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January 6, 2012
Podcast: Looking ahead to playoffs. And was there a Saints snub?

Here's a podcast The Bee's Ed Fletcher did with me that looks back at the regular season and ahead to the playoffs and the team the 49ers are likely to face, the Saints. Ed (with whom I used to play football on Saturday mornings in Land Park) asks me if I've ever feared being pummeled by an NFL football player.

The second, shorter clip is about the phantom phone call that Jim Harbaugh didn't give Sean Payton before their preseason game in August. The scuttlebut out of New Orleans at the time is that that snub prompted the Saints to be very aggressive against the 49ers in the preseason opener.

A missed phone call might fuel a heated postseason rematch between Harbaugh and Saints coach Sean Payton. (1 minute)

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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