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Big injuries for Iupati and Bowman in 49ers loss

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks

during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Christian Petersen

The 49ers came up just short of a Super Bowl trip, but they’d have been short two of their best players if they had made it.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, according to Matt Maiocco of

Coupled with a broken ankle for left guard Mike Iupati, that’s a pair of dramatic injuries from a physical game.

That will clear two more spots in next week’s Pro Bowl, in addition to the guys who will replace all the Broncos and Seahawks in the all-star game.