Colin Kaepernick - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship Game. Here is a brief look back at how they did it.
Sunday's NFC Championship Game will be between the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. Here are three quick impressions from the weekend's NFC Divisional Round playoff games, which saw Atlanta edge the Seattle Seahawks, 30-28, and the 49ers overwhelm the Green Bay Packers, 45-31.
1. Jim Harbaugh was right. Many analysts, bloggers and fans thought the 49ers coach was nuts when he switched quarterbacks mid-stream from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick. Is there anyone still questioning that decision?. Kaepernick passed for 263 yards and two scores, and ran for a playoff record 181 yards and two more scores. San Francisco now has an explosive offense rather than 'just don't screw the game up' offense Smith led.
2. The Falcons didn't win Sunday as much as the Seahawks lost. The foolish 'ice the kicker' timeout by Seattle coach Pete Carroll that gave Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant a second chance after he had missed a 49-yard game-winning field goal was only part of it. The Seahawks messed up several first-half scoring opportunities that came back to bite them.
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