Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/30/12
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers held a pair of celebrations Sunday at Candlestick Park. After beating the Arizona Cardinals 27-13 and capturing their second straight NFC West title, the 49ers celebrated on the field. Then minutes later in their locker room, the 49ers watched on television as Minnesota beat Green Bay 37-34 with a last-second field goal, giving the 49ers a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs and kicking off an even wilder celebration. "That was big," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. "Big ups to the Vikings for doing that. It gives us a chance to get healthy and hopefully get one of our marquee guys back." The 49ers (11-4-1) prevailed Sunday without Pro Bowl defensive tackle Justin Smith, who missed his second straight game with a partial tear of his left triceps tendon and a bone spur in his left elbow. They had more than enough star power on both sides of the ball to beat Arizona (5-11), though. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught eight ...
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