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GLENDALE, AZ - JULY 29: Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass during the team training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on July 29, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Carson Palmer Provides The Cardinals With A Major Upgrade

Anybody who watched the Cardinals last year saw that they needed help at the quarterback position. Considering their options, Arizona has to be happy with their off-season addition of Carson Palmer.

08/18/2013

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers passes the ball during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Analysis: Once Futile NFC West Now The League’s Toughest Division

It was only a few years ago that the NFC West was the laughingstock of the league, with Seattle snatching a division title in 2010 despite a 7-9 record. The situation was so unsightly that suggestions of altering the playoff seeding system became an off-season talking point.

08/01/2013

The San Francisco 49ers walk onto the field ahead of Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Could History, Division Keep 49ers From Super Bowl Return?

If you’re penciling in the 49ers for Super Bowl XLVIII, hold that thought. History and a tough NFC West might hold San Francisco back.

02/09/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 7: Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a pass and picks up a first down against the Buffalo Bills on October 7, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 45-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Vernon Davis’ Lack of Production Means Offensive Balance

The perception around 49er Nation is that the team needs to get Vernon Davis back into the offensive flow if they want to have a chance at the Super Bowl. The is not completely accurate though. In fact his decrease statistically is actually a good thing as it points to a more balanced attack for a team that was one dimensional a year ago.

01/06/2013

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

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14: Kicker David Akers #2 bumps fists with guard Alex Boone #75 of the San Francisco 49ers after a field goal against the New York Giants on October 14, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The Giants won 26-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers Turn Attention To Kicking Game Woes

David Akers wrapped up a regular season that he would like to forget. Unfortunately, with the playoffs around the corner and a team that needs contributions from all phases, the team can’t forget. The result is that with time to prepare for their eventual playoff game, San Francisco is working out kickers to make sure that specials teams is not again the downfall of this team in the postseason.

01/02/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers shakes hands with head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals after the 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park on December 30, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Jim Harbaugh: The Reason The 49ers Are Back In The Playoffs

In a 16 game, 17 week season, a football team goes through a lot up ups and downs. San Francisco’s regular season was no exception, luckily with more good then bad, and completed a remarkable journey finding themselves right where they were a year ago. The reason for the teams trip back to the playoffs is the man on the sideline, Jim Harbaugh.

01/01/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Michael Floyd #15 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a touchdown pass while covered by Chris Culliver #29 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 30, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers Get Back On Track In Season Finale, Clinch Division And First Round Bye

After a disappointing game last week, San Francisco bounced back against Arizona, and just in time for the playoffs. After a slow start, both sides of the ball woke up in the second half and the team cruised to a relatively easy victory. The 49ers can feel very good as it enters the playoffs with a lot in their favor, as the final week went exactly as they could have hoped.

12/31/2012

Frank Gore Touchdown Run

Gore Sets Franchise Record As 49ers Beat Cardinals, Win NFC West

Michael Crabtree caught touchdown passes of 49 and 7 yards and finished with a career-high 172 yards, leading the 49ers to a 27-13 victory against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

12/30/2012

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