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NFC Championship Game 2013: 49ers, Falcons Meet For Chance To Reach Super Bowl

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates with quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after Kaepernick's 56-yard touchdown run against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in San Francisco, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. | AP
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The NFC tournament has delivered chalk. The No. 2 seed San Francisco 49ers are visiting the No. 1 seed Atlanta Falcons with a berth in Super Bowl XLVII on the line. This game will kickoff at 3:00 p.m. EST at the Georgia Dome and will be televised on FOX, per NFL.com

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

  • Fresh off a bye, the 49ers rolled over Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park on Saturday. Dynamic dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed for a record-setting 181 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns in the 45-31 win.
  • Having also earned a bye, the Falcons opened their playoff run at home. Despite taking a 20-0 lead over the visiting Seattle Seahawks, the Falcons needed a stunning comeback of their own to advance. The Seahawks overcame the Falcons early margin and took the lead in the final minute. Less than a minute away from his fourth career playoff loss in four career tries, Matt Ryan drove the Falcons into field goal range and Matt Bryant did the rest. The Matty Ices won 30-28.
REGULAR-SEASON RANKINGS:

49ers Offense — Overall (11), Rushing (4), Passing (23)
49ers Defense — Overall (3), Rushing (4), Pass (4)

Falcons Offense — Overall (8), Rushing (29), Passing (6)
Falcons Defense — Overall (24), Rushing (21), Passing (23)

WHAT DO THE HANDICAPPERS SAY?


RJ Bell
Early Championship Lines: AT : SF -1 (-117) [Pinny]; SF -2.5 [BetOnline]; SF -1 (-130) [Greek]; SF -1 (-125} [Carib]

RJ Bell
money pours in: now favored by 3.5 on road vs (at both Stations and LVH here in Vegas)

Johnny Detroit
Atlanta Falcons (+3 at home vs. San Francisco 49ers) are only 35% since 1989 against the spread when home underdogs of 3-points or more.

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