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Mike Nolan not bitter toward 49ers

Updated: January 17, 2013, 9:16 AM ET
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Mike Nolan knows a thing or two about the San Francisco 49ers. His father coached the team and he did, too. And now, he'll try to keep them out of the Super Bowl.

Nolan runs the defense for the Atlanta Falcons, who will host San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game Sunday. He still has fond memories of his first head-coaching job, even though he wound up getting fired by the 49ers in the middle of his fourth season.

"A lot of good things happened there," ...

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