NFC Championship 2012: 49ers runneth over the Falcons cup

The Atlanta Falcons.  The San Francisco 49ers.  The NFC Championship game.  Broadcast on Fox and narrated by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the Falcons were on offense first.  Just four minutes into the quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones connected for a forty-six yard touchdown pass (Julio and fellow wide receiver Roddy White body-high-fived.  Julio and Matt did as well).  They picked up three more points eight minutes later with a field goal.  The Falcons said hello to another TD in the top the second quarter, courtesy of Julio Jones.  Atlanta 17 and San Francisco 0.

The 49ers finally got their game going with a TD by running back LaMichael James in the middle of the second quarter.  Atlanta 17 and San Francisco 7.  Their momentum continued to build to another TD made by tight end Vernon Davis.  Atlanta 17 and San Francisco 14.  But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?   It is Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez making a TD, bringing his team’s score 24 over the San Francisco’s 14.

The 49ers closed the score gap with a TD by running back Frank Gore in the top of the third quarter.  Atlanta 24 and San Francisco 21.   Matt Ryan threw an interception in the middle of the quarter.  He wanted the ball to go to Roddy White.  Fortunately for the Falcons, the 49ers field goal attempt was no good.  But then, with under two minutes in the the quarter, Matt Ryan was felled and the 49ers got control of the ball.  What would’ve most likely been another TD for the 49ers in the top of the fourth quarter became a fumbled ball which the Falcons recovered…within spitting distance of the end zone.    The Falcons weren’t able to score on that recovery, though.  The 49ers went to the end zone upon their next possession (another Frank Gore TD).

Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas made three crucial catches for his teammates in the bottom of the quarter.  Alas.  San Francisco 28 and Atlanta 24.  Final score.

The Falcons will not be going to the Super Bowl.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The Zac Brown Band performed the National Anthem.

2.  Joe Buck’s button-down shirt and tie were of lavender scheme.  Troy Aikman had a blue theme going.

3.  When there were over sixty seconds left in the first quarter and Matt Ryan was communicating information to his team at the line of scrimmage, he shouted what sounded like “Chevy olive” or “Chevy Impala.”

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

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