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January 4, 1999 | HOUSTON MITCHELL
SATURDAY San Francisco (13-4) at Atlanta (14-2) Time: 9:30 a.m. TV: Channel 11 * How they got here: San Francisco earned a wild-card berth and defeated Green Bay, 30-27; Atlanta won the NFC West. * 1998 meetings: The teams split two games, with the 49ers winning the first, 31-20, and the Falcons winning the second, 31-19. The Falcons ended a five-game losing streak against the 49ers with the victory and moved into first place in the NFC West.
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September 8, 2002 | MIKE PENNER
New season, new team, new divisions, new rivalries. What the world needs now is an NFL Realignment Primer ... AFC EAST New lineup: Buffalo, Miami, New England, New York Jets. Who moved? Indianapolis got shipped to the AFC South. Eighteen years after pulling out of Baltimore, the Colts get their comeuppance. Geographically correct? Almost. City of Baltimore emerged from NFL realignment still east of Buffalo. Realignment winner: Buffalo.
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January 22, 2000
Will somebody trade T.J. Simers to the San Francisco Chronicle? He continues to discredit the 1999 Rams, even after they pulverized his beloved Vikings. T.J. needs to stop living in denial, and come to terms with the fact that the Rams have an excellent team. The Rams played roughly the same schedule they have played for the last five years, and the same schedule that the other NFC West teams played. Last I checked, the Falcons, Saints and 49ers didn't pile up wins from their weak NFC West schedules.
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January 9, 1999 | JERRY CROWE
San Francisco (13-4) at Atlanta (14-2) 9:30 a.m., Channel 11 * HEAD TO HEAD: The NFC West rivals split their two meetings, with the 49ers winning, 31-20, on Sept. 27 at San Francisco as Steve Young passed for 387 yards and three touchdowns and Jerry Rice caught eight passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. In the rematch Nov. 15 at Atlanta, the Falcons limited the 49ers to 76 yards rushing and won, 31-19, after taking a 24-6 lead.
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June 14, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was handed a four-game suspension last month for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He was the sixth Seahawks player to test positive since 2011, with only cornerback Richard Sherman having his suspension overturned. San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about that rash of suspensions this week, and didn't miss an opportunity to jab his NFC West rival, beginning another chapter in the barely-civil relationship he has with Seattle Coach Pete Carroll.
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July 24, 2010 | Sam Farmer
Times NFL writer Sam Farmer poses the big questions as each team readies for training camp: NFC WEST The biggest question lingering over every NFC West team concerns the most important position — quarterback. Whether it's Matt Leinart in Arizona, Alex Smith in San Francisco, Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle or Sam Bradford in St. Louis, uncertainty abounds. Hasselbeck is the most experienced of the bunch and got the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in the 2005 season, but his health is an issue; he was sidelined for 11 games the last two seasons.
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March 7, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Potential suitors for free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning in order of likeliest destinations: Miami: The Dolphins need to sell tickets and owner Stephen Ross is star-struck. The team has the money, and a star receiver in Brandon Marshall. That's a tough division, though, with three cold-weather teams. Seattle: The Seahawks need a quarterback, and blew it last year by passing on Andy Dalton. Their owner has the deepest pockets in the league, and Pete Carroll would let Manning mold that up-and-coming roster to his liking.
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October 17, 2005 | MIKE PENNER
Who was saying there's no depth at quarterback in the NFL? Sunday, teams quarterbacked by Kelly Holcomb, Kyle Orton, Chris Simms, Joey Harrington and Jake Plummer found themselves in first place or tied for first place, with teams quarterbacked by Chris Weinke and Anthony Wright emerging from Week 6 assignments victorious.
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December 18, 2006 | MIKE PENNER
The NFL quote of the day, if not the entire season, was uttered by Minnesota Vikings Coach Brad Childress -- of course, after a home defeat. His team had just lost, 26-13, to the New York Jets, who had lost the previous week at home to Buffalo, 31-13. His team had just lost for the sixth time in eight games. His team is 6-8 for the season. Childress' assessment of this fairly dire situation? "Mathematically," he said, "we're still in it." Isn't everybody?
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