Not many teams can go on the road against the team with the best record in the NFL and steal a win. The San Francisco 49ers did just that as they came away victorious in a battle against the Atlanta Falcons.
There were many plays in this game that looked like tide-turners and momentum swings, but ultimately it was the 49ers who finished the game with all the momentum and a Super Bowl birth.
The 49ers, led by Colin Kaepernick, look to win their sixth Super Bowl and their first since 1994.
Many believe that they have the best team in football with a balanced offense and a great defense, making them a rare all-around team.
Although the 49ers’ defense let the Falcons gain an impressive 477 yards of total offense, it was the big plays and clutch moments that put San Francisco on top for good.
A big fourth-and-four late in the fourth quarter was the biggest play of the game. The Falcons were driving with under two minutes left and had the ball all the way down to the 49ers’ 10-yard line on fourth down. Matt Ryan stepped back in the pocket and fired an incomplete pass to Roddy White that was broken up by the stellar 49er defense, ultimately leading to a San Francisco win.
After a near-perfect first half by Ryan, the Falcons’ quarterback had just over 100 yards and an interception in the second half with no touchdowns, leading to an eventual Atlanta loss.
The big plays went the 49ers way in the second half as Kaepernick and Frank Gore did just enough to hold off the Falcons and outscore their opponents 14-0 in the second half.
The 49ers will likely be the underdog in the Super Bowl no matter who comes out on top in the AFC Championship Game.