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NFC All-Pro Selections – Defense

Defense wins championships. But these days it’s a certain kind of defense. Check out our NFC all-pro defense to see who excels.

01/13/2013

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

The 49ers, who recorded the lowest yards (308.1) and points allowed average (14.3) in the NFC, have four Pro Bowlers on the roster: Defensive end Justin Smith, linebacker Patrick Willis, cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Dashon Goldson. Linebacker Aldon Smith may win Defensive Rookie of the Year accolades.

49ers DE Justin Smith Expected To Play Vs. Packers

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said on Wednesday that Justin Smith has improved significantly from a left triceps injury suffered in Week 15 at New England. Harbaugh expects Smith to play on Saturday night when the 49ers face the Packers.

01/09/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws the ball in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Stage Is Set: 49ers Will Take On Packers For Trip Back To NFC Championship Game

When it was announced that Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder would be unable to play in the wild card match-up between Green Bay and Minnesota, the Packers booked their flight to San Francisco. Green Bay dominated their undermanned opponent, setting up what stacks up to be one of the best game of the playoffs, and a battle that could very well determine the NFC representative in the Super Bowl.

01/07/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: The San Francisco 49ers take the field against the New York Giants during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Nothing But Good News From Practice As 49ers Wait On Next Opponent

As the 49ers sit back and wait for the rest of the NFC to duke it out in the first round of the playoffs, they can continue to focus on getting healthy and figured out what to do with David Akers. Although there is still a lot to be determined, both of these issues are being addressed, and the team will have a little over a week to determine what direction they want to go in the kicking department, and the status of Justin Smith.

01/04/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18: Defensive tackle Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers lines up opposite the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter on October 18, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 13-6. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

49ers Welcome Extra Week To Heal Up, Hope Justin Smith Will Be Ready

Other then being able to play at home, by securing the No. 2 seed in the NFC, San Francisco gave themselves an extra week to rest up before their first playoff game. The time off is just as important as home field advantage as the 49ers are nursing several injuries and will hope that the extra week will be enough to get back Justin Smith in time. Even if Smith is able to tough it out, the team needs to make sure that the best thing for both Smith and the team is for him to play.

01/03/2013

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Daily Madden: Can Justin Smith Return For Playoffs?

49er star defensive lineman Justin Smith says he hopes to return for the playoffs in two weeks, despite a partially torn triceps muscle and a bone spur in his elbow. “I think that’s kind of […]

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/31/2012

Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers hovers over Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints after Brees was sacked in the third quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: 49er Defense Must Step Up In Smith’s Absence

The 49ers announced the injury to star defensive tackle Justin Smith is a partial triceps tear, casting serious doubt on his return for the playoffs.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/28/2012

Chicago Bears v San Francisco 49ers

Daily Madden: Justin Smith Provides Push 49ers Need

There’s still no word on whether injured 49er defensive lineman Justin Smith will play Sunday against the Cardinals, or even be ready for the playoffs.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/27/2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Aldon Smith #99 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after making a tackle against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Nine 49ers Players Named To Pro Bowl, No Raiders Selected

San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense.

12/26/2012

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