In 2017, the San Francisco 49ers didn't win until Nov. 12. It was Kyle Shanahan's first season as head coach, and when the 49ers finally broke through with a victory against the New York Giants, they enjoyed it. They didn't give Shanahan a full Gatorade bath, but he got a couple of cups dumped on him.

The old adage that "defense wins championships" rings true for New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley — and deeply informed his pick for the winner of this year's Super Bowl. Talking to AOL Sports on behalf of Spotify, the second-year NFL star reluctantly made a prediction for Super Bowl LIV, which takes place this Sunday in Miami. "Obviously, I hope no one wins," he said of the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Stats Perform) - Jimmy Garoppolo is set to join a distinguished list of former FCS-level quarterbacks who have stepped onto football's biggest stage. His start for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday will mark the eighth time it has happened with a signal caller who played collegiately in Division I's subdivision. "It's been a crazy whirlwind of a ride," Garoppolo said.

The San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks by a matter of inches on Sunday night, and their 26-21 win ended the NFL's regular season and gave the 49ers the NFC West title, the conference's top seed, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. NFC North champions the Green Bay Packers have also clinched a berth in the conference semifinals, as have the AFC top seed Baltimore Ravens and AFC West champs the Kansas City Chiefs. The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East title against the New York Giants on Sunday, securing a spot in the playoffs along with NFC South champs the New Orleans Saints.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will get his first chance next season to go up against his former team. And Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots will see the player they shipped away to the 49ers in the middle of the 2017 season for a second-round draft pick. The 49ers' opponents for next season have been finalized with the team's 26-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks to clinch the NFC West title.

San Francisco 49ers starting center Weston Richburg will miss the rest of the season and postseason after sustaining a torn right patellar tendon on Sunday in the team's 48-46 road win over the New Orleans Saints, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday afternoon. "It's tough," Shanahan said while also mentioning hamstring injuries to cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Dee Ford. Richburg, in his second season with the 49ers after agreeing to five-year deal March 2018, began his NFL career in 2014 after the New York Giants made him a second-round pick out of Colorado State.

The Cleveland Browns will be without safety Damarious Randall for their rematch with Pittsburgh. He did not travel with the Browns for the pivotal AFC North showdown. The Browns called it a coaching decision and said Randall's absence is not injury related.

The 49ers just moved to No. in the AP Pro32 poll, with the Seahawks not all that far behind at No. The Niners will counter with Jimmy Garoppolo and a very stingy defense.

The 49ers just moved to No. in the AP Pro32 poll, with the Seahawks not all that far behind at No. The Niners will counter with Jimmy Garoppolo and a very stingy defense.

Tevin Coleman scored on a 48-yard run to become the first San Francisco 49ers player since Jerry Rice 24 years ago to score three TDs in the first half. Coleman's long run late in the second quarter followed a 19-yard run in the first quarter and a 10-yard catch early in the second quarter to help San Francisco break out to a 27-3 halftime lead against Carolina. Coleman is the first 49ers player with three TDs in the first half since the Hall of Famer Rice did it against Minnesota on Dec. 18, 1995.

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