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49ers shouldn't be reluctant to trade Smith within division
Should the 49ers ship Alex Smith to the AFC? Matt Maiocco argues San Francisco shouldn't hesitate to deal him within the NFC West .
Here come the big boys
card weekend is over, with nary an upset. Moving on are division winners Green Bay, Houston and Baltimore, along with NFC West runner-up Seattle and the only rookie quarterback still standing: Russell Wilson. Ahead are some daunting challenges as
Billy Cundiff practices alongside David Akers
struggling veteran David Akers as coach Jim Harbaugh closely watched. Cundiff signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the NFC West champion Niners (11-4-1) to compete with Akers as Harbaugh and his staff determine who will handle the kicking duties
49ers sign kicker Cundiff to compete with Akers
organization.'' The team had yet to make a formal announcement Tuesday, but coach Jim Harbaugh said a day earlier that the NFC West champion Niners (11-4-1), off this week as the NFC's No. 2 seed, planned to try out kickers because of Akers' prolonged
Patriots' 2013 opponents are set
playing the NFC South as its interconference opponents (the Patriots are hoping for better results than they had against the NFC West , against which they went 1-3). Also, the AFC East will match up with the AFC North and the Patriots will play two other
Matt & Mindi: Bye allows 49ers to get healthy
Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach talk about the 49ers' win over the Cardinals, their NFC West title and the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers win NFC West , earn No. 2 seed
The 49er won the NFC West for a second consecutive year with a 27-13 win over Arizona, and earned the No. 2 seed in the playoffs following the Packers' 37-34 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Maiocco's Instant Replay: 49ers win NFC West
The 49ers trailed 6-0 in the second quarter but stormed back behind two Michael Crabtree touchdown receptions, and won the NFC West for a second straight year with a 27-13 win over Arizona.
LIVE: Cardinals vs. 49ers
A win gives the 49ers their second consecutive NFC West title . A loss and they could be opening the playoffs at either Dallas or Washington. Follow the NFL action with In-Game Live!
Why not the Bears?
through Chicago. The Bears reached the NFC Championship game by getting by the Seattle Seahawks, the 7-9 champion of the NFC West that had no business in the playoffs, as their win over defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans the round previous certainly