The San Francisco 49ers have the best defense of the four remaining playoff teams, but many of their top players are dinged up heading into Sunday's conference championship game.
The much-improved Atlanta Falcons' defensive front and secondary are also playing through injuries, but not as bad as the 49ers' linebackers.
While all are listed as "probable," San Francisco's NaVarro Bowman, Justin Smith, and Patrick Willis are each suffering with ailments. That could greatly affect the 49ers' pass rush on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.
Below is an injury report for both Atlanta and San Francisco heading into the NFC title game on Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers
CB Tarell Brown, shoulder, Probable
FB Bruce Miller, shoulder, Probable
LB Aldon Smith, shoulder, Probable
G Alex Boone, knee, Probable
LB NaVorro Bowman, shoulder, Probable
TE Garrett Celek, foot, Probable
CB Chris Culliver, knee, Probable
S Dashon Goldson, shin, Probable
LB Tavares Gooden, knee, Probable
RB Frank Fore, knee, Probable
LB Clark Haggans, shoulder, Probable
G Mike Iupati, shoulder, Probable
LB Justin Smith, elbow, triceps, Probable
LB Patrick Willis, shoulder, Probable
DE John Abraham, ankle, Questionable
DT Jonathan Babineaux, shoulder, Questionable
CB Christopher Owens, hamstring, Probable
S William Moore, hand, Probable
LB Stephen Nicolas, foot, Probable
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