| Jan 30, 2013
| 5:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Barely two months ago, Alex Smith stood alone under center as the NFL's hottest starting quarterback for one of its best teams.
One concussion later, he is lost in the crowd.
At the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl media day this...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 5:17 PM
NEW ORLEANS — John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, stepped onto the convention center stage wearing a suit, a tie and a smile.
Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, followed him wearing khakis, sweatshirt and a stare.
| Feb 2, 2013
| 4:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Just when this week's Super Bowl celebration reaches its bourbon-fueled, Cajun-spiced peak, the football player with the most to celebrate will be leaving.
On the 25th anniversary of the game in which he became the first and only...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 7:15 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- Seeing as the NFL is a copycat league, teams naturally want to emulate the blueprint of the franchise that wins it all.
So mark this down: Losing at the end of the regular season can be a good thing.
That's what the champion Baltimore...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 11:18 AM
In just two days, the slate will be set for Super Bowl XLVII, with either the Atlanta Falcons or San Francisco 49ers representing the NFC and the New England Patriots or Baltimore Ravens playing for the AFC.
But why wait till then? Join host Mark...
| Jan 19, 2013
| 6:59 PM
ATLANTA — Twenty years ago, Jerry Glanville, then the goofball coach of the Atlanta Falcons, concocted a way to get under the skin of the San Francisco 49ers.
Seeing as his team the year before had swept the 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, along...
| Jan 11, 2013
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...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 8:40 PM
LANDOVER, Md. -- Each of the four teams that emerged victorious from wild-card weekend — Houston, Green Bay, Baltimore and Seattle — ranked among the top 10 in scoring during the regular season.
But in their first tests of the postseason, it...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 7:00 PM
Three years ago, the 14-0 Indianapolis Colts pulled Peyton Manning in the middle of their 15th game, and, instead of trying for a perfect season, coasted into the postseason with back-to-back losses.
It was a prime example of the mail-it-in attitude...
| Dec 1, 2012
| 3:54 PM
The NFL is a business.
Easy to say. Hard to swallow.
Nowhere was that more evident this week than in San Francisco, where Alex Smith officially lost his starting quarterback job to Colin Kaepernick, who had filled in for him after Smith suffered a...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 4:15 PM
An initial response to Ed Reed's one-game suspension this week was a shrug. It didn't really matter, anyway. His Baltimore Ravens are playing the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
It got sillier as other reactions poured in.
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike...