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    NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons
    By: John Morgan

    Even after last week's win few are giving the Falcons much of a chance. If Atlanta could beat Seattle at home, then why can't they knock off the 49ers as well?...

     
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    I'm surprised at the overwhelming consensus for a Niners victory. While I think the 49ers are an overall better team, I'd be inclined to call this a toss up. Factors:

    -Matt Ryan's Falcons have been almost as good as Tom Brady's Patriots at home during the last five years. Although you can say they're 1-2 in the playoffs, I'd counter: tiny sample size.

    -If you look at the 49ers away stats this year, it shows an entirely different team. They were actually outscored in their eight road games. We remember the great game they brought to Foxborough, but that wasn't the norm.

    -The Niners have also yet to win three consecutive games all season. They've gone W-W-L (or W-W-T) all year. I'm not betting on a trend off W-W-L, but I'm illustrating that this team is not very consistent and seems unable to string a lot of solid games together. It shouldn't be surprising if we don't see the powerhouse we saw last week.

    -I realize that I'm harping on the home/road factor, but I think it's importance is understated. For a second year quarterback, playing great at home is quite different than going to a hostile environment and doing the same. Kaepernick will have to deal with crowd noise, home momentum, and a lot more pressure in the Georgia Dome.
     
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    My Sunday internal clock is off with the first game kicking off two hours later than usual.
     
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    NFCCG Game Thread

    Anyone going to start one of these? It's kickoff time.
     
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    Re: NFCCG Game Thread

    The Ravens Pep Rally on NFLN is over -- time to play!
     
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    I think this is it! Thx, Mayo.
     
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    Re: NFCCG Game Thread

    You can merge this if you want, JMT. The other thread was a Patsfans article, so I didn't use it.

    Falcons come out throwing and move the chains.
     
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    Re: NFCCG Game Thread

    Nice catch by Roddy White going up high. Falcons moving. Nice.
     
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    I don't really like either of these teams, so I'll just root for a classic here :eat3:
     
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    ATL fans not happy about the DB draping across the receiver.

    Nice catch by White.
     
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    Holy Open Receiver, Batman!
     
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    That devastating SF defense has shredded Atlanta on the opening drive ... not.

    That looked easy.
     
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    nice pass by ryan!
     
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    Wow. Nice.
     
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    Nice opening drive by Atlanta.
     
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    Wow, impressive drive, great TD.
     
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    ATL coming out swinging. Gholdson got smoked there for a TD. A receiver like White is all this offense is missing.
     
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    Nice throw and catch...
     
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    Time to give Matty Ice some credit. He's legit.
     
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    If the 49ers are going to use those matchups on defense all game, they'd better get a lot more pressure than they're getting, or their defense will be suffering a beat down.
     
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