For the sixth time in franchise history our San Francisco 49ers are Super Bowl bound after their thrilling 28-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons. There were plenty of ups and downs throughout the game, with the 49ers looking like the inferior team in the first quarter. But like the game against the Green Bay Packers, Colin Kaepernick and the Niners defense came through when it counted most to advance to the NFL’s biggest stage.
The 49ers NFC Championship win resulted in plenty of stories. Kaepernick etching his name along aside Joe Montana and Steve Young as 49ers QB’s leading their teams to the Super Bowl. The awaking of the sleeping giant that is Vernon Davis and a defense that at first looked like they were overmatched, but once the offense gave them some rest, proved to be the dominant defense they have been all season.
The NFC Championship win will be remembered as The Comeback. The 49ers were down by 17 points after the first quarter, but never gave up or lost confidence against the Falcons and very loud crowd inside the Georgia Dome. After virtually no offense in the first quarter, Kaepernick managed to gain 233 pass yards and throw for one touchdown. Falcons QB Matt Ryan showed pose in the first half, but had two decisive turnovers in the second half that spurred the 49ers comeback.
Fittingly, veteran Frank Gore ran in the go-ahead touchdown to give the 49ers the lead for good with 8:23 left in the fourth quarter. Gore has been through the good and the bad since joining the team in 2005 and to see him advance to the Big Dance was very rewarding.
The Falcons put up one last, edge of your seat effort to win the game in the final minutes. But the 70-yard drive came up short at the 49ers 10-yard line with a pass batted down by LB NaVorro Bowman on fourth down.
The sure joy, happiness, amazement, excitement and…hell, any super duper way you can think of describing it, insert here, whatever you feel, whatever you want to call it, stand up 49ers Faithful, our team is headed to the Big Bayou for the Super Bowl!
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