Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates with Anthony Dixon (24) and Justin Smith (94) in the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The 49ers defeated the Falcons 28-24. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Forty Niners mug Falcons, await foe in Super Bowl matchup


Navarro Bowman knocked away a 4th and 4 pass attempt from Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan to wide receiver Roddy White with 1:10 left in the game with the Falcons at the San Francisco 10 yard line to send his 49ers to Super Bowl 47.

Atlanta seized the momentum early in the game, taking a 17-0 lead in the 2nd quarter and led 24-14 at the half, but San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick mixed timely passes between Frank Gore power runs, scoring twice in the second half while the 49ers’ defense blanked the high octane Atlanta Falcons, resulting in a 28-24 win.

San Francisco now prepares for the winner of the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, the kickoff scheduled for just minutes from now.

A Patriots victory would force a rematch between the Patriots and 49ers, San Francisco winning a wild game in Foxboro just weeks ago, capitalizing on New England errors to build a 31-3 lead in the third quarter before the Patriots stormed back to tie the game at 31 before running out of gas, losing 41-34.

Up next, Ravens vs. Patriots from Gillette Stadium…

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