(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer Mike Nolan knows a thing or two about the San Francisco 49ers.
His father coached the team.
He did, too.
Now, he'll try to keep the 49ers out of the Super Bowl.
These days, Nolan runs the defense for the Atlanta Falcons, who will host San Francisco in the NFC championship game Sunday. He still has fond memories of his first head coaching job, even though he wound up getting fired by the 49ers in the middle of his fourth season.
''A lot of good things happened there,'' Nolan said, pausing briefly before adding, ''Obviously, getting fired is not a good thing.''
Despite the ugly ending, he insists that beating a team he knows so well won't provide any extra satisfaction.
Nolan, like everyone in the Falcons' organization, has his eyes on the Super Bowl. The 49ers just happen to be the ones standing in the way.
''It doesn't change the competitive nature of the game and what we're doing,'' Nolan said Tuesday. ''I do...