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Dave Martin/AP file photoEric Wright (30) said he "no longer had the same passion" for the game when announcing his retirement.

Panthers coach Rivera says Kaepernick tougher to defend this time

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expecting a few more big plays…

Dave Martin/AP file photoEric Wright (30) said he "no longer had the same passion" for the game when announcing his retirement.
Elaine Thompson/APSeahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s postgame antics drew plenty of criticism

Teams seek to talk to 49ers assistants about coaching openings

The 49ers’ run of three straight trips to the playoffs hasn’t gone…

Elaine Thompson/APSeahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s postgame antics drew plenty of criticism
AP Photo/Tony AvelarIn this Aug. 17

Dawson delivers with everything riding on crucial kick for 49ers

A couple feet to the right and it could have been a…

AP Photo/Tony AvelarIn this Aug. 17
John Froschauer/AP PhotoSan Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks

Fans, players ride out the Green Bay freeze

Jeff Giardinelli embraced the cold outside Lambeau Field dressed in a No.…

John Froschauer/AP PhotoSan Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images file photoFrank Gore was successful against the Panthers during their meeting earlier this season.

49ers could look to lean on run game

With frigid temperatures expected at Lambeau Field today for the 49ers’ NFC…

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images file photoFrank Gore was successful against the Panthers during their meeting earlier this season.
Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesQuarterback Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers walks off the field after losing to the Seattle Seahawks 23-17.

Tradition-rich 49ers, Packers set for another playoff showdown

Recent history would seem to favor the 49ers heading into their NFC…

Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesQuarterback Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers walks off the field after losing to the Seattle Seahawks 23-17.
Matt Ludtke/2013 ap file photoLambeau Field in Green Bay has hosted plenty of frigid games over the years. Sunday’s wild-card bout between the Packers and 49ers could go down as one of the coldest on record.

Big chill could freeze 49ers, Packers in wild-card game

Cold hands and a hard football make for tough catches on chilly…

Matt Ludtke/2013 ap file photoLambeau Field in Green Bay has hosted plenty of frigid games over the years. Sunday’s wild-card bout between the Packers and 49ers could go down as one of the coldest on record.
Al Messerschmidt/2013 getty images file photo

Kaepernick has been at his best against Packers

Colin Kaepernick has no idea why two of his best games as…

Al Messerschmidt/2013 getty images file photo
Ben Margot/ap file photoKhalil Mack (52)

49ers linebacker Bowman having career season

In recent weeks, NaVorro Bowman has received a pair of high compliments…

Ben Margot/ap file photoKhalil Mack (52)
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

New year means another chance for sports fans to abandon resolutions

It’s Jan. 2, which means it’s highly likely that 20 to 25…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Dave Martin/AP file photoEric Wright (30) said he "no longer had the same passion" for the game when announcing his retirement.

Packers-49ers playoff game at Lambeau still not sold out

It seems unthinkable that Lambeau Field wouldn’t sell out for a Green…

Dave Martin/AP file photoEric Wright (30) said he "no longer had the same passion" for the game when announcing his retirement.
Ben Margot/ap file photoKhalil Mack (52)

49ers must hit the road for playoffs this season

That familiar “Quest for Six” slogan has re-emerged.<p> The 49ers have acknowledged…

Ben Margot/ap file photoKhalil Mack (52)
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

49ers’ inconsistency could come back to haunt them

As the 49ers head to Green Bay for their NFC wild-card game,…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Ben Margot/APThe Niners’ Vernon Davis (85) had a huge game against the Cardinals earlier this year

49ers, Cardinals have plenty at stake in regular-season finale

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The 49ers and Arizona Cardinals talk about how much…

Ben Margot/APThe Niners’ Vernon Davis (85) had a huge game against the Cardinals earlier this year
Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe Harbaugh Bowl between brothers John

Year in review: Top 10 Bay Area sports stories on 2013

1. 49ers' rally in Super Bowl falls just short Coach Jim Harbaugh's…

Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe Harbaugh Bowl between brothers John
Tony Avelar/APRunning back Frank Gore was one of eight 49ers selected to the Pro Bowl on Friday.

49ers land eight players in Pro Bowl

HONOLULU -- The 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will have plenty of…

Tony Avelar/APRunning back Frank Gore was one of eight 49ers selected to the Pro Bowl on Friday.
Rick Scuteri/APAfter he was unable to turn the Raiders around

Carson Palmer closing in on 4,000 yds, eyes 11-win season for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For all his ups and downs, Arizona's Carson Palmer…

Rick Scuteri/APAfter he was unable to turn the Raiders around
Scott Kane/ap file photoMichael Crabtree says his past injuries are not affecting his recent performance.

Crabtree returning to form for 49ers

SANTA CLARA -- Considering the career season he produced a year ago,…

Scott Kane/ap file photoMichael Crabtree says his past injuries are not affecting his recent performance.
Tom Gannam/AP file photoMembers of the Raiders

Nnamdi Asomugha to retire as a Raider

ALAMEDA -- Former All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will retire after 11 years…

Tom Gannam/AP file photoMembers of the Raiders
AP Photo/Tony AvelarFireworks explode over Candlestick Park after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-24 during an NFL football game in San Francisco

Great memories, but time to blow Stick up

Apparently the impending closure and demolition of Candlestick Park allows for mass…

AP Photo/Tony AvelarFireworks explode over Candlestick Park after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-24 during an NFL football game in San Francisco