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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

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19: Strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after an interception in the fourth quarter as quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers walks by during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Late Mistakes Doom 49ers, Seahawks Claim NFC Crown

The NFC Championship Game came down to the 49ers offense verses the Seahawk defense, and Seattle’s number one ranked defense prevailed. San Francisco got the ball down six with the chance to pull off the upset but couldn’t make one more big play against their opponent.

01/21/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 08: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown against cornerback Carlos Rogers #22 and linebacker Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter on December 8, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 19-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Carlos Rogers And Will Tukuafu Likely To Play, Same Can’t Be Said For Percy Harvin

The 3 big names dealing with injuries heading into the NFC Championship Game could all play. The 49ers figure to have both Carlos Rogers and Will Tukuafu ready to go, while Seattle’s Percy Harvin is a big question mark and will remain so up until kickoff.

01/17/2014

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 11: Seattle Seahawks fans hold up 12th Man signs as the Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seahawks Restriction Of Ticket Sales Only Gives 49er Fans Another Reason To Dislike Seattle

The news of the Seahawks restricting sales to this Sundays games to certain zip code has been met with mixed results. While some might not like it, it’s legal, and more importantly will not give Seattle’s any additional advantage. The only thing this move really does is add to the 49er fan base’s hatred of their division rival.

01/15/2014

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 15: Cornerback Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers defends against a pass to wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December15, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Injuries To Carlos Rogers And Steve Smith Should Not Drastically Effect 49ers Or Panthers

The only two notable names that could miss this Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Panthers are Steve Smith and Carlos Rogers. While it’s unlikely that Smith will sit, it would not be a surprise to see Rogers not dressed. Regardless of what happens, both teams will be fine, and shouldn’t have to make any major adjustments.

01/10/2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Ron Rivera walks onto the field against the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ron Rivera Has It Wrong: Pressure Is On Panthers, Not 49ers

When Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said that he felt the team under the most pressure this week will be San Francisco he was dead wrong. Not only is his team the one that HAS to win this game, if he really believes that the Panthers are playing with house money he is setting his team up for failure.

01/08/2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Panthers Severely Lacking In Playoff Experience As They Prepare For Niners

The Carolina Panthers have not been to the playoffs since 2008. The upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers will mark just the fifth time in franchise history that the Panthers have been to the playoffs, and that means the team is severely lacking in playoff experience.

01/08/2014

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 26-26 after overtime.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Packers Face Injury Questions On Defense

The Green Bay Packers have had trouble stopping the 49ers in their last two meetings. Now they have to try and beat them in the playoffs while facing injury issues on defense.

01/03/2014

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 24: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 24, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 26-26 after overtime.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Clay Matthews Out, Carlos Rogers Question Mark For 49ers And Packers Playoff Showdown

The fact that both teams could be without a key defensive player this Sunday when the 49ers and Packers play is not good. While Green Bay already knows their fate, San Francisco is hoping and waiting that they will not be without Carlos Rogers.

01/03/2014

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates their 21-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Panthers Need To Focus On Their Opponent, Not Themselves

The Carolina Panthers have a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs and they have an extra week to prepare for whatever team may end up facing them in Bank of America Stadium. Cam Newton recently said that they don’t care who their opponent is, but the key to winning is forgetting about egos and focusing on their opponent.

01/02/2014

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