The San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons yesterday to win the NFC Championship and earn a trip to Super Bowl XLVII. Despite the eventual loss, the Falcons maintained a commanding lead throughout most of the first half, with seventeen unanswered points by the beginning of the second quarter. The Falcons 17-point lead that the 49ers eventually erased was the biggest point deficit ever overcome in an NFC Championship Game. Ironically, the previous comeback record was held by the Atlanta Falcons, when they overcame a 13-point deficit against the Vikings in the 1999 NFC Championship game. After Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to WR Julio Jones early in the second quarter, the 49ers finally responded with their own score when RB LaMichael James finished an 80-yard drive with a 15-yard run into the Falcons endzone. Niners TE Vernon Davis caught a short 4-yard pass from QB Colin Kaepernick with less than two minutes left in the first half to bring the 49ers within three points of the Falcons at 17-14. However, less than two minutes was enough time for Falcons QB Matt Ryan to finish off a 7-play, 80-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to TE Tony Gonzalez, which gave the Falcons a 24-14 lead over the 49ers at the halftime break. Get your headstart on the next season of 49ers football action with a San Francisco 49ers SBL from PSL Source, the trusted fan-to-fan marketplace for San Francisco 49ers NFL seat licenses.
After falling behind in the first half, an improved San Francisco defense and a missed field goal attempt from Falcons kicker David Akers kept Atlanta scoreless throughout the second half. Akers' 38-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter hit the left upright, which kept their lead over the 49ers at three points. A 33-yard run in the fourth quarter from 49ers WR Michael Crabtree soon brought San Francisco close to the Falcons endzone, but Falcons CB Dunta Robinson manageed to strip Crabtree of the ball on the next play, returning possession to Atlanta on their own 1-yard line. The Falcons however, were unable to build on this momentum and Niners RB Frank Gore soon gave San Francisco a 28-24 lead with a 9-yard touchdown run. A final Falcons scoring attempt fell apart after Matt Ryan threw an incomplete pass to WR Roddy White. After the 49ers used their possession to run down the clock, the Falcons got the ball back with only thirteen seconds left on the clock. It wasn't enough time for a final Falcons comeback however, as the 49ers maintained their lead and clinched the NFC title. The 49ers will face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, February 3rd in the Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Find the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII tickets you've been looking for at Maxim Tickets, the secure resale ticket marketplace. Maxim Tickets also features Niners parking passes for all 49ers games so you can get quick and convenient access to the Superdome on Super Bowl Sunday.