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 19-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

With Some Help, 49ers Can Punch Their Playoff Ticket This Weekend

With 3 weeks left in the season, San Francisco could possibly clinch a playoff spot this Sunday. They will need to beat Tampa Bay first, and after that will be rooting for the Titans, Vikings and Packers.

12/11/2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 17: David Hawthorne #57 of the New Orleans Saints tackles Bruce Miller #49 of the San Francisco 49ers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 17, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

numberFire Has It Wrong: 49ers Still Have Playoffs In Their Crosshairs

While a lot can happen before now and the end of the season, the playoffs are still very much in reach for the 49ers. Those who question San Francisco’s post-season chances are hanging their hat on the recent report from numberFire, giving them a 36.3 percent chance of making the playoffs. What is surprising is how anyone can agree with that.

11/20/2013

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Falcons Start Fast, But 49ers Rally Late To Advance To Super Bowl

In a game where the momentum switched hands several times, the 49ers were able to make one more play than the Falcons and will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. San Francisco bounced back from a slow start, and in the end, outplayed the home team. The 49ers have earned themselves a trip to New Orleans, where they will look to reach the pinnacle of the sport.

01/21/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14: David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after kicking a 41 yard field goal against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Harbaugh Will Rely On Akers For Remainder of Post Season

When Billy Cundiff was released this week, the 49ers made it clear that they have confidence in David Akers to makes kicks for the rest of the playoffs. Or it could be that they have less confidence in Cundiff. Either way, the team did the right thing by letting go of Cundiff prior to the team’s flight to Atlanta, letting Akers relax and focus on the game and not about being replaced.

01/20/2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons carries the ball during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Monkey Not Off Falcons’ Back Yet

When the Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks, they earned the first playoff win for both Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez. The entire franchise was able to breathe a sigh of relief, but will need to re-focus with San Francisco up next. With the winner heading to the Super Bowl, Atlanta must be careful to not suffer an emotional let down, and will face even more pressure as the stakes have been raised.

01/18/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers in actions against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

49ers Bringing New Dynamic Offense To Championship Round

When the New York Giants beat San Francisco last year in the NFC Championship Game, it was the 49ers’ inability to make a big play offensively that was a big reason for the loss. The team used the off season to address this problem, and as they find themselves one win away from the Super Bowl, the offense looks nothing like the one that let them down in this very game a year ago.

01/15/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with running back LaMichael James #23 after running the ball for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

49ers Like Odds Of Going Through Atlanta To Make It To Super Bowl

After dismantling the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, the 49ers find themselves back in the NFC Championship Game. With the Falcons holding serve against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco will travel to Atlanta with one win standing in the way of both teams of a trip to the Super Bowl. By playing a Falcons team who ended the season as the number 1 seed, in the Georgia Dome, the 49ers will be the underdogs, but have to like their chances of pulling off the upset and moving on to the Super Bowl.

01/14/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers runs for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick’s Record Setting Performance Leads 49ers In Rout Of Packers

The game was close on the scoreboard for the first half, but in the second half, San Francisco dominated the Packers to set up their return to the NFC Championship Game to face either the Falcons or Seahawkss. It was a complete team effort, but in his first playoff game, Colin Kaepernick again proved that he is up to any challenge and lead the charge in an performance that may be the best ever by a quarterback.

01/13/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers throws the ball in to the stands after he scored a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park on December 30, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

3 Keys to 49ers Beating the Packers

With multiple Pro Bowlers on both sides of the ball, the match-up between the 49ers and Packers will not be lacking talent. Both teams are well coached, disciplined and hungry for a win. The difference in this game will come down to the attention to 3 key areas and some luck.

01/12/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Kick returner Jeremy Ross #10 of the Green Bay Packers returns a kick while taking on the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Packers Are Vulnerable On The Road, 49ers Must Capitalize

By beating the Packers in Week 1, in Green Bay no less, San Francisco should have plenty of confidence that they can beat the NFC North Champs again on Saturday. While the early season victory means nothing now, the fact that the game is in San Francisco does. The Packers have struggled outside of Lambeau this year, and can’t be happy to have to go to San Francisco to try and keep their season alive.

01/11/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws under pressure of Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers during the second half NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Bye Week Has Allowed Justin Smith To Get Ready

Of all the things that resulted from the 49ers’ first round bye, none could be bigger then the week off to rest. Due to the importance of the regular season finale, San Francisco had to play to win, and could not rest their starters, but were able to get some much needed rest while the Wild Card Series were played. The 49ers as a team are as healthy as they can be, and more importantly, the news on Justin Smith is good.

01/10/2013

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