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

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

SANTA CLARA – Left tackle Joe Staley, who has not missed a game since 2010, did not practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury.

The 49ers’ five-time Pro Bowl performer has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (152) have started more consecutive games.

Staley’s availability for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Levi’s Stadium is in question after he was held out of practice on Thursday after going through the full workload on Wednesday.

If Staley is unable to play, the 49ers would likely move left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle and insert Andrew Tiller at left guard. Tiller started the first five games of the season at right guard before rookie Joshua Garnett took over.

49ERS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
Limited
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

JETS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
Limited
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
Full participation
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Although he didn't call out Colin Kaepernick by name, Admiral Harry B. Harris gave a speech that included a message intended for a certain group of athletes and/or entertainers.

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played."

Many of those in attendance gave the Admiral a standing ovation.

During the preseason, Kaepernick remained seated on the 49ers' team bench during the national anthem.

After sparking a national controversy, Kaepernick began kneeling as opposed to sitting.

After the 49ers' loss to the Bears on Sunday, Kaepernick said he will continue his demonstration moving forward.

"Today we have a precious opportunity to reflect -- to reflect on what it means to be a patriot, to reflect on what it means to be a nation tested by war, and to reflect on both the costs and the blessings of liberty," Admiral Harris added. "To America's World War II patriots here and watching at home -- we will never forget your courage under considerable fire and seemingly insurmountable odds.

"Because of you, our future remains bright. We owe you an immeasurable debt and we can't thank you enough for answering the call of duty when Lady Liberty needed it the most."