In the 1980s, the San Francisco 49ers ruled the kingdom. The gold rush west coast team won Super Bowls for forty percent of the decade. Led by a future Hall of Famer in Joe Montana, the 49ers had a multitude of weapons that could strike at any time. Now in 2013, the Niners look to repeat the past.
This afternoon, the Niners take on the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in the NFC Championship. With their new found gold mine in Colin Kaepernick, the red and gold have a new identity. A week ago, Kaepernick put up video game-type numbers against the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional playoff win.
The time is now for the Niners. While everyone seems to be talking about the Falcons and how so close they come every year, the 49ers need to sneak in to Atlanta and get back to the Super Bowl. To do this, the San Francisco defense, led by Patrick Willis must slow down Matt Ryan. The Niners need to go in to this game with a bend but don’t break philosophy on the defensive side of the ball. Ryan is playing comfortably at home and will be on top of his game.
If the Niners are smart, they would double up Falcons’ star receiver Julio Jones and make someone other than Jones beat them. I believe the tight ends will be a factor for both teams today. Savvy veteran Tony Gonzalez is a story in itself as he a has never appeared in the promise land. For the Niners, Kaepernick needs to pick apart the middle of the field with Vernon Davis.
This contest is the 49ers’ for the taking. By playing the same style of football they did in the 1980s, there is no reason why the Niners cannot add a sixth conference championship to their resumé. Who knows, maybe we will see “The Catch II” with Davis.
Ryan Ruiz – Rant Sports Writer
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