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So the San Francisco 49ers have good linebackers -- four of the best in the league, in fact. No wonder the team finished third in the league in yards allowed per game and third in points in 2012. Where do these Bay Area aces rank among all of the league's LBs? Click the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL linebackers in 2013

NaVorro Bowman

NaVorro Bowman

49ers
2012: 148 tackles, 2 sacks, FF, INT

Lance Briggs

Lance Briggs

Bears
2012: 103 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Ahmad Brooks

Ahmad Brooks

49ers
2012: 46 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT

Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing

Texans
2012: 30 tackles, FF, INT

Tamba Hali

Tamba Hali

Chiefs
2012: 51 tackles, 9 sacks, FF

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson

Chiefs
2012: 125 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 FF

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Panthers
2012: 164 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT

Sean Lee

Sean Lee

Cowboys
2012: 58 tackles, FF, INT

Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

Packers
2012: 43 tackles, 13 sacks, FF

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots
2012: 147 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 FF, INT

Von Miller

Von Miller

Broncos
2012: 68 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 6 FF, INT

Brian Orakpo

Brian Orakpo

Redskins
2012: 5 tackles, sack, FF

Terrell Suggs

Terrell Suggs

Ravens
2012: 22 tackles, 2 sacks

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers
2012: 66 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 3 FF, INT

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers
2012: 120 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Lamarr Woodley

Lamarr Woodley

Steelers
2012: 38 tackles, 4 sacks, FF, INT

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The Super Bowl XLVII matchup is set with the Ravens and 49ers squaring off in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Ray Lewis will be there for the final game of his storied 17-year career with the Ravens, as will Colin Kaepernick making just his 10th career start at quarterback for the 49ers. Throw in some top-notch wide receivers (Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree), tight ends (Vernon Davis, Dennis Pitta) and running backs (Frank Gore, Ray Rice) and we've got a pretty even matchup, with SportsNation giving the slight edge to the Niners. How do the best players in the Super Bowl stack up? Click the images to cast your votes.

Super Bowl XLVII players

Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

Ravens WR

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

49ers WR

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers TE

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Ravens QB

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

49ers RB

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ravens LB

Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

Ravens TE

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Ravens RB

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers LB

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith

Ravens WR

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers LB

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We may not have the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup in the AFC Championship Game much of SportsNation wanted to see, but both championship games are loaded with talent. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez are hoping to end their careers on top, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is two games away from winning a Super Bowl in his 10th career start, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's 0-for-3 record in the playoffs is history after a thrilling 30-28 victory over the Seahawks. How do the best players remaining in the NFL playoffs stack up? Click the images to vote.

Super Bowl XLVII players

John Abraham

John Abraham

Falcons DE

Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

Ravens WR

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots QB

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

49ers WR

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers TE

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Ravens QB

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

Falcons TE

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

49ers RB

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons WR

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ravens LB

Brandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

Patriots WR

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots LB

Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

Ravens TE

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Ravens RB

Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

Patriots RB

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Falcons QB

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers LB

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith

Ravens WR

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Falcons RB

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Patriots WR

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons WR

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers LB

Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead

Patriots RB

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Madden ratings are often the most contentious topics in sports video games. Should Michael Vick have a 99 in agility? Which wide receiver gets top marks for speed? Is my team's linebacker tougher than your team's? All week long, SportsNation is ranking the players with the top marks at each position. Today, we're taking a look at the best linebackers in Madden 2012. James Harrison, DeMarcus Ware, and Patrick Willis all have 98 ratings, but are they Madden's best? Cast your vote now!

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When a player who signed for $41 million in guaranteed money earlier in the year is sitting out practices and talking about normal "wear and tear" during the first week of August, well, it's not the kind of thing that will help comparisons to Reggie White. But Albert Haynesworth returned to practice earlier this week after sitting out a few rounds of training camp, averting the kind of health-care crisis that would capture D.C.'s attention more than anything on Capitol Hill.

Aside from Clinton Portis, Haynesworth is the player SportsNation feels the Redskins could least afford to lose to serious injury, no small feat of public recognition for a guy who plays on the defensive line. But if Haynesworth is the Redskins' best defensive player, is he the league's best defensive player? He's not a pure pass-rushing force like DeMarcus Ware, or a shut-down corner like Nnamdi Asomugha, but it's tough to put a guy who closes down the middle of the line anywhere other than No. 1.

galyssa427

Haynesworth is a Beast.. I don't know if I've seen one Person make such a diffeence on the defensive side of the ball, since Reggie White.

-- galyssa427
titans_freak23

you guys paid way to much for big al watch out he's going to get injuryed right away.

-- titans_freak23

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