NFL playoffs 2013 schedule: Championship Sunday is here

Thearon W. Henderson

San Francisco has an opportunity for its first Super Bowl appearance since 1994 against Atlanta on Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons are gearing up for Sunday's NFC Championship in the Georgia Dome.

Neither team has been in this situation recently, with Atlanta being the most current with an NFC Championship loss in 2004 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Back then, Matt Ryan was still at Boston College and Michael Vick was running the show for Atlanta.

Despite being one of the proud franchises of the NFL, the 49ers haven't been to the Super Bowl in 18 years.

On Sunday, history will be thrown out the window with second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick leading the charge. Of course Kaepernick had a historic performance last week, rushing for 181 yards and being responsible for four touchdowns in the rout of the Green Bay Packers.

San Francisco's defense will have a tough test against Juilo Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. Atlanta isn't much for running the ball, but the downfield passing attack can do serious damage.

In last Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, Ryan threw for 250 yards and a trio of scores, propelling the Falcons to a last-second win.

If the 49ers can contain Ryan's passing game, they should be in fine shape.

TV: FOX

Time: 3 p.m. ET

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Bay Area

You must be a member of SB Nation Bay Area to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Bay Area. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Bay Area

You must be a member of SB Nation Bay Area to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Bay Area. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.