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In 2012, Jason Witten posted receiverlike numbers. He was 30. Tony Gonzalez wasn't far behind, at age 36. Will the over-30 club rule the tight end landscape in 2013? Or will younger players -- such as Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph -- take over? And what to make of undeniably talented but oft-injured New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski? Click on the boxes below to set your rankings!

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NFL TEs in 2013

Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

Bears
2012: 55 rec, 626 yards, 5 TDs

Jared Cook

Jared Cook

Rams
2012: 44 rec, 523 yards, 4 TDs

Owen Daniels

Owen Daniels

Texans
2012: 62 rec, 716 yards, 6 TDs

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers
2012: 41 rec, 548 yards, 5 TDs

Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

Packers
2012: 61 rec, 667 yards, 2 TDs

Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates

Chargers
2012: 49 rec, 538 yards, 7 TDs

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

Falcons
2012: 93 rec, 930 yards, 8 TDs

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

Saints
2012: 85 rec, 982 yards, 9 TDs

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

Patriots
2012: 55 rec, 790 yards, 11 TDs

Brandon Myers

Brandon Myers

Giants
2012: 79 rec, 806 yards, 4 TDs

Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen

Panthers
2012: 69 rec, 843 yards, 5 TDs

Brandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

Lions
2012: 59 rec, 567 yards, 3 TDs

Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

Vikings
2012: 53 rec, 493 yards, 9 TDs

Jason Witten

Jason Witten

Cowboys
2012: 110 rec, 1,039 yards, 3 TDs

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The Super Bowl XLVII matchup is set with the Ravens and 49ers squaring off in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Ray Lewis will be there for the final game of his storied 17-year career with the Ravens, as will Colin Kaepernick making just his 10th career start at quarterback for the 49ers. Throw in some top-notch wide receivers (Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree), tight ends (Vernon Davis, Dennis Pitta) and running backs (Frank Gore, Ray Rice) and we've got a pretty even matchup, with SportsNation giving the slight edge to the Niners. How do the best players in the Super Bowl stack up? Click the images to cast your votes.

Super Bowl XLVII players

Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

Ravens WR

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

49ers WR

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers TE

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Ravens QB

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

49ers RB

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ravens LB

Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

Ravens TE

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Ravens RB

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers LB

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith

Ravens WR

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers LB

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We may not have the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup in the AFC Championship Game much of SportsNation wanted to see, but both championship games are loaded with talent. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez are hoping to end their careers on top, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is two games away from winning a Super Bowl in his 10th career start, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's 0-for-3 record in the playoffs is history after a thrilling 30-28 victory over the Seahawks. How do the best players remaining in the NFL playoffs stack up? Click the images to vote.

Super Bowl XLVII players

John Abraham

John Abraham

Falcons DE

Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

Ravens WR

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots QB

Michael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

49ers WR

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

49ers TE

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco

Ravens QB

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

Falcons TE

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

49ers RB

Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Falcons WR

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Ravens LB

Brandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

Patriots WR

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots LB

Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

Ravens TE

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Ravens RB

Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

Patriots RB

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Falcons QB

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers LB

Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith

Ravens WR

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Falcons RB

Wes Welker

Wes Welker

Patriots WR

Roddy White

Roddy White

Falcons WR

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers LB

Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead

Patriots RB

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Whatever else you want to say about LeBron James (keep it clean, Cleveland), the guy knows how to build drama. Even with reports surfacing before his televised spectacle that he would sign with the Heat, there was some genuine uncertainty about what would come out of his mouth that night. As for Brett Favre's future plans? Let's just say the sequel isn't playing out with quite as much suspense as last summer's original.

Only 18 percent of SportsNation voters think there is any uncertainty, with 3 percent convinced he's retiring and 79 percent convinced he's coming back. But as ESPN.com's NFL bloggers prove, there are always plenty of more intriguing questions to ponder.

1. Is Bob Sanders still an elite NFL safety?

Paul Kurhasky blogs: "Safety Bob Sanders only played in two games last season, the first for Larry Coyer as the Colts' defensive coordinator. Defenders loved that Coyer started incorporating some blitzes, something the team almost never did under Ron Meeks. I imagine Sanders as a scary blitzer who will get his chances for shots at quarterbacks." | AFC South blog | Vote

2. Will Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin be the AFC North's best combination?

James Walker blogs: "That's where Boldin comes in. His job is to become the No. 1 target for third-year player Joe Flacco, who is trying to become one of the NFL's better quarterbacks. Boldin's presence also should take some of the pressure off Pro Bowl tailback Ray Rice and the running game." | AFC North blog | Vote

3. Is Laurence Maroney the answer or part of the problem?

Tim Graham blogs: "Maroney has never been able to rush for more than 835 yards in a season. He's averaged 3.9 and 3.3 yards a carry in 2009 and 2008, respectively.

This is the final year of Maroney's contract and if he doesn't start to live up to his first-round selection -- the 21st player selected overall in 2006 -- the Patriots will be looking to draft a back in 2011." | AFC East blog | Vote

4. Is Vernon Davis the face of the 49ers franchise?

Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrow via Mike Sando's blog: "Davis, it seems, has become the 49ers' go-to player not only when they need a touchdown on the field but when they need to sell the team and the league off of it. And why not? He's confident (just ask him), he's good-looking (just ask him), he's eager to please and he has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy." | NFC West blog | Vote

5. Will Jimmy Clausen start for the Panthers this season?

John Clayton blogs: "Clausen, as a quarterback prospect, is just what the Panthers have been looking for as a replacement for the departed Jake Delhomme. He's smart, talented and comes from a big-time school in Notre Dame. But [Panthers coach John] Fox doesn't have the luxury to think long term. Despite his success, Fox is in the final year of his contract and there is a good chance he could leave after the season. Fox must win now, which can be difficult with a rookie quarterback. " | NFC South blog | Vote

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One is a legend of NFC West football, unparalleled, unmatched and unstoppable by those who share space with him in an NFL stadium. Jerry Rice was pretty good, too. The game's greatest receiver stopped to chat with SportsNation and offered up his thoughts on the outlook for the 49ers this season. But that wasn't all for 49ers fans in the 'Nation, as NFC West blogger Mike Sando also chatted on all things 49ers, Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks.

Tim Finnegan (Islip, NY)

What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of the 49ers coming into this season? Do you think Michael Crabtree could have the same kind of impact that you had on the team?

Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice

I think their weakness in the the quarterback position. They need to name a quarterback and right now they still have players battling it out for the starting job. As a receiver and a player that has been in the league for a long time, you want to know who is going to be you're starting quarterback going into training camp. Michael Crabtree showed in college that he is a great player bit right now he's a little behind schedule because of the injury. I think he will be OK but it's going to take some time to get adjusted to the pace of an NFL game. Full transcript.

Corey (D.C.)

What do you expect from Vernon Davis this season in their new offense, along with the other weapons defenses will have to worry about like Gore, Crabtree, Morgan, etc?

Mike Sando
Mike Sando

I expect greater involvement in the passing game and more maturity from Vernon Davis. The latter part seems to be the trend for him under Mike Singletary, at least to this point. Davis might always be vulnerable to his emotions, but he seems to be trending in the right direction. The touchdown catch he made at Arizona last season reminded us what he can be.

John (NYC)

Hey Sando, love the blog.What are the chances Willis has a Defensive MVP type season? I understand he'll need to get more sacks but from what it sounds like, the niners d sounds good enough to alleviate some of the pressure off of Willis allowing him to make more big plays.

Mike Sando
Mike Sando

I think Willis plays well enough to deserve consideration for that award even if he doesn't have the stats. He's a force. I do think he would need a combination of interceptions and sacks to get the necessary acclaim for that award. And it would help if the 49ers fielded a top-10 defense while winning a few more games. Full transcript.

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