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NFC Title Game Tailgate: Jan. 21

Posted by Alex Espinoza on January 21, 2013 – 3:08 PM

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.

Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, Barrows, Branch and Killion, Maiocco and Sando discussed Vernon Davis’ impact.

Branch shared comments from Aldon Smith after the game.

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.



Who’s got it better than us?

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36 Responses to “NFC Title Game Tailgate: Jan. 21”

  1. By tanglung on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply


  2. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply


  3. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply


  4. By tanglung on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I can’t view any of the video’s on this 49ERS home page. Is anyone else having this problem?

  5. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply


  6. By tanglung on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you for the info 49erdefense2012. Might be this darn ATT internet.

  7. By ace on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    also mcafee anti virus is having some kinda nation wide problem if you have mcafee can it

  8. By tanglung on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you ace. I use Norton 360.

  9. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    I cant believe there are still people saying that alex smith should still be the qb,,unreal,,kaepernick just cant do enough,,,geez,,jan 18 tailgate is hilarious, some people just cant let it go, like alex had anything to do with us winning anythning since kap started the bears game, alex kept us above water untill coach made the switch,,but for these yahoo’s to say alex should get just as much creadit as C-KAP for our teams playoffs sucess is beyond stupid, its ignorant. they have let their own personal feelings regarding to the benching of alex, it has clouded any kind of thinking on a common sense level. THE PLAY-OFFS BELONG TO C-KAP,,,period, AT MOST, the best thing alex did since the switch was be a good team-mate,not complain, and root his team-mates on and be a good sideline cheerleader. yes, thank you for what you did alex,, albeit it was in small amount,,LIKE ONE GOOD F,U,C,K,I,N,G SEASON,,,,and these morons what to make it seem like alex smith was a great qb for his whole tenure with the 49ers….for some unknown,unrealisitc reason,,,they just cant let it go,,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,PLEASE,,,STOP WITH THE ALEX TALK,,,ITS SUPER,,,ITS C-KAPP,,ITS OUR DEFENSE,,,,,IF YOU CANT LET IT GO,,,THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULD GO,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,

  10. By Michael on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    your right the website only loads the 1st vid in the rotation but doesnt reload or move down the video reel and auto load the next one

  11. By ace on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    anybody think alex would have won the last 2 games to get us where we are ? i dont sorry kaep brings so much, and i love alex glad he says hes happy,im happy 2, go get some SUPER BOWL RINGS , NINERS IN THE THE SUPER BOWL BABY !!!

  12. By tanglung on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    Super Bowl 9ERS, Super Bowl………..Has a nice RING (#6) to it if I may say so myself. Go 49ERS.

  13. By Hermie on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    THIS JUST IN!!! Harbaugh is keeping Akers…It is said he reads this blog and because Phatal, Temper, Ogre and 9erdog think it would be unethical and machiavellian…He is not, I repeat NOT replacing Akers. Now Jim will be able to rest with himself!!! Thank Goodness!! LOL

  14. By av8nut on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    What’s the difference between a dollar bill and the Atlanta Falcons? You can get 4 quarters out of a dollar bill.

  15. By av8nut on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    If Coach says David is the kicker, then David is the kicker. I won’t question Coach’s decisions, especially after what he did with his QB decision.

  16. By mfkram64 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    hey how come blahblahblah has to wait to come back with a post..ummm maybe the stats arn’t out yet to compare qb’s lol…what a joke and temper11 the same…i love that post coach will keep akers cuz he feels bad for him doesn’t want to hurt his feelings…hey blahblah kap stayed in the pocket sunday how’d he make out? he won AGAIN! ooo by the way nolan should be fired too. cuz he couldn’t stop the niner offense like green bay..remember fire capers quote..u r a JOKE!!!

  17. By mfkram64 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    what is that quote?”qb who played the game played better than the qb who wasn’t given the opportunity” WHAT? halex hasn’t played in 9 weeks..get over it…think about what you r saying…i could see if kap. wasn’t playing at a high level or was losing..but he is playing at a high level and o by the way WINNING! so your arugment is old! like 49erdef. said it’s like u guys temper11 and u r waiting for the niners to well i won’t say the word but it’s like saying i told u so…agin i say he ran and domated the packers game he calmed down in the falcon game and stayed in the pocket and controlled the game and the niners WON! on to the SUPER BOWL!

  18. By danouch9ers on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    couldnt agree more…. i personally love alex and am grateful for his last 25 games or so as our starter. but the belief that Kaep brings to this team is what was missing before he came in. im sure every die-hard 9ers fan like me was thinking the same thing as me when it was 17-0…..if we had alex in this game is over, but with kaep im not even nervous yet. and that point is inarguable. GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. By tanglung on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    49ERS San Francisco 49ERS…….I’m so HAPPY…… :-}

  20. By bow53 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    SUPERBOWL BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. By tanglung on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Oh no, No 49ERS in the Probowl. So sad….NOT…….SUPERBOWL 9ERS SUPERBOWL……SUPERBOWL 9ERS SUPERBOWL……SUPERBOWL 9ERS SUPERBOWL……Everyone sing along……..

  22. By mfkram64 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    hey blahblahblah IF? how can u go through life saying IF? i gotta laugh..ya if the niners kept montana they would have won 3 more s.b’s right? well they went with young and won one o well..IF IF IF! everyone knows alex had a hard time when the niners didn’t have the lead he would struggle..that’s why they needed to get a lead all the time…they came back sunday down 17-0…kap. calmed down and drove the ball for the first score and from there u could see their confidence grow.he controlled the game after that..in a dome on the road in a very hostile place! that’s what this kid has….he not afraid he has that special thing u can’t teach it…it’s like give him the ball he will make it happen attitude! i have the confidence now if the niners r down he will bring them back..it’s a great feeling…to bad u r missing out on it..cuz it’s AWESOME!.

  23. By bow53 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    i question that too, when J.H. made the switch, that unexperience qb.would lead as to the playoffs,now where beyond playoffs, that erasers all my doubts, CK7 is a combination of steve young and joe montana and that to me is a very, very dangerous qb. and his only in the second year, he will be a great qb. in the years to come, i’m glad i moved on……

  24. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply


  25. By temper11 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Do you guys even read my posts? Look back as you are so fond of doing… I have never said one bad thing about Kap. I have never not supported Kap. I didn’t like the decision when Harbaugh made it, for reasons relating to football and reasons unrelated to football. Now that it appears that the decision has not been a bad one in terms of football, I still don’t like the decision for reasons unrelated to football. Why does that freaking bother you so much? You liked the decision, fine. You all say you want to move on… and then you keep bringing it up. Saying things like “we’d never have won these last two games with Smith”. If you want to move on, why say things like that? That is exactly the kind of BS that keeps this conversation going. That is exactly the reason I don’t like the decision. Smith took us to the NFC championship game last year and lost in overtime. He did that without a Randy Moss, he did that with the 2011 version of Crabtree, not the 2012 version, he did that with only 1 year of the new system under his belt instead of 2, and he still gets absolutely no respect. If you guys could just acknowledge that we (San Francisco) have done far more harm to Smith, than he’s done to us, we could move past this freaking conversation. Once again, for the 1 millionth time, I’m happy for Kap. Don’t begrudge him a thing. Hope he turns out to be the greatest QB of all time. Can you read? All you do is read, “Temper doesn’t say the exact same thing as I say… Temper bad”.

  26. By tanglung on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Go San Francisco 49ERS Intire TEAM Go.

  27. By tanglung on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Like the 49ERS players, We should all be on the same team and enjoy what is about to happened in two weeks….SUPERBOWL RING #6…Go 49ERS/TRUE FAN”S Go.

  28. By Randy K. on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    I think to make things easier for David Akers, Harbaugh needs to just run the ball up the exact center of the field when he is forced to settle for a field goal. Don’t make David need to accurately fade or draw the ball through the uprights. He can just hit the ball flush like the old style kickers on his instep and follow through. Roman could still run Read-Option plays or crossbucks just around the tackles, only hand the ball off to the running back with instructions to only run to center the ball between the hash marks. This way Akers has the leeway either way to make the field goal. Because, if you have noticed he isn’t missing by much.

  29. By temper11 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Was tough to watch him sitting on the bench after the miss. The guy just looks wrecked. Would be great if he could put a few through in the superbowl and then retire.

  30. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    alex smith had one good year temper11 yet you want to say we ” harmed ” him more than he harmed us?,,,very stupid statement, and yet you cant even see it.your a joke, and you yourself said you wanted alex playing instead of C-KAP, you went along with EVERYTHING blahblahblah said about who the starting qb should be and NOW you want to act like you werent playing both sides of the coin?,,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,,EXCEPT TEMPER11 AND PHATALBLAHBLAHBLAH,,,,THEY ONLY TRUST IN ALEX SMITH

  31. By iswordsman on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    So “Temper” has non football reasons for harping on Alex?? Dude you have marginalized yourself beyond redemption. The Kid plays cold blooded ball and “the decision to change appears to not have been bad” thats the best you can give him??
    Maybe you should be on some lonely hearts blog or somewhere your “non football” reasons matter; just dont try to sell them to real 9er fans, OK? The more paragraphs the deeper the doodoo, take a hike pal.

  32. By iswordsman on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Go to the dictionary and look up DY-NAM-IC. Colin IS, Alex…not so much. Look up COOL as in highly poised; Colin is; Alex…not so much.
    Maybe it was the years of being beat down, I dont know but whatever IT is Colin HAS IT, Alex… well, you get the idea
    Love the guy and all, hell I loved DeBerg too but then came Montana… get the picture Temper man?

  33. By Buzz Clifford?arthur.clifford29@yahoo.com on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply


    Haven’t u heard Alex will be a Arizona Cardinal next year.

  34. By Buzz Clifford?arthur.clifford29@yahoo.com on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    Buyaford.clifford@gmail.com The Packers wideouts are coming to the niners . Appears they want to be receivers for Kaeperneck.

  35. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    @ iswordsman, those last 2 posts of yours say it all,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,except temper11 and phatalblahblahblah,,they only trust in alex smith

  36. By Buzz Clifford?arthur.clifford29@yahoo.com on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    ALEX could play if we get a substantial lead in the 4th quarter. U know garbage time etc. We are the only one with a back up as good as Alex. But Colin is more adventurious not afraid to air it out.


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