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01/20/2013 02:53 pm ET | Updated Jan 20, 2013

49ers vs. Falcons LIVE: NFC Championship Game Features Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan

Asked about the strategy he employed in his record-setting performance against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick channeled his inner Wee Willie Keeler.

"Run where they're not," Kaepernick told reporters ahead of the 2013 NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The 25-year-old, second-year player out of Nevada seemed to be everywhere that the Packers' defenders were not last weekend as he rolled up 181 rushing yards on just 16 carries. Using the read option out of the pistol formation to devastating effect, Kaepernick seemed to be touched by defenders just a handful of times. Rounding out his epic outing, Kaepernick threw for 263 yards (more than Aaron Rodgers). All told, the dual-threat quarterback account for four touchdowns, two rushing and two passing.

Despite entering the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record, the Falcons find themselves a home underdog in the conference title game thanks in large part to the staggering dominance of Kaepernick. One week after Rodgers couldn't keep up with him, Matt Ryan will attempt to do the same.

After leading his team on a thrilling, game-winning drive in the final minute to survive the Seattle Seahawks, Matty Ice has shown he won't shrink from the moment. With Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez running routes for him, Ryan may have the weapons to survive a shootout with these suddenly scintillating 49ers.

"It's different. A lot of times we'll face a Calvin Johnson and an OK receiver on the other side. You face Brandon Marshall and an OK receiver on the other side. These guys, you're facing Roddy White and you look on the other side, it's Julio Jones. It's not an OK receiver. It's another elite receiver," San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers told The Associated Press ahead of the game. "Then there's an elite tight end, a Hall of Fame tight end. It's different facing them guys."

Including the postseason, Ryan is 34-6 at Georgia Dome entering this game. Will he and the Falcons be able to pull off the upset and celebrate with their home fans? Or will the 49ers keep on Kaepernicking right to Super Bowl XLVII?

Stay tuned for live updates throughout the game:

01/20/2013 6:14 PM EST

@ NFL_RealUpdates :

The #49ers had 9 Pro-Bowl players on the NFC roster, by making it to the Superbowl, there will now be 9 new players making the Pro-Bowl.

01/20/2013 6:09 PM EST

@ NFL_RealUpdates :

Jim did his part, now it's John's turn.

01/20/2013 6:07 PM EST

@ RossTuckerNFL :

Kaepernick 2012 = Brady 2001?

01/20/2013 6:05 PM EST

@ BaltimoreLuke :

The 49ers have advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1994 season. We'll see if John Harbaugh can join his brother. #Ravens

01/20/2013 6:03 PM EST

@ MASNJoshLand :

The Niners have done their part to set up a Harbaugh-Harbaugh Super Bowl. Now, can the #Ravens?

01/20/2013 6:02 PM EST

FINAL PLAY

Ryan finds Julio Jones with a high pass but he gets knocked down before he can lateral it. GAME OVER. 49ERS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL.

01/20/2013 6:01 PM EST

Punt

Douglas catches the punt around their own 40...

01/20/2013 6:00 PM EST

Timeout

49ers call timeout with 14 seconds left.

01/20/2013 5:59 PM EST

3rd and 15

Gore runs up the middle to about the 15-yard line. 49ers will run the clock down and punt with around 11 seconds left.

01/20/2013 5:59 PM EST

@ NFL_RealUpdates :

Juilo Jones showed he is good at Hail Mary situations last week [on defense] might get a shot here aswell.

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