NFC Championship experience -- 49ers vs. Giants

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NFC Championship experience -- 49ers vs. Giants

How much will big-game experience come into play in Sunday's NFC Championship? The Giants have the advantage in that category, largely based on their Super Bowl-winning season of 2007.

It should be noted, that in the pivotal NFC Championship en route to San Francisco's first Super Bowl, the numbers were similarly tilted in the Cowboys' favor. Are Tom Coughlin's Giants anything like Tom Landry's Cowboys? Of course not. What does 1982 have to do with 2012? Not much. We're simply committed to delivering every detail about this game.

Here's the breakdown: Players with Championship Game experience on Active Roster49ers (4)
Brett Swain 2010 NFC Championship for Green Bay
Jonathan Goodwin 2009 NFC Championship for New Orleans
Madieu Williams 2009 NFC Championship for Minnesota
David Akers 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 NFC Championship for Philadelphia

SLIDESHOW: 49ers-Giants trivia

Giants (20)
Eli Manning 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw 2007 NFC Championship for NY GIants
Brandon Jacobs 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
David Diehl 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Chris Snee 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Kareem McKenzie 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Tony Ugoh 2009 AFC Championship for Indianapolis
Dave Tollefson 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Justin Tuck 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Osi Umenyiora 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Rocky Bernard 2005 NFC Championship for Seattle
Jimmy Kennedy 2009 NFC Championship for Minnesota
Chase Blackburn 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Zak DeOssie 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Aaron Ross 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Corey Webster 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Deon Grant 2003 NFC Championship for Carolina
Antrel Rolle 2008 NFC Championship for Arizona
Lawrence Tynes 2007 NFC Championship for NY Giants
Steve Weatherford 2006 NFC for New Orleans, 2009. 2010 AFC for NY Jets

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

On the same day the FBI director announced members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are under investigation for colluding with Russia to influence the election, Trump turned his thoughts to Colin Kaepernick’s status as an NFL free agent.

And Jim Harbaugh, appearing on Pro Football Talk, suggested teams that are not showing interest in Kaepernick are making a mistake.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said Tuesday morning.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

On Monday evening, during a rally in Kentucky, Trump made remarks about Kaepernick. In the lead-up to the November election, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist” and said he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback? I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” Trump said.

“There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported an AFC general manager told him there were three reasons Kaepernick has not signed. Some believe, according to the anonymous source, that Kaepernick can no longer play at a high level. Others “genuinely hate him” for kneeling during the national anthem as part of his protest of racial inequality in America.

And, “some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him,” according to the report. “They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courage and inspiration last season. It is historically the most prestigious award among 49ers players. But the 49ers have already signed veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

General manager John Lynch acknowledged last week on KNBR the odds of the 49ers bringing back Kaepernick are slim.

“I think the likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly. But we’re not going to close our mind or out options on anyone, including him,” Lynch said.

Even though there has been no reported interest in Kaepernick from any team around the league, Lynch said Kaepernick nearly signed with a team earlier during the free-agent signing period.

“I don’t know what happened to that market,” Lynch said. “He was, in everyone’s mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number. And it fell through, apparently.”