Media day for NFC Championship Game

January, 16, 2013
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It’s not as big or as centralized as the Super Bowl’s media day, but Wednesday will serve the same purpose for the NFC Championship Game.

Once upon a time, things were structured so that news conferences were held the Friday before championship games in the host city. The head coach and selected players from visiting teams would have to fly in early to take part. But technology has changed that and moved the schedule up.

The Falcons and the 49ers each will hold news conferences at their own facilities Wednesday. Atlanta coach Mike Smith, quarterback Matt Ryan, center Todd McClure and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will meet with the media at 4 p.m. ET and the interviews will be carried live on NFL Network.

Nice choice by the Falcons to put McClure out there. He doesn’t get a lot of attention due to the nature of his position. But he’s the longest-tenured member of the Falcons and he’s a very good quote.

The 49ers will start their news conference at 2:55 p.m. ET and it will feature coach Jim Harbaugh, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, linebacker Patrick Willis and defensive lineman Justin Smith.

I’ll be monitoring both news conferences and will bring you the highlights.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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