It’s been 18 years since the San Francisco 49ers were in the Super Bowl, 18 years that has seemed like an eternity for me but now we are back. During Sundays NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons I found myself almost in disbelief upset at how the team had let the Falcons take a 17-0 commanding lead. The season seemed to be slipping away and pictures of the Falcons representing the NFC in the big game began to creep into my mind.
Only the 49ers didn’t allow it to rattle them at all. They stayed trued to who they are, they ran the football, stayed patient, played tough defense and climbed back. After quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran all over the Packers to the tune of 181 rushing yards, the most ever by a QB in NFL history. Kaep can certainly run the football, but that’s not who the Niners are, they were simply exploiting the fact that the Packers had no answer for Colin’s feet in that game. Against a team that played running QBs pretty well, they went back to what they do best, power running and getting the ball in the hands of Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis in the passing game.
The Niners went in to halftime down 24-14 after a missed 38 yard field goal by David Akers and didn’t allow a point in the second half ending the game with a statement stop inside the redzone capped off by terrific pass defense by Navarro Bowman when he knocked down a fourth down pass attempted for Roddy White. The 49ers won the game 28-24 outscoring the Falcons 14-0 in the second half despite giving away seven points on a Crabtree fumble inside the one yard line.
What this game showed us is that despite having a second year QB making only his ninth career start, this is a veteran team that plays with their heads, that avoids panicking in face of adversity one ready for Super Bowl glory. This team is one of if not the most talented teams in football with nine pro bowlers and several alternates who are mostly young players who will be around for quite some time witnessing them play together as a team with their minds and talents was something special to see. One more and we’re Super Bowl Champions.