Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/15/13

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers passes the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan was fired by the San Francisco 49ers, the franchise that he and his father coached. He was part of establishing the foundation for the team that the Falcons will face in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on Sunday. Nolan posted a 18-37 record for the 49ers from 2005 to 2008 and served in the role of general manager. "Mike Nolan was an integral part of the building of that San Francisco team," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "Mike is very familiar with them and I think that will give us some more insight in terms of what these guys are all about." In 2005, the 49ers drafted backup Alex Smith and running back Frank Gore. The next season, they picked up tight ends Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker. In 2007, the drafted linebacker Patrick Willis, tackle Joe Staley and safety Dashon Goldson. Smith, after guiding the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game last season, was benched midway through this season in favor of Colin Kaepernic...
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