Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams blitzed early and often against the 49ers in the preseason. With Williams reportedly joining the Rams' new staff, the 49ers will see a lot more of him next season.
Eddie DeBartolo will be the 49ers honorary captain during the coin toss before the NFC Championship, president Jed York announced Monday. NFC Championship news: 2.5M bonus for Smith 49ers video
Now that the Baltimore Ravens are one win away from the Super Bowl, Jim Harbaugh views his brother's team through multiple lenses. More: NFC Championship coverage 49ers video
"In terms of having the game here, that is an advantage for us," Harbaugh said Monday. "And I really say that after feeling the game this past Saturday in Candlestick. Our fans turned that stadium into a fortress."
Ted Ginn had a noticeable limp Monday morning and his status for the NFC Championship Game on Sunday remains uncertain.More: NFC Championship coverage 49ers video
Carlos Rogers recorded two interceptions in the November win over the Giants, but he knows that Eli Manning is an elite QB with big-play WRs. More: NFC Championship coverage 49ers video
Thanks to the Giants' upset of the Packers Sunday in Green Bay, San Francisco will play host to the NFC Championship next weekend, with a trip to Super Bowl XLVI on the line for Alex Smith and the 49ers.
Tight end Delanie Walker, who sustained a fractured jaw on Christmas Eve, told CSNBayArea.com that he hopes to receive medical clearance Monday to return for the NFC championship game.
The 49ers have yet to announce their team awards, but when they do, it will come as no surprise when defensive lineman Justin Smith is named the winner of the Bill Walsh Award as the team's MVP.
Alex Smith returned to the 49ers this season on a one-year deal worth 4 million. However, the contract also included incentives that rewarded him an additional 2.5 million.
For Alex Smith and Frank Gore, who arrived with the 49ers in 2005, followed by Vernon Davis, beating the Saints erases some bitter memories. More: Winning drive play-by-play Postgame video
Where did the 49ers' biggest play in a decade come from? The 14-yard strike from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis that beat the Saints is part of history. More: Winning drive play-by-play Postgame video
Alex Smith connected with Vernon Davis with nine seconds left to propel San Francisco to the NFC Championship game with a 36-32 win over the Saints.
Tight end Delanie Walker, who has yet to be cleared to resume playing after sustaining a fractured jaw on Dec. 24, is among the 49ers' seven inactive players for Saturday's game against the New Orleans Saints.