Patrick Willis

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 08: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks gets caught by linebackers Patrick Willis #52 and NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers after a gain of six yards early in the first quarter on December 8, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 19-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

49er Defense Must Stop Run, Create Turnovers To Defeat Seattle

When the 49ers and Seahawks meet for the third time this season the stakes could not be higher. The winner will move on to the Super Bowl, while the loser will have to deal with falling just short of the big stage and to make matters worse at the hands of their hated division rival.

01/14/2014

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots catches a pass over Bernard Pollard #31 and Corey Graham #24 of the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Ravens, 49ers Bring Big-Hitting ‘D’ To Super Bowl

Seven of the 46 previous Super Bowls ended with MVP awards going to defensive players. That includes 2001, when Baltimore’s Lewis was honored; it hasn’t happened since 2003, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dexter Jackson.

01/28/2013

Miami Dolphins v San Francisco 49ers

49ers Boast Elite Linebacking Corp

Arguably the NFL’s most-feared linebacking tandem, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman helped lead the San Francisco 49ers back to the Super Bowl on Sunday against Baltimore for the first time in 18 years.

01/28/2013

Clay Matthews (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NFC All-Pro Selections – Defense

Defense wins championships. But these days it’s a certain kind of defense. Check out our NFC all-pro defense to see who excels.

01/13/2013