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Harbaugh, 49ers at a Crossroads

Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle

2 'Football Guys' Butt Heads Again

Mike Sielski, Philadelphia Inquirer

Foles, Eagles Prevail in a Brawl

Rich Hoffmann, Philadelphia Daily News

Out of College But Still Relying on Profs

Kevin Clark, Wall Street Journal

A 49ers identity crisis? That was a talking point the past week. Where is the run-first, defense-focused team we've come to know? Who is this group with its spread offense? What ha...(full article)

Every once in a while over his final two years as Oregon's head coach, Chip Kelly would travel the 500 miles from Eugene to San Francisco to pick the brain of a friend and forme...(full article)

Historians will tell you that the Body Bag Game between the Eagles and Washington was in November of 1990. It was played on a Monday night at Veterans Stadium, and at least eight W...(full article)

The 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles are already rolling toward another NFC East title. They're doing it with a smart coach in ...(full article)

The Padres don't have a no-hitter in franchise history. You probably knew that, but it's one of those factlets that always surprises someone. The Padres have played 7,313 games ...(full article)

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