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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ravens’ Defense And Intangibles Reason For Concern

The San Francisco 49ers will be the better team when they take on the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday. Unfortunately, talent is not the only deciding factor, and the Ravens will have a few things working in their favor that could help them win it all. To make matters worse, these are things that are out of the 49ers’ control, and San Francisco will have to hope that a lot of things go their way on Sunday.

01/23/2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots makes an adjustment at the line against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers Will Be The Best Team On The Field Come Super Bowl Sunday

For the San Francisco 49ers to complete their quest for a 6th Lombardi Trophy, they will have to beat the Baltimore Ravens. After falling one game short of the Super Bowl a year ago, the 49ers find themselves in unfamiliar territory, as the last time they were in a Super Bowl was 18 years ago. As a franchise, San Francisco is undefeated on football’s biggest stage, and although this is new ground for this specific team, they have to like their chances of keeping the winning streak alive.

01/22/2013

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Falcons Start Fast, But 49ers Rally Late To Advance To Super Bowl

In a game where the momentum switched hands several times, the 49ers were able to make one more play than the Falcons and will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. San Francisco bounced back from a slow start, and in the end, outplayed the home team. The 49ers have earned themselves a trip to New Orleans, where they will look to reach the pinnacle of the sport.

01/21/2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons carries the ball during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Monkey Not Off Falcons’ Back Yet

When the Atlanta Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks, they earned the first playoff win for both Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez. The entire franchise was able to breathe a sigh of relief, but will need to re-focus with San Francisco up next. With the winner heading to the Super Bowl, Atlanta must be careful to not suffer an emotional let down, and will face even more pressure as the stakes have been raised.

01/18/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers tackles wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers after a catch during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

On Sunday, NaVorro Bowman And Patrick Willis Will Be Asked To Do The (Almost) Impossible

There are a lot of things that will be needed to slow down the Atlanta Falcons offense in the NFC Championship Game. The 49er secondary will have their hands full chasing Roddy White and Julio Jones around, but the key match-up is going to be NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis vs. Tony Gonzalez. There is no doubt that Gonzalez is the greatest ever at the tight end position, but this is a match up that San Francisco can win.

01/17/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers talks with his teammates against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Keys To 49er Victory Are As Much Mental As Physical

Despite having to travel on the road to play the Atlanta Falcons, the 49ers are in a good position to pull out a win on Sunday. The keys to getting over the hump, that is the NFC Championship Game, will be a mix of mental and physical. Both teams are solid and equally talented, but if San Francisco can control three things, they will find themselves one win away from the Lombardi Trophy.

01/16/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers in actions against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

49ers Bringing New Dynamic Offense To Championship Round

When the New York Giants beat San Francisco last year in the NFC Championship Game, it was the 49ers’ inability to make a big play offensively that was a big reason for the loss. The team used the off season to address this problem, and as they find themselves one win away from the Super Bowl, the offense looks nothing like the one that let them down in this very game a year ago.

01/15/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with running back LaMichael James #23 after running the ball for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

49ers Like Odds Of Going Through Atlanta To Make It To Super Bowl

After dismantling the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, the 49ers find themselves back in the NFC Championship Game. With the Falcons holding serve against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco will travel to Atlanta with one win standing in the way of both teams of a trip to the Super Bowl. By playing a Falcons team who ended the season as the number 1 seed, in the Georgia Dome, the 49ers will be the underdogs, but have to like their chances of pulling off the upset and moving on to the Super Bowl.

01/14/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws under pressure of Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers during the second half NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Bye Week Has Allowed Justin Smith To Get Ready

Of all the things that resulted from the 49ers’ first round bye, none could be bigger then the week off to rest. Due to the importance of the regular season finale, San Francisco had to play to win, and could not rest their starters, but were able to get some much needed rest while the Wild Card Series were played. The 49ers as a team are as healthy as they can be, and more importantly, the news on Justin Smith is good.

01/10/2013

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Kicker Billy Cundiff #5 of the Washington Redskins converts a game-winning, 41-yard field goal with second remaining in the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 30, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Redskins won 24 - 22. ( Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Mum’s The Word On Kicker For Saturday, But Billy Cundiff Is Best Option

One of the major concerns for the 49ers as they prepare to take on the Green Bay Packers Saturday is the kicking game. For a team that has such a sound defense, three points can go a long way, and more times then not playoff games are decided by a last second field goal. As David Akers has regressed this season, the team signed Billy Cundiff to evaluate the teams kicking options, yet with the game less then a week away there has still been no decision made. This in camp battle doesn’t figure to have a winner declared until right before the game, but with no clear favorite, the best option for the team is to deactivate Akers and go with the new guy.

01/09/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass the ball during their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park on December 30, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick Will Be Key To 49er Playoff Win Over Packers

With the Packers up first, the San Francisco 49ers will have a very difficult opponent to get past in order to make a trip back to the NFC Championship Game. Although the key to success in the game will start and end with stopping the Green Bay Offense, the 49ers will still need to score the ball, and that falls on the shoulder of Colin Kaepernick. The reason for Jim Harbaugh switching to Kaepernick in the middle of the season was for the first year starter to take them to the Super Bowl, and it’s time for Colin to make his coach look like a genius.

01/08/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14: Kicker David Akers #2 bumps fists with guard Alex Boone #75 of the San Francisco 49ers after a field goal against the New York Giants on October 14, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The Giants won 26-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers Turn Attention To Kicking Game Woes

David Akers wrapped up a regular season that he would like to forget. Unfortunately, with the playoffs around the corner and a team that needs contributions from all phases, the team can’t forget. The result is that with time to prepare for their eventual playoff game, San Francisco is working out kickers to make sure that specials teams is not again the downfall of this team in the postseason.

01/02/2013

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