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NFL Playoffs Capsule: 49ers at Falcons

NFL Playoffs Capsule: 49ers at Falcons

SAN FRANCISCO (12-4-1) at ATLANTA (14-3)

Sunday, 3 p.m., Fox

OPENING LINE - 49ers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 10-7; Atlanta 9-7-1

SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 44-29-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 3; Falcons No. 4

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat 49ers 16-14 on Oct. 3, 2010.

LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Packers 45-31; Falcons beat Seahawks 30-28

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (4), PASS (23)

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (4), PASS (4)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (29), PASS (6)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (21), PASS (23)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons have won last four games in series since 49ers took two OT wins in 2001. ... Teams meeting in playoffs for second time. Super Bowl-bound Falcons beat 49ers 20-18 on Jan. 9, 1999 in divisional playoffs as Jamal Anderson rushed for 113 yards and two TDs. Falcons defense had 3 INTs, including two by S William White. ... 49ers have won NFL-best 16 division titles since 1980. ... Jim Harbaugh is only eighth coach since 1970 to win division titles in each of first two seasons. ... In divisional playoffs win over Packers last week, 49ers set franchise postseason records with 579 total net yards and 323 yards rushing. ... QB Colin Kaepernick has passed for 12 TD with four INTs and rushed for four TDs while posting 6-2 record as starter. In first career playoff start last week, Kaepernick had 263 yards passing with two TDs. He set NFL record for QB in any game with 181 yards rushing with two TDs. Otto Graham (twice) and Jay Cutler only other QBs with at least two passing TDs and two rushing TDs in postseason game. ... RB Frank Gore had 1,213 yards rushing for team-record sixth season with at least 1,000 yards rushing. ... Gore had 119 yards rushing with TD last week. ... WR Michael Crabtree had nine catches for 119 yards, two TDs against Packers last week. ... TE Vernon Davis has 11 catches for 336 yards and four TDs in three career playoff games. ... WR Randy Moss has 10 TD catches in postseason, tied for third in NFL history. Moss needs two TD catches to tie John Stallworth (12) for second place. ... Moss has 24 catches for 331 yards, two TDs, in last three games against Falcons. ... LB Aldon Smith's 33 1/2 sacks are high total for player in first two seasons. Smith led NFC with team-record 19 1/2 sacks this season. ... Falcons set NFL records for 16-game schedule with 55 penalties for 415 yards. Giants had second-fewest penalties with 72 this season. Falcons one of two teams to rank among top seven in NFL in scoring offense (26.2) and scoring defense (16.7). Denver was other team. ... Atlanta hosting first NFC championship game. Falcons played on road splitting NFC championship games in 1998 and 2004 seasons. ... Falcons' win over Seattle was team's first playoff win in five seasons with coach Mike Smith and QB Matt Ryan. ... Ryan's 56 regular-season wins are most by starting quarterback in first five seasons. ... Including playoffs, Ryan 34-6 at Georgia Dome. .... WR Roddy White (1,351) and WR Julio Jones (1,198) are first Atlanta duo to each top 1,000 yards receiving since 1998. White reached 1,000 yards receiving for team-record sixth consecutive season. Including playoffs, White has NFC-leading 590 catches since 2007. ... White had 47-yard TD catch last week. ... Jones closed win over Seattle with INT to become first player since Keyshawn Johnson on Jan. 10, 1999 with at least five catches and INT in postseason game. ... TE Tony Gonzalez, named to 13th Pro Bowl this season, earned first postseason win last week. ... DE John Abraham led Falcons with 10 sacks, giving him 126 for career, most for any active NFL player. ... CB Asante Samuel has seven career postseason INTs, second-most for active player. Samuel holds NFL postseason record with four career TD returns on INTs. ... Thomas DeCoud (6) and William Moore were only NFL duo at safety to each have at least four INTs.

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Wizards' second round pick Issuf Sanon will take time, much like Tomas Satoransky did

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Wizards' second round pick Issuf Sanon will take time, much like Tomas Satoransky did

The first round of the NBA Draft played out expectedly for what the Wizards had planned for the night. In Troy Brown, they clearly got the guy they wanted all along, seeing as there were many interesting prospects they passed on to choose him.

The second round was a bit more chaotic. Team president Ernie Grunfeld said there were a few players picked just ahead of them at No. 44 that they had their eyes on. They contemplated trading up, but no perfect deals were presented.

So, they decided to think long-term, like really long-term. In choosing Ukrainian point guard Issuf Sanon, the Wizards understand it may be years before he plays in the NBA.

"We hope to have him developed in a few years," Grunfeld said.

Sanon, just 18, plays for Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia. He may stay in Europe into his 20s before he comes to the United States.

The Wizards have utilized the draft-and-stash model with other players. Their 2015 second round pick, Aaron White, has been playing in Europe for the past three seasons.

Sometimes those players never convey and contribute for the Wizards. But sometimes they do and Grunfeld pointed to a player already on their roster as a model to consider.

"We drafted Tomas [Satoransky] at an earlier age, he went overseas [and] he played at the highest level and it got him ready for the NBA," Grunfeld said.

The difference between now and then is that the Wizards have a G-League franchise starting this fall, the Capital City Go-Go. Because of that, it seemed more likely going into the draft that the Wizards would use the second round pick on a guy who can play there right away. 

Grunfeld, however, opted for roster flexibility. By keeping Sanon in Europe, the Wizards can have another open roster spot. They could either fill that spot, or leave spots on the end of their roster open as they did for much of last season.

"We want to preserve a roster spot, so just because you draft someone in your second round, if you sign him, he still has a roster spot even if you let him play for the GoGo," Grunfeld said.

Sanon may have a bright future. He is a 6-foot-4 point guard with impressive athleticism who doesn't turn 19 until October. He said he models his game after Russell Westbrook, as a guard who can score the ball.

The Wizards passed on several interesting prospects to pick Sanon. Still on the board were Keita Bates-Diop of Ohio State, Hamidou Diallo of Kentucky and Svi Mykhailiuk of Kansas, three players they brought in for pre-draft workouts. But instead, they went with a long-term investment, hoping they found the next Satoransky.

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The 2018 NHL Draft starts on Friday with the first round and runs through Saturday. Here's a running tracker of the Caps' picks.

1st round, 31st overall: D Alexander Alexeyev, WHL, 6'4", 196 pounds

The Caps' first first-round pick sine 2016, Alexeyev is a smart two-way defenseman with good size.

Read more on him here.

2nd round, 46th overall (from Florida, via New Jersey): D Martin Fehervary, Allsvenskan (Sweden), 6'2", 194 pounds

A physical style defenseman who is very strong in his own end, but does not have much offensive upside. Sort of a throwback style of play which makes him a surprise pick this high.

2nd round, 47th overall (From Colorado): F Kody Clark, OHL, 6'1", 179 pounds

Kody Clark boasts an NHL pedigree as the son of Wendel Clark, a first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs who recorded 330 goals and 564 career points in 763 NHL games.

3rd round, 93rd overall: F Riley Sutter, WHL, 6'3", 203 pounds

Riley Sutter also boasts a strong NHL pedigree as the son of Run Sutter and nephew of Darryl Sutter.

Riley is a power forward who played alongside Caps prospect Garrett Pilon on the Everett Silvertips in the WHL and recorded 53 points in 68 games last season.

4th round, 124th overall: G Mitchell Gibson, NAHL, 6'1", 187 pounds

A Harvard commit, Gibson posted a 1.59 GAA and .935 save percentage in the NAHL last season.

6th round, 186th overall: 

7th round, 217th overall: