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49ers to face former coach in NFC title game

Updated: January 15, 2013, 6:45 PM ET
Associated Press

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By JOSH DUBOW

AP Sports Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Mike Nolan's 3½-year tenure as coach for the San Francisco 49ers offered few highlights on the field.

An 18-37 record before a mid-season firing in 2008. No playoff berths for a franchise used to winning championships. A parade of offensive coordinators unable to develop Alex Smith at quarterback.

Yet to call Nolan's run in San Francisco a complete failure would clearly miss the ...

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