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The San Francisco 49ers offense lines up against the Atlanta Falcons at Candlestick Park on October 11, 2009 in San Francisco. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: 49ers Should Win, But They’ll Be Challenged

John Madden thinks the 49ers will win Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Falcons in Atlanta, but doesn’t expect a cake walk.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–01/18/2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons carries the ball during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Monkey Not Off Falcons’ Back Yet

When the Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks, they earned the first playoff win for both Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez. The entire franchise was able to breathe a sigh of relief, but will need to re-focus with San Francisco up next. With the winner heading to the Super Bowl, Atlanta must be careful to not suffer an emotional let down, and will face even more pressure as the stakes have been raised.

01/18/2013

Divisional Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v San Franciso 49ers

Falcons Say Kaepernick Poses New Challenge

The Falcons have seen enough in San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s eight starts to respect the versatile quarterback with the long stride and strong right arm.

01/17/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers tackles wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers after a catch during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

On Sunday, NaVorro Bowman And Patrick Willis Will Be Asked To Do The (Almost) Impossible

There are a lot of things that will be needed to slow down the Atlanta Falcons offense in the NFC Championship Game. The 49er secondary will have their hands full chasing Roddy White and Julio Jones around, but the key match-up is going to be NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis vs. Tony Gonzalez. There is no doubt that Gonzalez is the greatest ever at the tight end position, but this is a match up that San Francisco can win.

01/17/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers talks with his teammates against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Keys To 49er Victory Are As Much Mental As Physical

Despite having to travel on the road to play the Atlanta Falcons, the 49ers are in a good position to pull out a win on Sunday. The keys to getting over the hump, that is the NFC Championship Game, will be a mix of mental and physical. Both teams are solid and equally talented, but if San Francisco can control three things, they will find themselves one win away from the Lombardi Trophy.

01/16/2013

Head coach Jim Harbaugh (L) of the San Francisco 49ers and his brother, head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens (C) talk with their parents Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, and John's daughter Allison, before the start of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Harbaugh Vs. Harbaugh A Real Possibility

The NFC and AFC champions will be decided Sunday, with the 49ers facing the Falcons in Atlanta and the Ravens meeting the Patriots in Foxborough. Which two teams will advance to the Super Bowl?”

CONNECT WITH KCBS–01/15/2013

Wild Card Playoffs - Seattle Seahawks v Washington Redskins

Daily Madden: Running QBs Are A New Challenge For Defenses

As the Packers did with the 49ers in their loss to San Francisco Saturday, teams are struggling to defend the read option offense. How will defenses adjust to Colin Kaepernick and other running QBs?

CONNECT WITH KCBS–01/14/2013

Divisional Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v San Franciso 49ers

Daily Madden: Kaepernick Ends QB Controversy Once And For All

The 49ers are favored in Sunday’s NFC Championship game in Atlanta after quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the team to a 45-31 win over the Green Bay Packers.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–01/14/2013

QB Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers

KCBS Sports Fans: Kaepernick Leads The New Look Niners

Remember the old days–oh, about two months ago, when there was a raging debate in the Bay Area about who should be playing quarterback for the 49ers?

01/14/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with running back LaMichael James #23 after running the ball for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

49ers Like Odds Of Going Through Atlanta To Make It To Super Bowl

After dismantling the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, the 49ers find themselves back in the NFC Championship Game. With the Falcons holding serve against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco will travel to Atlanta with one win standing in the way of both teams of a trip to the Super Bowl. By playing a Falcons team who ended the season as the number 1 seed, in the Georgia Dome, the 49ers will be the underdogs, but have to like their chances of pulling off the upset and moving on to the Super Bowl.

01/14/2013

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