The Atlanta Falcons steamrolled the NFC the entire season as the club posted 13 wins for just the second time in 14 seasons. All year long the Falcons were called the NFL‘s most overrated becuase while they were winning they weren’t winning by a high enough margin. In my mind, Matt Ryan and head coach Mike Smith got a taste of playoff success last weekend and are not about to relinguish it anytime soon.
Now, the San Francisco 49ers pose quite the challange as Colin Kaepernick has taken the NFL by storm with his 444 total yards against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional round. Kaepernick may have the legs however, I believe the road crowd will be just to much for a second year player who is making his second playoff start.
If I’m a 49ers fan I’m looking for coach Jim Harbaugh to bash an Falcons defense that Cam Newton sliced the twice in the 2012 season. The Carolina Panthers Quarterback rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns versus a Falcon defense that left much to be desired.
Atlanta’s run defense may be statisticly low however, their effort to contain the Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch last week was honorable as he came in red hot and was shut down for three quarters. However it will take a four quarter effort versus the 49ers as they are a different animal than the Seahawks wihtout a doubt.
In my mind, “Matty ice” wiil earn his nickname and have an opportunity to add the most important piece of ice–a Super Bowl ring.
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