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NFC playoff Q&A: Old-school rules

49ers and Giants made their mark with bruising, ball-hawking defenses

Originally Published: January 15, 2012
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- There is something poetic about how this postseason is shaping up in the NFC. All season long we heard endless platitudes about the explosive beauty of offensive football. Teams were throwing more than ever, scoring more than ever and making everybody believe that all you needed for a championship was a wide-open offense and a gunslinger under center. It now looks like somebody forgot to send that memo to the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. They're here because they ...

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