For the San Francisco 49ers to complete their quest for a 6th Lombardi Trophy, they will have to beat the Baltimore Ravens. After falling one game short of the Super Bowl a year ago, the 49ers find themselves in unfamiliar territory, as the last time they were in a Super Bowl was 18 years ago. As a franchise, San Francisco is undefeated on football’s biggest stage, and although this is new ground for this specific team, they have to like their chances of keeping the winning streak alive.
Frank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
The 49ers defense needed time to warm up, then shut out the Falcons in the second half and allow San Francisco to stage a record rally in the NFC championship game. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman knocked away a fourth-down pass intended for Roddy White with 1:13 left helped preserve a 28-24 victory.
The 49ers’ coach and star quarterback talked to the media at their final practice before heading to Atlanta for Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons.
John Madden said it’s more likely the Baltimore Ravens will upset the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday than the Falcons will upset the 49ers in the NFC match-up.
Often underappreciated and overlooked around the NFL, Frank Gore has carried the 49ers through good times and mostly bad the last eight seasons.
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.
This is the first time Colin Kaepernick has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and the first time a 49er was featured on the cover since Jan. 23, 2012.
The Wall Street Journal reports 49er players have missed far fewer games due to injury over the last two seasons than the other three teams still in the playoffs. Some 49er players and other observers credit a stretching regimen the coaches won’t talk about.
The San Francisco 49ers are one win from the place they’ve planned to be all along: the Super Bowl.