Frank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
The top-seeded Falcons (14-4) tried to pull out another season-saving drive at the end, but Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass for Roddy White with 1:13 remaining was knocked down by San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Read More
The big question after 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh made the change from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick seemed to be this: Is anything less than a Super Bowl appearance mean it was the wrong move? Read More
Over the past week, the 49ers have gone from a team many so-called experts were predicting to lose in their playoff opener against the Green Bay Packers to the national media’s new darling. Read More
Michael Turner’s trademark high-pitched laugh filled the Falcons’ locker room.
Asked about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Turner grinned Thursday and said “I’m glad I’m not on defense.”Turner, the big running back, and the Falcons’ offense want to hold the ball and limit Kaepernick’s time on the field in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Read More
The 49ers are the people’s choice going into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. As of Thursday morning, they went from 3½- to 5-point favorites in some places, a remarkable spread, considering that the home field is usually figured to be a 3-4 point advantage.
Oddsmakers do not make predictions. They set a line to try to get an even distribution of betting on each team, so this line means the 49ers have nation-wide support. Read More
Despite all those gaudy statistics and impressive physical skills, Colin Kaepernick faced plenty of questions coming out of Nevada about whether he was the product of a gimmicky college offense that would have no chance of working in the pros.
On the big stage of the NFL playoffs, Kaepernick is demonstrating just what he and that pistol offense are capable of against the toughest competition. Read More
Nevada athletic officials are trying to capitalize on “Kap” mania.
Ex-Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick has the 49ers one win away from their first Super Bowl since 1995. And university officials are hoping the man who is fast becoming one of the school’s most famous alums will help them sell some football tickets next season. Read More
Colin Kaepernick could revolutionize the quarterback position in pro football. His speed is more explosive than that of most NFL tailbacks, and he slings the ball downfield with the velocity of a ninth-inning closer. Last week, Kaepernick looked like the super-quarterback that coaches had once dreamed Randall Cunningham, Daunte Culpepper and Michael Vick would become. Read More
If we learned anything after 16 regular-season games and last week’s divisional playoff round, the 49ers will be making travel arrangements for New Orleans and Super Bowl XLVII about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
While San Francisco still has to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, it’s a mere formality at this point. Read More
Running back Frank Gore arrived for work Monday ready to push through another tough week of game preparation and do everything he can to keep his team playing right into February.
The 49ers are one win from the place they’ve planned to be all along: the Super Bowl.
“Mainly, we’re going to plow ahead,” coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. “We’re going to continue our work ethic and humility.” Read More