San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons: Three Bold Predictions
The San Francisco 49ers travel across the country this week to face the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome for the NFC Championship and a trip to the Super Bowl.
Both teams are coming off big wins in the Divisional Round against the Packers and Seahawks.
For the Niners, this is their second consecutive trip to the NFC Championship and they are hoping that this year will be different than last year when they lost to the NY Giants.
The Falcons are coming off their first playoff victory under the Mike Smith & Matt Ryan regime. A win in which they blew a 20-point lead and needed a last minute field goal to win.
Needless to say, this is a big game for both teams. And with that being said, here are my three bold predictions for the NFC Championship game.
No. 1. Colin Kaepernick will not repeat his record-breaking performance against the Packers in the Divisional Round. Even though I do believe he will have a good game passing the ball, I do not believe he will run as freely as he did last week.
The Falcons have had five games this year against running quarterbacks. And in those games, the Falcons are 4-1. Also, in those five games, only one quarterback ran for over 100 yards and that was Cam Newton in the game the Falcons lost.
No. 2. Falcons' D will hold Frank Gore to under 100 yards. The Falcons' rush defense showed up last week holding Marshawn Lynch to 46 yards. It seems that when it matters most, the Falcons' run defense decides to show up. If they can show up this week, then the Falcons' chances for victory will increase substantially.
No. 3. Vernon Davis will have a big game. Ever since Kaepernick took over as quarterback for the Niners, Vernon Davis has seen less and less targets. I believe this will change in this game. With Michael Crabtree obtaining most of the attention from the defense, Davis should have plenty of room to get open if Kaepernick decides to throw his way.
With all this being mentioned, I also believe that the Falcons will win despite a big game passing from Colin Kaepernick. Final Score 27-24 with the Falcons moving on to the Super Bowl.