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