A year ago at this time the New York Giants were preparing to face the San Francisco 49ers for the right to go to the Super Bowl. This year, the 49ers are back but it seems like the Giants have been done playing forever. This year it will be the Atlanta Falcons hosting the 49ers in the 2013 NFC Championship Game.
Here is a first look at Sunday's game:
Records: 49ers (12-4-1), Falcons (14-3)
Game Time: 3 p.m. ET
Line: San Francisco -5
Super Bowl Odds: 49ers 2-1, Falcons 11-2
The top-seeded Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship Game as Matt Bryant's game-winning 49-yard field goal provided the winning points in Atlanta's 30-28 win against Seattle. Giants' fans remember Bryant as being the placekicker 10 years when the Giants lost to the 49ers 39-38 in the infamous Trey Junkin game. The Falcons, who have won eight of nine games at the Georgia Dome this season, will host the NFC Championship for the first time in club history.
San Francisco advanced to their second consecutive title game with a decisive 45-31 home victory against Green Bay, with quarterback Colin Kaepernick leading the 49ers to 579 total net yards, the fourth-most by any team in a playoff game in NFL history.
Kaepernick set the tone in the 49ers' 45-31 victory against Green Bay, accounting for four total touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) and 444 of San Francisco's 579 total yards. In addition to his 263 passing yards, Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards, the most ever by a quarterback in an NFL game, regular season and playoffs included.
"He's that new-style quarterback in the NFL that can run the read option, that can pull the ball down, run it and take it the distance from anywhere on the football field. Extremely strong-armed, accurate," says San Francisco safety Donte Whitner. "He's our quarterback, he's our leader and he did a great job out there today."
What are your early thoughts on this one, Giants' fans?