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Saints-49ers division-round capsule

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Saints-49ers division-round capsule

NEW ORLEANS (14-3) at SAN FRANCISCO (13-3)Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Fox

OPENING LINE: Saints by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD: New Orleans 13-4; San Francisco 11-4-1

SERIES RECORD: 49ers lead 45-24-2

LAST MEETING: Saints beat 49ers 25-22, Sept. 10, 2010

LAST WEEK: Saints beat Lions 45-28; 49ers had bye

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Saints have won six straight against 49ers since losing 2001 season finale in final game before leaving NFC West. ... Saints set NFL record by converting league-best 56.7 percent of third-down conversions, including 41.3 percent when needing at least 10 yards. Niners second to last, converting 29.4 percent of third downs. ... New Orleans has topped 600 yards past two weeks, including playoff-record 626 against Detroit. New England is only other team to gain 600 yards in game this season. ... Saints 9-0 at home this season, averaging 41.6 points and 507.4 yards per game, compared to 5-3 on road with 27.3 points and 441.6 yards per game. ... New Orleans has lost all four road playoff games in franchise history. ... Saints QB Drew Brees has thrown for 5,942 yards, including his one postseason game, second to Dan Marino's 6,085 in the 1984 regular and postseason. ... San Francisco playing first playoff game since after 2002 season. Only long snapper Brian Jennings remains from that team. ... 49ers had plus-28 turnover margin, leading league in both takeaways with 28 and fewest giveaways with 10. ... San Francisco had best average starting spot for drives on offense and defense this season, starting own drives on average at the 33.5 and opponents at the 24.3. ... 49ers allowed three rushing TDs - all in final two games - the fewest ever in 16-game season. ... San Francisco QB Alex Smith completed just 40 percent of his passes in red zone, the lowest figure among 24 QBs with at least 40 throws inside opponent's 20. ... 49ers had 22 TDs in 54 red-zone trips this season, third lowest rate in NFL. ... San Francisco K David Akers set NFL record with 44 field goals this season, including seven from at least 50 yards.

NAACP seeks meeting with Goodell regarding Kaepernick’s NFL future

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NAACP seeks meeting with Goodell regarding Kaepernick’s NFL future

WASHINGTON -- The NAACP on Wednesday called for a meeting with the NFL to discuss the fate of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback once took his team to the Super Bowl, but he's a free agent now and no club has signed him.

Some Kaepernick opponents say he should not have sat or kneeled during the anthem, while others contend his lack of a job is more about his on-field talent.

Kaepernick's supporters, including some who planned to protest at the NFL's headquarters in New York City on Wednesday, say the quarterback is being blackballed for his advocacy.

The NAACP intended to join that rally, and Derrick Johnson, the organization's interim president and CEO, said in the letter to the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, that it's apparently "no sheer coincidence" that Kaepernick isn't on a roster today.

"No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech - to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL's own regulations," Johnson said.

Hazel Dukes, the NAACP's state president in New York who was expected to be among the rally speakers, said: "Right now, the action of the league seems to imply to young black men that this league, which is comprised of 70 percent African-Americans, only values black lives if they are wearing a football uniform."

49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth

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49ers sign former second-round draft pick for D-line depth

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday they have signed DL Sen'Derrick Marks to a one-year deal. 

Marks (6-2, 305) was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Titans (2009-12), he appeared in 51 games (26 starts) and registered 180 tackles, eight passes defensed, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. Prior to the 2013 season, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent the last four seasons (2013-16). With the Jaguars, he appeared in 52 games (35 starts) and registered 104 tackles, 16 sacks, 13 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. In 2014, he led the team with a career-high 8.5 sacks. Last season, he appeared in all 16 games (one start) and finished with 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. He was released by the team on March 9, 2017.

A 30-year-old native of Mobile, AL, Marks attended Auburn University where he appeared in 40 games (37 starts) and registered 114 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

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