NFL cheerleaders are in midseason form and keeping the fans cheering for the home teams.
ST. LOUIS — Missing some of their biggest stars, the San Francisco 49ers put their foot down. They put the St. Louis Rams back in their place, too.
They'll be enemies on Sunday, but from left, both John and Jim Harbaugh praised their parents for their coaching success.
NEW ORLEANS - Working separately, John and Jim Harbaugh each guided their team to the Super Bowl. They will be on opposite sidelines Sunday, John as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens and Jim with the San Francisco 49ers.
NEW ORLEANS - Smiling, even laughing, at questions about a report linking him to a company that purports to make performance-enhancers, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday he "never, ever took" the stuff.
NEW ORLEANS - Kurt Warner still winces at the memory of the helmet-to-helmet shot that Anquan Boldin absorbed in a 2008 game against the New York Jets.
NEW ORLEANS - Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco apologized for his word selection in criticizing the NFL's decision to hold next year's Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium at a cold-weather site.
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was on the winning stage 12 years ago. Next week will be his last game, he says, and he hopes to finish his career back on that winning stage.
NEW ORLEANS - Like a savory Cajun gumbo, the Super Bowl has something for everyone's tastes.
Ex-Oregon star LaMichael James scores his first NFL TD on a 15-yard run in last week's 28-24 NFC title win over Atlanta.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In a matter of weeks, LaMichael James transformed himself from a rookie spectator forced to watch the San Francisco 49ers' first three months of the season to a key contributor on a Super Bowl team.
San Francisco's Michael Crabtree caught two touchdown passes Sunday, giving him four for the season against Arizona. He beat cornerback and Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson for both scores.
SAN FRANCISCO - The Cardinals stayed true to themselves on Sunday in the final game of the season, and that's not a good thing for a team that won just one game since September.
SAN FRANCISCO - Just two months ago, the San Francisco 49ers grabbed control of the NFC West from the Arizona Cardinals behind Alex Smith's near perfect performance on a Monday night in the desert.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has given the San Francisco offense a new dimension since taking over as the starter. He threw for 216 yards and ran for 28 in last week's 41-34 win at New England.
SEATTLE - Dynamic young quarterbacks. Bullying running backs. Rock-solid defenses. Coaches who don't much like each other.
San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith carries Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer with him after intercepting a pass in the third quarter.
49ers free safety Dashon Goldson is upended by Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker at the New England 3 after a 66-yard fumble return.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The San Francisco 49ers turned a nearly historic collapse into a stunning victory and a playoff berth.