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January 13, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers' second-year dual-threat quarterback, had one of the most memorable NFL playoff performances in recent history during a 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. The 6-foot-6 scrambler from Nevada set a playoff record for quarterbacks with 181 yards rushing -- and that included two late knee-down plays for one-yard losses. He scored on runs of 20 and 56 yards, the latter another postseason record for a quarterback, eclipsing a 51-yard run by Tennessee's Steve McNair in 2000.
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January 13, 2013 | Sam Farmer
SAN FRANCISCO - So much for momentum. Green Bay had it, having throttled Minnesota in the first round of the NFL playoffs. But the Packers were turned back by a San Francisco team that was two weeks removed from its worst loss of the season. The Denver Broncos had momentum too, riding an 11-game winning streak into the postseason. They lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens, who had lost four of their last five regular-season games. Also rolling were the Seattle Seahawks, who had won six in a row, counting their playoff victory at Washington.
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January 11, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
When Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers returns to the Bay Area to face San Francisco on Saturday night, it will be a homecoming for him - with a twist. His beloved 49ers passed on him with the first pick in the 2005 draft, selecting Alex Smith instead. Rodgers, who was a candidate for that prime draft slot, tumbled to 24th, where the Packers selected him. Rodgers certainly isn't grousing about that now, having won a Super Bowl and a most-valuable-player award with Green Bay, yet he certainly has to love the opportunity he has this weekend.
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January 11, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Gambling isn't allowed in the NFL, but San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh made a wager this season that would leave even the highest of high rollers weak in the knees. He replaced hot-handed quarterback Alex Smith with Colin Kaepernick, a promising but largely untested second-year player. That turned out to be a major roll of the dice — maybe the biggest in the league this season — and whether it was a wise move is still up for debate. The determining factor will be how well Kaepernick plays in the postseason, which for the 49ers begins Saturday night against Green Bay at Candlestick Park.
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January 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Lee Valsvik, a reporter for the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis, was busy hyping Saturday's game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers when her cameraman got a little carried away. Valsvik was wearing a Vikings jersey while hyping the game, but little did she know that her cameraman was running full speed behind her, and then knocked her over while running past her. You really have to see it to believe it. Luckily, you can see it above. So, what was the guy thinking?
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December 31, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - It wasn't the mysterious fan with a briefcase of cash who picked this town clean during NFL gambling season. Rather, it's been bettors wearing a new orange Peyton Manning jersey, or Packers fans with their cheesehead hats, or Patriots fans - who loyally bet on their favored teams each week. The problem for Las Vegas sports books is that many popular NFL teams beat the point spread during the regular season. And with many bettors combining their picks in parlays, $20 wagers turned into payouts of up to more than $1,000, depending on how many winning bets they combined.
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December 21, 2012 | Wire reports
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Or, as Coach Mike Shanahan put it: "There is a very, very good chance he is going to play. " Griffin went through a full practice Friday for the third straight day after missing last week's win over the Cleveland Browns with a sprained right knee. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins filled in, making his first career start in a 38-21 victory. Michael Vick says he's 'not a backup' Michael Vick, who told Philadelphia Magazine's Birds 24/7 he wants to be a starter wherever he ends up next season, remains the Philadelphia Eagles' No. 3 quarterback and is likely to be inactive for Sunday's game, "I'm not a backup.
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December 8, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Story line: Detroit has lost 20 consecutive games at Lambeau Field, and given where the team's at mentally - following a fourth-quarter collapse against the Indianapolis Colts last week - there's not cause for an upset. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 7-1 against the Lions, and the loss came when he was sidelined a concussion in 2010. The outcome probably will be decided by Rodgers, considering the Packers' ineffective run game and their offensive line missing two starters.
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November 28, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The newest Times NFL power rankings are out, and while the top two remain the same, two big-name teams had big fluctuations. The Indianapolis Colts rose five spots to No. 10 on the heels of their 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers sank five spots to No. 9 after they were routed by the New York Giants, 38-10. Lance Pugmire, who compiles are rankings, had this to say about the Colts: "Amid news that leukemia-sidelined Coach Cuck Pagano is in remission, T.Y. Hilton steps up with TD catch and punt return vs. Bills.
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November 19, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Mason Crosby's team is headed in the right direction after a shaky start. Unfortunately for the Green Bay Packers kicker, the opposite is true for him. After a 2-3 start to the season, the Packers have won five straight and could move into a tie for first place in the NFC North with a Monday night loss by the Chicago Bears. Crosby was five for five in field-goal attempts to start the season but has made just six of 13 since then, including a 1-for-3 performance in the Packers' 24-20 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
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