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49ers punch ticket to New Orleans

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Well, the New Orleans airport workers won’t have a chance to egg the Falcons’ bus, after all.

For the second straight week, the Falcons blew a big lead.  Unlike last week against the Seahawks, they were unable to come back and win.

After the 49ers took their first lead of the game with 8:23 to play, the Falcons moved the ball in position to go ahead again, fueled by a decision on replay review to uphold a catch by receiver Harry Douglas, who could have scored if he hadn’t stumbled.  The ball appeared to both move and touch the ground, but it was determined to be a catch — prompting a full-body heave from coach Jim Harbaugh.

Still, the 49ers stiffened, stopping the Falcons on fourth and four with less than two minutes to play.  Along the way, quarterback Matt Ryan landed hard on his left arm after throwing a pass.  He was clearly bothered by an apparent injury to his shoulder/collarbone for the rest of the game.

The Falcons forced a punt, but Frank Gore gave the 49ers some breathing room and the Falcons simply didn’t have enough time to mount a scoring drive.  Ryan’s injury may have prevented him cranking up a deep pass to the end zone, which could prompt some to question whether a backup quarterback should have been used for the last play.

Regardless, the 49ers are going to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1994.  And Jim Harbaugh has finally finished the business that began the following year, when his Colts nearly beat the Steelers for a berth in Super Bowl XXX.

And there’s also a chance that Jim Harbaugh will be facing his big brother in the Big Easy, if the Ravens beat the Patriots.

Though we’re officially objective, the idea of two brothers squaring off in the Super Bowl is a storyline worth rooting for.

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  1. NOLA in Focus says: Jan 20, 2013 6:14 PM

    Wow, a 17 point lead… Atlanta Fans, I’m only going to say this once, as I feel like being a Good Samaritan today:

    If you encounter a Falcon in January and he’s sitting, ask him to stand.
    Place yourself slightly behind the Falcon.
    Place your arms around the Falcon’s waist.
    Make a fist with one hand and place your thumb toward the Falcon, just above his belly button.
    Grab your fist with your other hand.
    Deliver five squeeze-thrusts that RISE UP into the abdomen.
    Make each squeeze-thrust strong enough to dislodge a foreign body.
    If the Falcon is Matt Ryan, you may want to repeat.

    There, now you know what to do if you see any Falcons choking in January. So begins your Superbowl-less offseason like the rest of us. You have two more weeks until Sean Payton comes back. Savor it.

  2. jakec4 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:15 PM

    Halfway there. As long as the Ravens can take care of business we’ll have a Super Bowl for the ages. Darn right it’s a storyline worth rooting for. If they don’t it will be two weeks of the same old ‘Tom Terrific’ ad nauseam and replays of ‘Bill Belichick: A Football Life’ until you want to tear your eyeballs out.

  3. claymatthewshairplugs says: Jan 20, 2013 6:15 PM

    Neutral fan here, but I don’t wanna hear any complaining about the officiating. Falcon fans will say White got interfered but Douglas didn’t even make that catch. Either way Falcon fans don’t complain. You had a 17 pt lead and managed to choke it away again like last week. Matt Ryan simply comes up small when it comes to the postseason. Simple as that.

  4. ripster65 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:15 PM

    WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US? NO-BODY!!!

  5. vanmorrissey says: Jan 20, 2013 6:15 PM

    Don’t forget the fumble by Crabtree going into the endzone and the missed FG or else it might not have been as close. Regardless, a great game.

  6. tubad4ya says: Jan 20, 2013 6:15 PM

    The Falcons choked again. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

  7. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Bahahahahaaaaa, Atlanta!

    -Vikings fan. still bitter 13 years later.

  8. bucslose says: Jan 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Congrats 49ers. It should be concerning how little we heard of Justin Smith and the Dline today though. No matter who you face next week, but especially the Pats, your D is going to really have to play better.

    You only gave up 24 points today but you coulve easily given up more.

  9. hartcarluncarlun says: Jan 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Big time flag on that 4th and 4……couldn’t believe they didn’t call that!

  10. bobby927 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Hoping the Football Gods don’t make us endure a
    “Harbaugh the Whiner I” vs “Harbaugh the WhinerII” Super-bowl.

  11. jaccfrost says: Jan 20, 2013 6:17 PM

    Boy, it must really suck to be an Asphyxiate Falcon fan right now….at least y’all are regular season champs….Congratulations!!!

  12. dirtydrew says: Jan 20, 2013 6:18 PM

    The 49er Empire is back to it’s rightful place. Let the hate begin. BTW, that was a terrible replay call. The ball clearly was moving while contacting the ground. Big Easy here we come!

  13. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:18 PM

    Matty Choke and the Falcons deliver a predictable finish.

  14. kuppler says: Jan 20, 2013 6:18 PM

    Congrats to the 49ers, hope the SB is a good game. As a Falcons fan, I know we’ll be back next year.

  15. oraloki says: Jan 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    This is bad news for the AFC representative. I am not a niner fan, but that team looks great. Only worry with niners was if they can come back from a deficit. They showed today.

  16. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    Falcons just cant keep a lead. Get ready or next year cause big brother wont have his hand tied behind his back!!! wHoDaT!!!!!

  17. scoops1 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    hows that Julio Jones trade working out now??

  18. cheesewizz says: Jan 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    Epic ollapse on both DEF and OFF… ATL choked that game away big time. Niners aren’t the best, but they’re disciplined and wait for you to make mistaked then capitalize.

    ATL should be embarassed.

  19. tdk24 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    What a choke! Matty “crumbles like ice” Ryan does it again.

  20. righthereisay says: Jan 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    49ers were the best team on the field.

    The Falcons had a good offense, but I really think that having a dome stadium gave them a really big advantage these past 2 years. (I am anti-dome, if the Packers don’t need one, nobody should)

  21. ghjjf says: Jan 20, 2013 6:20 PM

    This just proves that the Falcons win last week was just a fluke!

  22. cali49er707 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:20 PM

    GREAT GAME ATLANTA but, NOW its time for FALCON fan feel what the 49ER FAITHFUL felt last year!!!!!

    WHO’s GOT IT BETTER THEN US???????

    NOBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. skinswillsurprise says: Jan 20, 2013 6:20 PM

    As a Skins fan, I am pulling for the niners. I am so tired of all you “smart” people saying only “drop-back” QBs win superbowls. HTTR!!

  24. luccabrazzi says: Jan 20, 2013 6:21 PM

    Congrats to the niners, you earned that. Colin K. is a real baller. Very impressive. See ya in a couple weeks.

  25. dragonfly99 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:22 PM

    Same old Falcons. They got lucky last week. Any team that can’t score one single point in the entire second half of a big game doesn’t deserve to go to the Super Bowl

  26. iamwhodat says: Jan 20, 2013 6:22 PM

    Why were there so many 49ers fans in the Georgia Dome? You mean to tell my you all couldn’t sell out a NFCCG… Atlanta has to be one of the worst fan bases in all of sports. Oh well see y’all next season in the Done choke artist… i mean Failcants.

  27. wwttww says: Jan 20, 2013 6:22 PM

    Loving the Nola hate. Y’all musta been in line for hours. Rather be dead in Atlanta than alive in Nola.

  28. niners816 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:22 PM

    As a Niners fan, let me say that Atlanta is a great team and that was a good game. Its a tough one to swallow, we felt that way last year. Great win by the Niners! As soon as you take Kaep out of the game, you have to worry about Gore and James. Its been a long time since 1994. Go Niners!

  29. inyourfaceholes says: Jan 20, 2013 6:23 PM

    I can’t wait to see Harbaugh’s temper tantrums in the Super Bowl. I love watching him jump up and down like a little girl when he doesn’t get his way.

  30. nflrule says: Jan 20, 2013 6:23 PM

    Tony Romo says that he cant help but feel that the Falcons loss was Ryans fault.

  31. phelbin says: Jan 20, 2013 6:23 PM

    What a great game! The first quarter was all Falcons. But The 49ers took over the rest of the game.

    Go Niners!!

  32. kuppler says: Jan 20, 2013 6:23 PM

    To the Saints fans though, we’re ok here in Atlanta. You see, we made the playoffs and we’ll be back next year. Savor THAT while you slide back into the NFL’s toilet from whence you came.

    I thank God daily that I don’t live in the sewer that is New Orleans. You’ll have the nations’s sympathy sooner or later when it rains real hard.

  33. dirtysouthironmen says: Jan 20, 2013 6:24 PM

    Harbaugh vs Harbaugh = 2 weeks of D-Baggery!

  34. lilrob10201 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:24 PM

    If you let the Seahawks and 49ers back into the game when you are up big you deserve to lose.You cannot go up by two touchdowns or more and just think your opponent will give up.

  35. clu1perceiver says: Jan 20, 2013 6:27 PM

    Terry Bradshaws awkward, uncomfortable presentation ceremony in the 49′ers locker room was painful to watch and listen to. All concerned seemed extremely self-conscious.

  36. nite2al says: Jan 20, 2013 6:27 PM

    Why is that if you get a 17 point, you are automatically supposed to win the game? There were 3 quarters left against a great SF team.

    You don’t always blow a lead, sometimes it just comes down to the adjustments made throughout a game by the other team to get back in it, and turnovers, etc.

  37. mrwright313 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:27 PM

    Like I said, that team is soft (outside of Juilo Jones, who’s probably the most physical WR since Micheal Irving).

    That being said, that offense is better than either of the two AFC contenders, so the 49ers defense giving up 24 points playing arguably it’s worst game of the year is heartening to me.

  38. annes22 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:28 PM

    Another choke job by Atlanta. No Super Bowl for them and just fire the coach finally. He should have gone last week, but they managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat, this week another lead and another
    blowup.

  39. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 20, 2013 6:28 PM

    The niners are great des

    Niners deserved to win, on the road, the crowd, came from behind,but no call on the last play was gutless… I hate the thought of a double hardouche Super Bowl…oh we’ll could be ..turn it off at half time…

  40. countduku says: Jan 20, 2013 6:29 PM

    Matt Ryan can from this point on be known as the qb that just can’t win the big game. The monkey is clinging to his back now.

  41. aljack88 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:29 PM

    jakec4 says:
    Jan 20, 2013 6:15 PM
    Halfway there. As long as the Ravens can take care of business we’ll have a Super Bowl for the ages. Darn right it’s a storyline worth rooting for. If they don’t it will be two weeks of the same old ‘Tom Terrific’ ad nauseam and replays of ‘Bill Belichick: A Football Life’ until you want to tear your eyeballs out.
    ——————————————————
    So you want to hear the “all about Ray” show for the next 2 weeks?

    How often will we hear the names of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar during this time? Not once.

  42. dt58 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    Neutral fan. Great game. Really hope that Tony G comes back for one more year

  43. bigbluebruiser says: Jan 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    Wonder how Brandon Jacobs is feeling right about now?

  44. raiderrob21 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:30 PM

    Congrats to my Bay Area Brothas. Matt Ryan choked that game away. Tony Romo Jr. You should win #6 as long as the Ravens win. Otherwise, I hate to say it, Pats will win.

  45. charliedamon says: Jan 20, 2013 6:31 PM

    Booooooo! If Atl didn’t have to sell out on that stupid read option, Niners go home…and yeah, if “if’s” were spliffs, we’d all be high..

  46. daknight93 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:31 PM

    Congrats to 49ers…welcome to New Orleans!

    Falcon fans: Great game, but scoring 0 pts in the 2nd half is embarrassing after blowing a 17-0 lead and up 24-14 by halftime..learn how to play 4 quarters of football and not just 2 quarters.

    Signed
    Saints fan!

  47. oldbrowndawg says: Jan 20, 2013 6:31 PM

    A storyline worth rooting for? That’s what’s wrong with the NFL today and the media covering it. How ’bout having the two best teams compete for the Lombardi without all the sob stories and “storylines?” Come on, dudes! This is football!

  48. 8man says: Jan 20, 2013 6:34 PM

    To Ravens fans rooting for your silly Har-Bowl, this league is not about family reunions. And it’s rare, very rare that both teams hosting championship games lose.

    Niner fan, don’t count it yet. The clock always catches up with Cinderella. The Football Gods always make it so.

  49. chawk12thman says: Jan 20, 2013 6:35 PM

    Congrats to SF. NFC WEST will be represented well in the SB. Good luck, whomever you meet.

  50. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:37 PM

    Fraud Falcons choked like the entire world knew they would; including their fans.

    Now Ravens please win tonight and the Super Bowl, since I only know 2-3 Ravens fans and can tolerate them keeping the seat warm until we go win the Super Bowl on our home field next year.

  51. shlort says: Jan 20, 2013 6:38 PM

    The Falcons got jobbed. I’m not a fan of either team, but the officials sure seemed to direct that game to get a result. I could care less about fumbles or missed field goals. The reality is that the officials made some calls at a set time and place in the game. 3rd and long, incomplete pass? Flag for a phantom blow to the head call. Game on the line? 4th and short? LB draped all over a reciever like a cheap suit and no flag on the play. Oh well. If I were the Falcons, i’d be livid. It isnt bad enough the blew a 17-0 comfort lead, the officials kept them from ultimately winning the game.

  52. msclemons67 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:39 PM

    Congratulations to the Falcons and their fans. That was a hard fought game that came down to the last second after all of the pundits predicted a 49ers blowout.

    The Falcons played hard until the final whistle – you have to respect that.

  53. jjljr says: Jan 20, 2013 6:39 PM

    ease up on MR folks … he played a heckuva game, really only made one mistake … averaged over 10 yards/attempt, and consistently made correct decisions all game. ATL lost this game on defense, not on offense.

  54. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    thatt was a nail biter game. mvp can got either kaep , vernon or gore. great game atl fans. much respect to the falcons. thought we were gonna lose there at the end.

  55. kiefs85 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    Terrible non call—-so do you instruct your guys to mug the receiver at the end of a playoff game? Are they afraid to call it? That was obvious pass interference. Please someone convince me otherwise. A fan of neither team by the way.

  56. lightcleric says: Jan 20, 2013 6:41 PM

    Attention Falcons fans who were running their mouths when it was 17-0 and said the game was over: the game is now indeed over.

  57. fuglyflorio says: Jan 20, 2013 6:41 PM

    Falcons … Worst playoff team in NFL history. Choke-o-Rama … As expected.

  58. giants56 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:42 PM

    Congratulations to the 49ers on winning the NFC Championship. Beat the AFC!

  59. photoguy13 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:42 PM

    Bowman sure must have felt relieved when he didn’t get called on his 4th down pass interference. Even though the Falcons may not have been able to punch it in to the end zone after the penalty, it would have been nice to have seen the officials get it right. Game changing non call.

  60. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:42 PM

    Where’s that smarmy DET troll who can keep his trap shut about the NFC Champs? Hiding in his decrepit hole? Good, run back to your rightful spot in the basement of the NFC North.

  61. superputman says: Jan 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    “Okay guys, we got 6 seconds left… lets go over the middle… then run up and spike the ball…” …….? At least they could have thrown up a hail Mary into or near the end zone. lol

  62. renofnriggs says: Jan 20, 2013 6:46 PM

    Kap is for real. Been saying it since he took over the job. The kid makes plays not manages the game. Ready for the N.O.

  63. beerndrums says: Jan 20, 2013 6:56 PM

    The Patriots are gonna lose another SB
    Can’t wait to see that

  64. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:56 PM

    msclemons67 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:39 PM

    The Falcons played hard until the final whistle – you have to respect that.

    —————-

    No I don’t, nor do I respect choke artists in any sport and any level. Especially perennial chokers like Atlanta.

  65. ojordonez says: Jan 20, 2013 7:00 PM

    kiefs85 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    Terrible non call—-so do you instruct your guys to mug the receiver at the end of a playoff game? Are they afraid to call it? That was obvious pass interference. Please someone convince me otherwise. A fan of neither team by the way.
    —————————————————————-
    PI is called when you interfere when the ball was in the air. Bowman jammed White but it was at the 5 yard mark which is legal for contact and White didn’t break away before the ball was thrown. Bowman swiped at the ball, good non call. Game over.

  66. hor2012 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:01 PM

    I’m a Saints but I’ve got to admitt. this doesn’t feel as gone as I thought it would. So, I’m not going to pile on. I mean what’s the point. But, what I will say is Falcons this team they way it’s built now will never get to the superbowl. Saints fans will understand what I’m about to say. The falcons remind me of Jim Mora SR Saints. They would roll through the regular season but could never get it done in the playoffs. Eventually the team was broken up and Jim Mora never got them back to the playoffs again. So, I’m not trying to talk smack when I say. This was this current roster’s best chance to win the Superbowl. It’s going to go down hill real fast from here.

  67. taintedlombardis says: Jan 20, 2013 7:02 PM

    Ref was scared to throw that flag…clearly PI…clearly another tainted Lombardi.

  68. hap15 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:02 PM

    Officiating in the NFL is a joke and if the refs are not going to correct horrible calls with replay, do away with it. MLB is still in the 70′s by refusing to use replay, but the NFL has it and doesn’t overturn obvious poor calls. No way Harry Douglas mad that catch, no matter how much we have to watch Mike Pereira defend his buddies.

  69. goldrush36 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:03 PM

    kiefs85 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    Terrible non call—-so do you instruct your guys to mug the receiver at the end of a playoff game? Are they afraid to call it? That was obvious pass interference. Please someone convince me otherwise. A fan of neither team by the way.
    _______________________________________
    So with Bowman already in place and the play within 5 yds you expect White to engage him then be fully allowed to run into him and push off for a catch? Bowman was already in place. White originally ran into him and Bowman then made a legal defensible play.. White was short of the marker anyway. Get over it crybabies. Point still wont change that Douglas never made the catch that kept that drive alive anyway so maybe we should be the ones repeatedly crying foul

  70. poiuyt7 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:09 PM

    Just out of curiosity, who gave Matt Ryan the nickname, “Matty Ice”?

  71. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:10 PM

    with kaep i never thought the game was over when it was 0-17. if alex smith was qb, game would be over.

  72. goodellsadouche says: Jan 20, 2013 7:13 PM

    So glad those rude, disrespectful, inbred, smelly, filty, classless, arrogant, self-intitled, obnoxious, dirty birds won’t be in my city!! Go AFC

  73. purpblooded says: Jan 20, 2013 7:14 PM

    Did ya see Lewis making faces and hamming it up for the camera during the National Anthum. I just want him to retire and never be heard from again.

  74. pemory says: Jan 20, 2013 7:15 PM

    Birds blew it. Outgained ‘em by more than 100 yards and hurt themselves with turnovers and not finishing in the 2nd half. Still, great comeback by the Niners–they deserved the win.

  75. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 20, 2013 7:19 PM

    tubad4ya says:
    Jan 20, 2013 6:15 PM
    The Falcons choked again. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

    ——
    Or in this case, always the birdsmaid.

  76. goldrush36 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:24 PM

    chawk12thman says: Jan 20, 2013 6:35 PM

    Congrats to SF. NFC WEST will be represented well in the SB. Good luck, whomever you meet.
    ________________________________________
    Wow hats off to you.. and I won’t lie as irritating as some of your brethren can be I was hoping for an all NFCW championship

  77. hpeters77 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:24 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Falcons are changing their mascot to Angry Bird, more news at 9

  78. calicokiller49 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:27 PM

    Surprised I don’t see any Seahawks fans on here talkin about that 1 time they beat us, and how much better they are, than us. And what a great secondary they have.

  79. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Jan 20, 2013 7:28 PM

    what do you mean that they won’t fire Mike Smith?

  80. calhounlambeau says: Jan 20, 2013 7:28 PM

    I’ve been saying for yeard, “Matty Ice?” No, “Matty Melt”.

  81. pemory says: Jan 20, 2013 7:37 PM

    C’mon, can’t really blame MR for this one. He threw for 396 yards. Falcons need to toughen-up on D.

  82. eyeh8goodell says: Jan 20, 2013 7:39 PM

    PI is called when you interfere when the ball was in the air. Bowman jammed White but it was at the 5 yard mark which is legal for contact and White didn’t break away before the ball was thrown. Bowman swiped at the ball, good non call. Game over.
    ——————

    No, that was beyond 5 yards and it was defensive holding. Horrible non-call. And no, i’m not a Falcons fan.

  83. ibleedredgold says: Jan 20, 2013 7:40 PM

    Yeah baby loving it! Especially when Falcons fans were already punching their tickets to the Superbowl after the 1st qtr lmfao….. Cya Dirtyturds have fun watching the NFC CHAMPS and clearly better team play in the Big game hahaha!!!

  84. mrlaloosh says: Jan 20, 2013 7:44 PM

    Did the Falcons lose? I’m shocked, I tell you, SHOCKED! That’s never happened before. Unbelievable.
    At least those flat faced trailer trash Falcons fans won’t be exposed to national TV. Nobody needs to see that

  85. goldrush36 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:46 PM

    On the bright side a whole lot of PB slots just opened up. On the not so bright side… not many people watch it anymore…

  86. eatlessveggies says: Jan 20, 2013 7:52 PM

    Matt Ryan actually played a good game with 317 pass yards. All of the receivers, especially Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez did well.
    The running was terrible though and I wonder if that’s what caused Atlanta to lose with 50 yards total rushing between Rogers and Turner.

  87. goldrush36 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:55 PM

    eyeh8goodell says: Jan 20, 2013 7:39 PM

    PI is called when you interfere when the ball was in the air. Bowman jammed White but it was at the 5 yard mark which is legal for contact and White didn’t break away before the ball was thrown. Bowman swiped at the ball, good non call. Game over.
    ——————

    No, that was beyond 5 yards and it was defensive holding. Horrible non-call. And no, i’m not a Falcons fan.
    ____________________________________
    Umm it was 4th and FOUR. The play was underneath the 1st down marker so please explain how it was beyond 5 yds….

  88. johnster67 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:56 PM

    Two seasons after a real GM in SanFran hired a real coach, the 9ers are going to the superbowl. I hope Jerky Jones makes a note of this. Dallas deserves better than his stupidity.

  89. steviep23 says: Jan 20, 2013 7:58 PM

    LOS inside the 10 Roddy White never crossed the 5. Easy no call. Wasn’t even that much contact.

  90. 7ftgriff says: Jan 20, 2013 8:05 PM

    as a 49er fan I’m extremely happy right now.

    Atlanta fans, don’t hang your heads you have an excellent squad and played a tremendous game and season.

  91. joe400e says: Jan 20, 2013 8:08 PM

    Great game! Niner fans know exactly how the Falcons fans feel right now. A couple of changes and ATL will take the next step. Good luck and see you next year.

  92. ajec80 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:08 PM

    Not gonna get too bent out of shape over the non-PI call at the end. I’d consider that evening out the bad call on the Douglas catch that wasn’t really a catch.

    To me, the game was lost by Ryan on the fumbled snap. SF scored a TD on the subsequent possession and never relinquished the lead or the momentum. Keep your eye on the freakin’ ball, Matty.

  93. jeffshana says: Jan 20, 2013 8:11 PM

    I hope Asante Samuel enjoys his humble pie!

  94. rap49er says: Jan 20, 2013 8:14 PM

    Seemingly meaningless third quarter time out by Atlanta was huge at the end of the game. When will the coaches realize that a delay of game five yard penalty is so much better than wasting a time out!!!!!

  95. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:16 PM

    Matthew Melt.

  96. 49erstim says: Jan 20, 2013 8:17 PM

    Kaep-tain Komeback!

    Great game by ATL, but there can be only 1 winner. I wish Gonzo nothing but the best in his second career which I hope has him on TV somewhere and I look forward to his speech in 5 years as he is inducted into Canton. As a 9er fan who was in the same spot last year I wish you Falcon fans well. Rest up. Gear up and get ready. I think we’ve seen the resurgence of the NFC and if you can replace your TE then I see you in the playoffs next year. Good luck.

  97. thegaterecords says: Jan 20, 2013 8:20 PM

    Let me remind you, the 49ers are the only UNDEFEATED team in multiple Superbowl appearances.

  98. kiefs85 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:20 PM

    Obvious call was missed—just admit it already! I’m not a Falcons fan. The receiver was mugged. Are you allowed to tackle the running back on a screen pass before the ball gets there? If I’m missing a rule let me know.

  99. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:27 PM

    thegaterecords says: Jan 20, 2013 8:20 PM

    Let me remind you, the 49ers are the only UNDEFEATED team in multiple Superbowl appearances.
    ———-

    Until this year.

  100. eastcoastniner says: Jan 20, 2013 8:33 PM

    I love how everyone is up in arms about the 4th down play. It was questionable at worst but I think it was fine. Falcons receivers were throwing around our smaller DB’s all game, couldnt do the same to our LB….the refs were letting them play physical all game so get over it.

    On top of all that, the catch that got them there clearly hit the ground on replay so if anyone should be upset about getting hosed by refs it’s Niners.

  101. cometkazie says: Jan 20, 2013 8:33 PM

    Joining the Vikings and the Bills as choke artists, but at least the latter made it to the Super Bowl ten times between them.

  102. eatlessveggies says: Jan 20, 2013 8:36 PM

    Matt Ryan threw for 396 yards. I wouldn’t call that a choke artist. However, Atlanta’s running was horrible.

  103. granadafan says: Jan 20, 2013 8:39 PM

    Great comeback by the Niners. It’s clear they wanted this game more and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I feel bad for Tony Gonzalez though who has been a class act throughout his career and redefined the position.

  104. calicokiller49 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:45 PM

    There’s missed p.I. calls in every game. They were letting them play. Don’t forget about the botched review, where Douglas clearly didn’t come down with it. If you gotta ble it on the refs, you are clearly stretching it, I thought the game was over in the 1st, the falcons blew it, quit bitching, and blame the team, I was fully prepared to start blaming David akers.

  105. ripster65 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:55 PM

    HA! There goes half the starting Pro-Bowl defense.

  106. ripster65 says: Jan 20, 2013 8:55 PM

    NFC that is…

  107. eastcoastniner says: Jan 20, 2013 9:06 PM

    Anyone see Asante Samuel taunting Akers after the miss? Tough guy talking smack to an aging kicker.

  108. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:27 PM

    eastcoastniner says: Jan 20, 2013 9:06 PM

    Anyone see Asante Samuel taunting Akers after the miss? Tough guy talking smack to an aging kicker.
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    Yeah, I saw it, and that was pretty hilarious considering how he and Shoddy White were whining about Dick Sherman last week for doing the same thing (and actually backing it up with his play).

  109. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:18 PM

    Ravens will win the Super Bowl as I said.

  110. whitetrashking says: Jan 20, 2013 11:21 PM

    so can we please stop with all those stupid nicknames for a qb with one playoff win……Matt Ryan just fell into Tony Romos catagory

  111. beastmode5150 says: Jan 20, 2013 11:39 PM

    And yet another niners fan stabs someone at the game. What a cesspool the Bay Area is.

  112. chetbrooks31 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:26 AM

    For all the morons who keep saying that the contact was after five yards, watch the play again. It was fourth and four and the play was short of the first down. Thumbs down if the math is too difficult for you.

  113. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:32 AM

    rap49er says: Jan 20, 2013 8:14 PM

    Seemingly meaningless third quarter time out by Atlanta was huge at the end of the game. When will the coaches realize that a delay of game five yard penalty is so much better than wasting a time out!!!!!

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    I said it during a game thread that I was hosting at the time that they called it, and it indeed came to fruition in that scenario when they needed it most.

  114. gopackgo520 says: Jan 21, 2013 1:30 AM

    Anyone complaining about the officials needs to learn more about the rules of the NFL. Any contact to the QB’s head is a personal foul… And the “non” pass interference on the 4th and 4… A defender can make contact within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage on the receiver… Not saying both rules are good ones but for god sakes would you people learn the rules before complaining about it….

  115. kev86 says: Jan 21, 2013 8:55 AM

    Picture yourself a Falcons fan and ask yourself if that was pass interference? Niners were fortunate no flag was thrown.

  116. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 21, 2013 9:14 AM

    Wow. Mr. Wright really needs to get a life. So much hate for teams that flat out destroyed his squad this year. That won’t change next year, as the Giants are going to be 3rd or 4th in their division for several years.

  117. eastcoastniner says: Jan 21, 2013 11:13 AM

    beastmode5150 says: Jan 20, 2013 11:39 PM

    And yet another niners fan stabs someone at the game. What a cesspool the Bay Area is.

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    From what I’ve read witnesses said that the Falcons fan was verbally berating the Niner fan then got physical with him resulting in the Niner fan pulling out knife and stabbing him in self-defense.

    Now the fan should not have run away, but you might want to chill with insults seeing that…

    A. It probably was self-defense
    B. The game was played in Georgia and who knows where the fan was from.

    Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

  118. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 21, 2013 1:11 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: Jan 21, 2013 9:14 AM

    Wow. Mr. Wright really needs to get a life. So much hate for teams that flat out destroyed his squad this year. That won’t change next year, as the Giants are going to be 3rd or 4th in their division for several years.
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    Welcome to Eagles Fandom 101. Today’s lesson: gloating about regular season wins that no one but your own fanbase cares about.

  119. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 21, 2013 1:31 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: Jan 21, 2013 9:14 AM

    Wow. Mr. Wright really needs to get a life. So much hate for teams that flat out destroyed his squad this year. That won’t change next year, as the Giants are going to be 3rd or 4th in their division for several years.
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    24-2. You know, a game that actually matters beyond the scope of the Giants and Falcons’ fanbases. No one will even remember nor care about 34-0 (when the Giants were clearly not even playing football anymore that week or the following) even two years from now.

    But you Falcons fans.

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