San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) takes off on a 56-yard touchdown as Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) and inside linebacker Brad Jones (59) chase during the third quarter of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in San Francisco on Saturday. The 49ers will face the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
San Francisco at Atlanta: For a No. 1 seed, the Falcons sure haven't looked the part for the past two months. After jumping out to a 20-point lead over Seattle last week, the Falcons surrendered the lead with 31 seconds left before rallying to win. And they nearly blew that when they inexplicably onside kicked and Seattle recovered near midfield. San Francisco, on the other hand, manhandled a hot Packers team many thought was headed back to the Super Bowl. Colin Kaepernick destroyed Green Bay with his runs and pin-point accuracy. Atlanta is in trouble. 49ers 31, Falcons 17.
Baltimore at New England: Ray Lewis is having quite a last run before he retires and has the Ravens defense believing it can stop anyone. Anyone except Tom Brady, that is. Brady had little trouble dissecting the supposedly stout Texans defense last week and has too many weapons for an aging Baltimore defense. New England can be scored upon and Ravens QB Joe Flacco is quite capable of putting up some points. He just doesn't have enough, however, to keep up with Brady and company. It'll be close, but close doesn't count. Patriots 35, Ravens 31.
Last week: 3-1 (.750).
For the season: 174-89-1 (.661).
Predicting the Packers: 12-6 (.667).
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