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1 hr ago | Inside Bay Area
Nearly a year after a debilitating injury, Justin Smith's left arm again is pushing offensive linemen back at top speed, creating the presence the 49ers will need Sunday to knock off the first-place Seattle Seahawks.
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5 hrs ago | Paradise Post
Seattle win clinches NFC West and first-round playoff bye. ... After four-game skid in series, Seahawks have won two in row vs. San Francisco, both at home, outscoring 49ers 71-16.
10 hrs ago | BleacherReport
Tyrann Mathieu punches the ball away from St. Louis tight end Jared Cook in Week 1. Michael Thomas/Getty Images The Arizona Cardinals need to be ready for a very stiff test from the St. Louis Rams and their defensive line in particular when these two teams go head-to-head at University of Phoenix Stadium.
A little-known offensive lineman with less than one full game of NFL experience could find himself starting for San Francisco in its biggest game of the year yet.
K.J. Wright hounded Saints tight end Jimmy Graham all game, limiting him to three receptions on nine targets.
For a change, Tim Barnes has the upper hand when it comes to trash-talking with fellow St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Barrett Jones.
The Seattle Seahawks hold the best record in the NFL, but the Broncos and Chiefs have been the leagues' most dominant so far.
Why is this analogy applicable to this NFC West showdown? First and foremost, like any great heavyweight boxer, both teams like to bully their opponent into physical submission during a game.
LaMichael James said his shaky performance returning punts Sunday had nothing to do with the Candlestick Park wind or the St. Louis Rams.
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, who has appeared in just one game this season, is on track to return to the field "pretty quick," head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday.
Seahawks fans rocked the stadium so hard during Monday night's matchup with New Orleans that seismic instruments registered small tremors at various points in the game.
Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; General view of the CenturyLink Field exterior and the downtown Seattle skyline before the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks.
Teams had until just before midnight to offer players contracts for next season or allow them to become free agents.
"Like my dad was asking, 'Why didn't you run the ball better at the end of the game?' " coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday.
"It's pretty catchy," Harbaugh said Monday about Parcell's bromide, but deferred comment when asked if the 49ers deserve their 8-4 record, saying: "I don't think it's that relevant.
The NFL will keep the AFC North matchup between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh as the prime-time game on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Bengals lead the division and will visit the Steelers , whom they beat in Week 2 at Cincinnati.