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NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

1. 49ers (1-0) By land or by air, Colin Kaepernick owns Green Bay.

2. Broncos (1-0) Peyton Manning throws seven TDs in opening win.

3. Saints (1-0) Sean Payton marches back victorious in N’Awlins.

4. Seahawks (1-0) Russell Wilson rallies Hawks with big fourth quarter.

5. Packers (0-1) Clay Matthews lays late hit in loss at San Fran.

6. Texans (1-0) Shock Chargers with 21-point comeback victory.

NFC Championship Preview and Prediction: San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons

49ers looking for different results in their return to NFC title game; Falcons aiming to finish the job at home
<p> NFC Championship Preview and Prediction: San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons</p>

The top two teams in the NFC meet on Sunday to determine who will represent the conference in Super Bowl XLVII, as the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons face off in the NFC Championship game at 3 p.m. ET on FOX. The 49ers find themselves in the conference title game for the second year in a row, but this time must get the job done on the road against the Falcons, who have lost just one game in the Georgia Dome this season.

Top 10 Individual Performances in the NFL in 2012

Tom Brady’s domination of Denver in last season’s playoffs tops Athlon’s list
<p> As 2012 comes to a close, Athlon looks at the top individual performances across sports this year. Here is the NFL's top 10 2012 single-game efforts.</p>

As 2012 comes to a close, Athlon will count down the top individual performances in each major sport from the year, culminating with a full list of the top 50 performances of the year.

It is important to remember that for the NFL, 2012 started with the end of the 2011 regular season and the playoffs, in addition to the first 15 weeks of the current season. That’s why Tom Brady’s record-tying performance against Denver in last season’s AFC Divisional Round comes in at No. 1 on this list, even though the game was played back in January.

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.

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