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Despite ugly ending in San Francisco, Falcons' Mike Nolan holds no bitterness toward 49ers

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    Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan speaks during a media availability at the team's NFL football training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The Falcons host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/John Amis) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan arrives for a news conference at the NFL football team's training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Atlanta is scheduled to host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/John Amis) (The Associated Press)

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    Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan speaks during an NFL football media availability at their training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Atlanta is scheduled to host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/John Amis) (The Associated Press)

Mike Nolan knows a thing or two about the San Francisco 49ers.

His father coached the team.

He did, too.

Now, he'll try to keep the 49ers out of the Super Bowl.

These days, Nolan runs the defense for the Atlanta Falcons, who will host San Francisco in the NFC championship game Sunday. He still has fond memories of his first head coaching job, even though he wound up getting fired by the 49ers right in the middle of his fourth straight losing season.

Despite the ugly ending, Nolan insists that beating a team he knows so well won't provide any extra satisfaction.

Like everyone in the Falcons' organization, his eyes are on the Super Bowl. The 49ers just happen to be the ones standing in the way.