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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) speaks during a press conference after the game at Levi’s Stadium on January 11. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

What to watch for as the San Francisco 49ers take on Green Bay

The presence of the George Halas Trophy in Santa Clara means that the NFC Championship game is here.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) speaks during a press conference after the game at Levi’s Stadium on January 11. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) hangs onto the football for a gain during the 2nd quarter against the Green Bay Packers defense at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 24. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

49ers Emmanuel Sanders will suit up Sunday for his third championship game

As a rookie out of SMU, the 5-foot-11 receiver wasn’t afraid of the biggest moment at that point of his young NFL career.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) hangs onto the football for a gain during the 2nd quarter against the Green Bay Packers defense at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 24. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco’s running back Tevin Coleman during the 49ers win over the Minnesota Vikings Saturday at Levi’s Stadium. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco 49ers dominate Vikings, head to NFC Championship game

With a suffocating effort from their own defense to boot, San Francisco won its first playoff game in six years

San Francisco’s running back Tevin Coleman during the 49ers win over the Minnesota Vikings Saturday at Levi’s Stadium. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Rams in the 3rd quarter at the Coliseum on Oct. 13, 2019. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Rams in the 3rd quarter at the Coliseum on Oct. 13, 2019. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (22) finds a hole before being tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson (99)) in the 2nd quarter at Centurylink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

49ers clinch top seed in NFC with 26-21 win over Seattle

SEATTLE — It came down to six inches as Seahawks tight end…

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (22) finds a hole before being tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson (99)) in the 2nd quarter at Centurylink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (26) finds a hole for 22 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in the 1st quarter at Levi’s Stadium on November 11, 2019 in Santa Clara. California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

One final test looms for the San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers head to Centurylink Field in Seattle with postseason implications at stake

San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (26) finds a hole for 22 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in the 1st quarter at Levi’s Stadium on November 11, 2019 in Santa Clara. California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) attempts to tackle Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) as Ravens’ Mark Andrews blocks 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward (20) in a game in Baltimore on Dec. 1, 2019. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Key players could miss the 49ers NFC West showdown

Pass rusher Dee Ford, who missed four of the last five games with a hamstring injury, is unlikely to play in Seattle

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) attempts to tackle Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) as Ravens’ Mark Andrews blocks 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward (20) in a game in Baltimore on Dec. 1, 2019. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan at Levi’s Stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

Shanahan opens special section of his play book in 49ers win

Typically, Kyle Shanahan would have ran the ball out of frustration.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan at Levi’s Stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons and team celebrate the fourth quarter touchdown over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on December 15. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/TNS)

Have the San Francisco 49ers had a wake-up call?

Here are three things to watch when the 49ers and Rams meet head-to-head.

Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons and team celebrate the fourth quarter touchdown over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on December 15. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/TNS)
Fans hold a sign as the Oakland Raiders leave the stadium following a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at RingCentral Coliseum on Sunday, but things got ugly with some fans. (Daniel Shirey/Getty Images/TNS)

Raiders and their fans have a toxic relationship

Sunday’s game was billed as the final Raider appearance in Oakland before the silver and black band of deplorables relocate to Las Vegas

Fans hold a sign as the Oakland Raiders leave the stadium following a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at RingCentral Coliseum on Sunday, but things got ugly with some fans. (Daniel Shirey/Getty Images/TNS)
“When it’s in your control, it’s a good feeling,” said 49ers tight end George Kittle.

San Francisco 49ers fall flat at home

Coming off of a massive 48-46 win over New Orleans last weekend, the 49ers felt the direct impact of a game that took a physical toll on their team.

“When it’s in your control, it’s a good feeling,” said 49ers tight end George Kittle.
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers still have work to do in Sunday match against Falcons

The San Francisco 49ers made it through the toughest three-game stretch in…

Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Rams in the 3rd quarter at the Coliseum on Oct. 13, 2019. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Is 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo good enough to win a Super Bowl?

Warranted or not, there were plenty of questions surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of the season.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Rams in the 3rd quarter at the Coliseum on Oct. 13, 2019. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
49ers battle with the Saints lives up to its billing

49ers battle with the Saints lives up to its billing

Kittle’s 39-yard catch-and-run had placed San Francisco in prime position for a game-winning field goal as the 49ers trailed 46-45

49ers battle with the Saints lives up to its billing
A 39-yard pass to George Kittle on fourth-and-2 combined with a face-mask penalty by Saints safety Marcus Williams put the 49ers in position for Robbie Gould to win Sunday’s game with a 30-yard field goal as time expired. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

49ers win over Saints could help determine top seed in NFC playoffs

The NFC playoff picture is beginning to take shape after the 49ers…

A 39-yard pass to George Kittle on fourth-and-2 combined with a face-mask penalty by Saints safety Marcus Williams put the 49ers in position for Robbie Gould to win Sunday’s game with a 30-yard field goal as time expired. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
Some good news as 49ers head to New Orleans Sunday

Some good news as 49ers head to New Orleans Sunday

In four of its last five games, the San Francisco 49ers have been forced to find ways to contain three of the league’s most mobile quarterbacks.

Some good news as 49ers head to New Orleans Sunday
Richard Sherman day-to-day as 49ers prepare for Saints

Richard Sherman day-to-day as 49ers prepare for Saints

Veteran cornerback strained knee against Ravens, is confident he’ll play

Richard Sherman day-to-day as 49ers prepare for Saints
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) attempts to tackle Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) as Ravens’ Mark Andrews blocks 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward (20) in a game in Baltimore on Dec. 1, 2019. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Shanahan, 49ers come up short in potential Super Bowl preview

Questions abound after San Francisco drops second game this season on a buzzer-beating field goal

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) attempts to tackle Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) as Ravens’ Mark Andrews blocks 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward (20) in a game in Baltimore on Dec. 1, 2019. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) high-five fans on his way back to the team locker room after defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-8 at Levi’s Stadium last Sunday in Santa Clara. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Why isn’t 49ers-Ravens in a better time slot?

Niners and Ravens are darlings of the NFL, but not enough to flex them to a late afternoon game

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San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) high-five fans on his way back to the team locker room after defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-8 at Levi’s Stadium last Sunday in Santa Clara. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (30) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 17, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Father’s teachings have fueled Jeff Wilson Jr.’s career

Relationship with father has built 49ers running back into key part of San Francisco attack

San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (30) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 17, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)