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49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith. (Getty Images)

Baffoe: I See Alonzo Spellman In Aldon Smith

Maybe we should be quicker to help troubled 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith than to criticize him.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2014

Jonathan Martin. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Baffoe: Jonathan Martin Trade Shows Progress, True Toughness For NFL

Jonathan Martin is wanted in an NFL locker room, while it appears Richie Incognito is not.

CBS Chicago–03/12/2014

Marc Trestman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Marc Trestman Effect

Jay Cutler has shown as much improvement in Year 1 as any QB whom Marc Trestman has ever coached.

670 The Score–02/27/2014

Cliff Avril. (Getty Images)

Silverman: Seahawks Show Defense Is NFL Priority Once Again

Seattle has the blueprint for how to slow down the NFL’s high-octane offenses.

02/04/2014

Jay Cutler. (Getty Images)

Way Too Early Odds: Bears 30-1 To Win Super Bowl XLIX

It’s never too early to start dreaming about next season, and there are odds already to prove it.

CBS Chicago–02/03/2014

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: David Tyree #85 of the New York Giants catches a 32-yard pass from Eli Manning #10 as Rodney Harrison #37 of the New England Patriots attempts to knock it out in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14.

Top 5 Moments In Super Bowl History

A great Super Bowl moment for one fan is a crushing blow for another. Check out these top 5.

CBS Chicago–01/23/2014

Richard Sherman. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Baffoe: The Scary Smart Of Richard Sherman

Sherman’s intelligence frightens people. The one thing we’ve traditionally had over athletes is that, despite their talent and money and celebrity, we would always be allowed to feel smarter than them.

670 The Score–01/21/2014

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after he tips the ball leading to an intereption by outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 to clinch the victory for the Seahawks against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Strong Pass Defense, Rushing Lead Seahawks Past 49ers To NFC Championship

Super Bowl XLVIII will feature the Denver Broncos and their top offense in the NFL against the Seattle Seahawks and their top defense in the NFL thanks to Seattle’s 23-17 win over San Francisco.

01/21/2014

The Seattle Seahawks run on to the field during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. ( credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Championship Week Picks

Dan Durkin makes his picks for the AFC and NFC Championship Games.

670 The Score–01/17/2014

The Seattle Seahawks run on to the field during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. ( credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

America’s Leading Sportscasters Predict AFC And NFC Championship Winners

In anticipation of the AFC and NFC Championship games this weekend, we’ve pulled together America’s leading sportscasters to make their predictions and picks for Patriots-Broncos and 49ers-Seahawks.

01/17/2014

Jim Harbaugh. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Shepkowski: Harbaugh, Belichick Join Elite Company

Both Belichick’s Patriots and Harbaugh’s 49ers will be playing on Championship Weekend for the third straight year.

CBS Chicago–01/15/2014

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 11: Linebacker Heath Farwell #55 of the Seattle Seahawks runs out of the tunnel with the 12th Man flag before taking on the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Three Keys To A Seattle Seahawks NFC Title

Seattle and San Francisco have each won their home game against each other. With the rubber match taking place at CenturyLink Field, which game will be played? The blowout 29-3 Seattle win in Week 2 or the 19-17 gritty win by the 49ers in Week 14?

01/15/2014

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 11: Seattle Seahawks fans hold up 12th Man signs as the Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seahawks Restriction Of Ticket Sales Only Gives 49er Fans Another Reason To Dislike Seattle

The news of the Seahawks restricting sales to this Sundays games to certain zip code has been met with mixed results. While some might not like it, it’s legal, and more importantly will not give Seattle’s any additional advantage. The only thing this move really does is add to the 49er fan base’s hatred of their division rival.

01/15/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 08: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown against cornerback Carlos Rogers #22 and linebacker Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter on December 8, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 19-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Seahawks Vs. 49ers: Rubber Match For A Trip To Super Bowl XLVIII

With both San Francisco and Seattle winning their respective NFC Divisional Round games, the NFC will be sending a member of the West to the Super Bowl, but which team will it be?

01/14/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 08: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks gets caught by linebackers Patrick Willis #52 and NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers after a gain of six yards early in the first quarter on December 8, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 19-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

49er Defense Must Stop Run, Create Turnovers To Defeat Seattle

When the 49ers and Seahawks meet for the third time this season the stakes could not be higher. The winner will move on to the Super Bowl, while the loser will have to deal with falling just short of the big stage and to make matters worse at the hands of their hated division rival.

01/14/2014

Russell Wilson. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Seahawks Not Selling NFC Championship Tickets To Californians

The Seahawks are limiting who can buy tickets for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game.

CBS Chicago–01/13/2014

olin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers avoids being tackled by Mario Addison #97 of the Carolina Panthers.(Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Kaepernick Lifts 49ers Over Panthers 23-10

Colin Kaepernick threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-10 on Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game for the third straight season.

01/12/2014

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Keidel: Divisional Round Picks – San Diego Chargers Super Bowl-Bound?

My hands may be white from all the chalk I pick, you know there will be one supreme surprise this week. But where? Since we went 3-1 last week – losing with the wretched Bengals, like everyone else – let’s try our hand at the most heavenly weekend of a most horrible winter.

01/10/2014

Tom Brady. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL Divisional Round Picks

If last week’s Wild Card round – where three of the four games were decided by three points or less – was any indication of how the playoffs will be, this weekend’s games should be a treat.

670 The Score–01/10/2014

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after making a catch for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Extra Week Of Rest Allows Panthers To Be Very Healthy For 49ers

The Carolina Panthers were thrilled to get the first-round bye in the NFL playoffs because it meant one less game between them and the Super Bowl. They were also very grateful for it because it allowed a number of players to fully heal up.

01/10/2014

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