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2013 Midseason NFL Awards

The best and brightest from the first half of the 2013 NFL season.

The 2013 NFL season has already reached halftime — but not the one Bruno Mars will be performing at during Super Bowl XLVIII in New York. It’s way too early to start engraving the hardware, but after the first four games, these are the playmakers who have distinguished themselves as award-worthy:

Most Valuable Player

Colin Kaepernick Carries 49ers to NFC Championship Game

The dual-threat QB's record-breaking effort lifted San Francisco to its second straight title game.
<p> Colin Kaepernick carries San Francisco 49ers to NFC Championship Game with record-breaking effort that included 263 passing yards, 181 rushing yards and four TDs during a 45-31 win over the Green Bay Packers.</p>

NFL Playoffs Picks Against the Spread: Divisional Round

Tom Brady is one win away from surpassing Joe Montana as the all-time winningest playoff QB.
<p> NFL Playoffs Picks Against the Spread: Divisional Round, including the Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos, Houston Texans at New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons.</p>

A betting preview of every game (against the spread) in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

Lock of the Week
These two teams played in prime time six Sundays ago in Week 14 of the regular season, with New England beating Houston, 42–14. Expect another blowout this weekend.

San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots Preview and Prediction

Two of the NFL’s best meet as the 49ers try to end the Patriots’ seven-game winning streak
<p> San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots Preview and Prediction</p>

The San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots face off tonight at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC in what could potentially be a preview of Super Bowl XLVII. The 49ers (9-3-1) are trying to hold Seattle off for the top spot in the NFC West, while the Patriots (10-3) could potentially knock Houston from the top of the standings in the AFC. This also is a matchup of one of the league’s top defenses in San Francisco trying to slow down a New England offense that’s been lighting up the scoreboard most of the season.

49ers Starting QB: Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith?

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is planning on riding the "hot hand." But who is that?
<p> With Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith both playing well, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is planning on riding the "hot hand" at quarterback.</p>

There’s an age-old football saying: “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.” That may be the case most of the time, but San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh seems pretty confident in both eighth-year veteran Alex Smith and second-year young gun Colin Kaepernick.

Alex Smith, Rashard Mendenhall, Jeremy Maclin: Injury Updates Week 11

Who's healthy enough to start for your fantasy football team?
<p> Alex Smith, Rashard Mendenhall, Jeremy Maclin: Injury Updates Week 11</p>

This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals Preview and Prediction

First place in the NFC West is on the line in the desert tonight.
<p> San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals Preview and Prediction</p>

Two divisional foes with excellent defenses will meet on Monday Night Football, when the Arizona Cardinals host the San Francisco 49ers tonight at 8:30pm EST on ESPN. Arizona got off to an excellent start at 4-0, but Ken Whisenhunt’s club has since dropped three in a row and needs a win at home. San Francisco stands at 5-2 and atop the NFC West, having won three of its last four games.

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