Found January 13, 2012 on San Francisco 49ers Examiner:
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — This Saturday at Candlestick Park, we have the experienced, high-powered offense in the New Orleans Saints against the young, up and coming San Francisco 49ers. All signs should indicate that the 49ers are nervous and...

Jackpot: Smith earns $1M bonus for reaching divisional playoff game

San Francisco 49ers fans hope Alex Smith looks like a million bucks in Saturday's divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.Whether he does or not, Smith has earned the seven-figure payday.The veteran QB has received a $1 million bonus from the 49ers for leading the club into the NFC's final four. It was a stipulation in his contract with the club that paid him...

Saints have advantage in playoff experience

Center Jonathan Goodwin has been going around San Francisco's locker room offering bits of veteran insight here and there. Playoff knowledge, Saints knowledge. The NFC West champion 49ers have eight players who have been to the postseason previously. The New Orleans Saints? A whopping 39 before their victory over Detroit last weekend. ''I think some of the guys who...

2012 NFL Playoff Predictions: New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers

The 2012 NFL Playoffs have already been chock-full of surprises and the Divisional Round should feature much more of the same.  It all kicks into swing with Drew Brees and the high-flying New Orleans Saints (14-3)—fresh off scoring their third consecutive forty-five burger at the rejuvenated San Francisco 49ers (13-3) on Saturday at 4:30pm EST on FOX. Currently as explosive as...

No experience necessary: 49ers' playoff rookies

The last time 49ers left tackle Joe Staley played in the postseason, he didn't receive a hefty playoff share. Instead, he got some less-than-remarkable gifts as a participant in the 2006 Motor City Bowl in Detroit. "We got a watch and I have no idea where it's at now," said Staley, who was a...

Why the 49ers Can’t Win on Saturday

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49ers must avoid giving Saints extra possessions

Two of Jim Harbaugh's messages to his heavily neophyte playoff team were revealed this week, and they seem, at least superficially, to conflict with each other. No. 1, as originally described by 49ers receiver Michael...

NFL Divisional Playoff Round Free Picks From The Guru

Last Week 3-0 (+9 Units)Season 42-37-4 (+ 11.5 Units)Last Season 53-47-2 (+21.5 Units)New Orleans (-4) at San FranNew Orleans finished the season 13-3, averaged almost 40 points per game at home, Drew Brees set the record for most yards in a season and they destroyed a good Detroit team last week. Thing is, they have to play the Niners in San Fran. Not the same as the Superdome....

Peter King: Brees not the only player 49ers must contain

Drew Brees knows how to manipulate a defense. Containing him isn't the only thing the fast 49ers defense has to be concerned about, writes Peter King in his divisional-round preview.

The bane of the Saints

Not much is wrong with the New Orleans Saints offense, but there is a weakness on defense that has coordinator Gregg Williams cringing (the Vikings can empathize).
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