The 49ers are headed back to the Super Bowl. And they did it in style.
Sunday’s 28-24 road comeback in Atlanta to win the NFC Championship was an instant classic that left 49ers Faithful breathless. In the end, a second half shutout by the defense and an impressive group effort by the offense was enough to overcome an early 17-0 deficit in the hostile Georgia Dome.
San Francisco is undefeated in its previous five Super Bowl appearances, and returns to the World Championship for the first time since defeating the Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX following the 1994 season.
Super Bowl XLVII, which will be held in New Orleans on Feb. 3. By now, you may have heard about the two coaches who will be coaching the 49ers and Ravens in two weeks: Jim and John Harbaugh. Peter King of Sports Illustrated took a look ahead to the second edition of the HarBowl after a thrilling Championship Sunday in Atlanta and Foxboro.
“The Niners are back,” King wrote. “Hard to believe it’s been 18 years since Steve Young threw six touchdown passes to shred the Chargers, then mimed having a monkey on his back while begging Harris Barton to rip it off, only to throw up a Gatorade/cookie mix all over agent Leigh Steinberg’s shoes in the postgame. Aaah, those were the days. But San Francisco’s finally in the Big One again, to try to stretch its 5-0 record in Super Bowls.”
The rest of today’s NFC Title Game Tailgate recaps the big win in Atlanta and looks ahead to New Orleans.
Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports wrote that the 49ers learned from their NFC Championship run in 2011.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com discussed the 49ers’ attitude of unfinished business following the win in Atlanta.
Sports Illustrated put together a photo gallery of the Harbaugh brothers as children.
NFL.com shared this video of John Harbaugh congratulating Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers beat the Falcons.
NFL.com also made a highlight video of Championship Weekend’s best moments.
Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group took a historical perspective of the 49ers season so far.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle recapped the exciting win for the 49ers in Atlanta.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee commented on the magnitude of the 49ers win.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com wrote that the 49ers were rewarded for their patience as the franchise returns to game’s biggest stage.
Can Inman of the Bay Area News Group is calling Super Bowl XLVII, HarBowl II.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated noted the rich franchise history of the 49ers.
Sam Borden of the New York Times wrote about the second-half 49ers rally.
Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group looked at Kaepernick’s ability to lead the 49ers.
Jeff Darlington of NFL.com discussed the resolve shown by the 49ers in the face of adversity.
Jen Floyd Engel of FoxSports.com shared reaction from NaVorro Bowman after the game.
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com passed along comments from offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle examined the dynamic of the Harbaughs facing each other.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com spotlighted all things non-HarBowl in his latest column.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times gave his take on the 49ers win in Atlanta.
Greg Bishop of the New York Times focused on the effective 49ers rushing attack.
Daniel Brown of the Bay Area News Group spotlighted Frank Gore’s two-touchdown day.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com said Harbaugh’s decision to go with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback has been validated.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today noted Harbaugh’s intensity on the sidelines.
Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com listed intriguing storylines going into the HarBowl.
NFL.com shared a photo gallery of Super Bowl rings throughout the years.
Jim Reineking of NFL.com made a photo essay of Championship Weekend.
Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle discussed Kaepernick’s calm demeanor.
Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today focused on the 49ers defense.
Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group also discussed the 49ers defense.
Kent Babb of the Washington Post recapped the thrilling NFC Championship.
Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee wrote that Kaepernick showed maturity beyond his years.
Al Saracevic of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Frank Gore’s career.
Farmer gave his take on Championship Weekend.
Maiocco noted the relationship between Justin Smith and Kaepernick.
Garafolo passed along comments from Bowman, who said he knew the fourth-down pass was coming in the last minute drive.
Sando listed five storylines to take note of going into the Super Bowl.
Ratto analyzed the upcoming matchup between the Harbaugh brothers.
Inman shared a transcript of 49ers CEO Jed York following the game.
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