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Kaepernick's celebratory pose
After scoring a rushing touchdown that put the 49ers up 10 points against the Panthers on Sunday, Colin Kaepernick delivered a Cam Newton-inspired "Superman" pose before going into his usual "Kaepernicking" celebration. After the game, Kaepernick said the celebration was "just a little shout-out." Others saw it as mocking and disrespectful. Did SN have a problem with the move? Do NFL players celebrate too often?
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OK to have two favorite teams?
Former pro wrestler Ric Flair gave a pep talk -- and apparently a good one -- to the San Francisco 49ers before their victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFL's wild-card playoff round. One person who wasn't happy with the show of confidence was Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. It seems Flair was previously friendly with the Panthers players and has long had North Carolina ties. Because of the 49ers speech, Smith said he would no longer welcome Flair to talk to the Panthers. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, meanwhile, doesn't understand the problem with supporting two teams.
NFL Divisional Round Pick 'Em!
And then there were eight. With the Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles all falling at home and the Kansas City Chiefs losing a heartbreaker on the road, the matchups are set for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. And all but one is a rematch, with the San Francisco 49ers (at Carolina Panthers), New Orleans Saints (at Seattle Seahawks) and Denver Broncos (vs. San Diego Chargers) getting a chance to avenge mid- to late-season losses. In the other, a recent playoff rivalry gets rekindled: Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots. Which teams will emerge victorious? What are your conference and Super Bowl picks?
Saints, Niners prevail in NFC
The wild-card round of the 2013-14 NFL playoffs nearly belonged to all the road teams. In the AFC, the Chargers beat the host Bengals, while a furious rally was all that saved the home-standing Colts versus the Chiefs. In the NFC, there were no exceptions. Thanks to last-second field goals in both games, the Saints on Saturday tipped the Eagles, and the 49ers on Sunday braved bitter-cold conditions to take out the Packers. Does either NFC team have another road win in it?