2013 NFC Championship: Vernon Davis Key For San Francisco 49ers Against Atlanta Falcons

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For the second-straight season, the San Francisco 49ers are on the verge of representing the NFC in this year’s Super Bowl and unlike last year–they hope to be heading to New Orleans in two weeks with a win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

All season, the 49ers have been a team known for their stellar defense, but the offense has taken their game to a whole new level over the last few weeks since Colin Kaepernick took over the starting role at quarterback for Alex Smith. Kaepernick is coming off a performance against the Green Bay Packers in which he set a playoff record for a quarterback with 181 rushing yards to go along with two touchdowns and even though his performance on the ground could end up being the difference maker, San Francisco will need a big game out of Vernon Davis if they’re going to have any chance of winning in Atlanta.

There’s no question Davis has what it takes to create mismatches for any defense and what he did last year against the New Orleans Saints (seven catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns) in the Divisional Round is the perfect example of what type of numbers he can put up on Sunday. The 49ers will need all of the help they can get in the passing game and if Kaepernick can manage to take advantage of his star pass-catching tight end on offense–expect San Francisco to advance to New Orleans and put behind what happened last year in the NFC Championship.

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