NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons


Jan 2013

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NFC Championship: 49ers @ Falcons Sunday, Jan. 20, 2012 3 p.m. ET

Coming into the matchup with the Green Bay Packers last week at Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers had home-field advantage and the perk of being able to rest for an extra week due to a first-round bye in the playoffs. Although the 49ers were playing on their home field and seemingly full of confidence, there was still a lot of doubt surrounding this team as many were uncertain if second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the right man for the job under center during the postseason. All those doubts were put to rest last weekend with Kaepernick putting on a historic performance against the Packers’ secondary. Kaepernick rushed for an NFL record 181 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers while also throwing for two touchdowns. Needless to say, the Packers’ defense had absolutely no answer for Kaepernick and fell to the 49ers in convincing fashion. The young quarterback was able to prove that he is indeed the right man for the job and will be a tough task for the number seed Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game this Sunday night at the Georgia Dome. Regardless of the number one seed and home-field advantage throughout the postseason, the Falcons still haven’t been labeled as a serious threat to any team the have faced thus far. Atlanta won an NFC-best 13 games during the regular season, but no one believes it those reflect how good the team is. With that being said, the Falcons will host the 49ers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome as underdogs. The oddsmakers have absolutely no confidence in this team’s ability to contain Kaepernick this weekend even though they’ll be playing on their home field. Last weekend, the Falcons’ defense struggled to put away the resilient Seattle Seahawks and as a result needed a game-winning field goal by Matt Bryant near the end of the fourth quarter to officially shut the door on Russell Wilson and company. In the NFC Championship game, the Falcons’ defense will have another extremely tough task ahead of them trying to keep Kaepernick contained and the consensus heading into this matchup is that Atlanta won’t be able to accomplish that feat regardless of playing at the Georgia Dome. At this point in time, the 49ers are the favorites to advance to the Super Bowl with a -4 point spread. Even though it will have to be done on the road, San Francisco is clearly the better all-around football team and should advance while covering the spread.

Prediction: 49ers -4

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