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SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Smith threw 26 passes in the NFC Championship.Nine of them went to wideouts. One was completed. To Michael Crabtree.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In their renaissance season, the 49ers relied on their defense and the best turnover-ratio in the NFL -- plus-28.Against the New York Giants in the NFC title game, the defense was

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Kyle Williams' teammates spent the aftermath of the 49ers' heartbreaking, season-ending loss fixating on the many other things that went wrong on Sunday.Williams had the

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Numbers fight with sentiment all the time, and in a game as rigorously regulated as football, the two wage an uneven war.

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