It looks like Special K will be leading the San Francisco 49ers into New Orleans in a quest for a sixth franchise Super Bowl victory. Right now Colin Kaepernick looks to have everything going his way as the 49ers managed to rally from a 17-0 deficit to top the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome 28-24. The San Francisco defense came up big, holding off a desperation drive by Matt Ryan in the waning seconds and Atlanta fans went home stung and disappointed after being high and tight in the first quarter.
The Falcons looked to be on a roll and poised to make this a blowout. A 46-yard pass to Julio Jones began the scoring and Atlanta held a 10-0 lead after the first fifteen minutes of play. Jones and Ryan made another connection early in the second, with Ryan finding Jones in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown and a 17-0 lead.
San Francisco finally responded with a touchdown run by LaMichael James, followed by a Frank Gore burst that pulled the 49ers within three. But Atlanta came back and a Tony Gonzales touchdown put them up 27-14 at the half.
It was than that the San Francisco superiority came into play. The Falcons were done scoring. Key mistakes on the Atlanta offense handicapped the Falcons drives on two occasions, while San Francisco kept the Atlanta defense on their heels by mixing Gore, James, and Kaepernick in a recipe that finally finished cooking with the biggest comeback in NFC Championship history.
Super Bowl tickets on the NFC side mean NFL fans will see Colin Kaepernick on the biggest stage of all. His promotion to starter had been questioned but now looks to be one of the best coaching decisions of the season.