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Fox to focus on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for NFC finals coverage

SPORTS MEDIA NOTEBOOK — Studio analyst Howie Long: “Kaepernick is a special quarterback who can make plays all over the field.”
by Mel Bracht Published: January 18, 2013

Fox Sports will focus on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when it broadcasts the NFC Championship Game at 2 p.m. Sunday from Atlanta (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, reporters Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews).

Studio analyst Howie Long said, “The 49ers are going to be a major challenge for the Falcons because the offense is so dynamic. Colin Kaepernick is a special quarterback who can make plays all over the field.”

CBS analyst Phil Simms said Kapernick “may be the most dynamic quarterback in the NFL. His arm is not good, it's special. ... He can throw it hard on a line, but his touch passes down the field have been spectacular … Forget the running, that arm alone is enough to make you a franchise quarterback.”

The 1 p.m. pregame show will include a report on how Kapernick has won over fans in San Francisco. A camera crew also has followed Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and his family this week as he prepared for the biggest game of his 16-year career.

Simms, Jim Nantz and reporters Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots will call the AFC final, Baltimore at New England, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

Nantz noted that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is retiring on a high note: “His emotion is definitely a big part of what Baltimore's doing right now. And not only that, but he's fresh. I mean, he's made 30 tackles in the last two games. I think in some ways, he's looked better than he's looked in a couple of years.”

On the pregame show, Dan Marino will interview New England quarterback Tom Brady as he strives to make it to a record-tying sixth Super Bowl.

Short takes

— The Thunder's TV ratings continue to improve, averaging a 9.4 in its last 10 games on Fox Sports Oklahoma, as the team builds on its NBA league in local ratings (8.1 average). Many fans are sticking around for “Thunder Live” postgame shows with Hall of Fame analyst Nancy Lieberman and either Dana Larson or John Rhadigan as host. In the last four games, the show has averaged a 4.3, including a 5.7 Monday night.

— The OSU and OU men's basketball teams will make appearances Monday on ESPN for its five-game Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule. OSU plays at Baylor at 4:30 p.m. (Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe) and OU hosts Texas at 8:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen and Stephen Bardo). OSU also will be ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Texas Tech (Jon Sciambi and Fraschilla).

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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