SAN FRANCISCO (12-4-1) at ATLANTA (14-3)
Sunday, 3 p.m., Fox
OPENING LINE - 49ers by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 10-7; Atlanta 9-7-1
SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 44-29-1
AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 3; Falcons No. 4
LAST MEETING - Falcons beat 49ers 16-14 on Oct. 3, 2010.
LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Packers 45-31; Falcons beat Seahawks 30-28
49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (4), PASS (23)
49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (4), PASS (4)
FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (29), PASS (6)
FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (21), PASS (23)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons have won last four games in series since 49ers took two OT wins in 2001. ... Teams meeting in playoffs for second time. Super Bowl-bound Falcons beat 49ers 20-18 on Jan. 9, 1999 in divisional playoffs as Jamal Anderson rushed for 113 yards and two TDs. Falcons defense had 3 INTs, including two by S William White. ... 49ers have won NFL-best 16 division titles since 1980. ... Jim Harbaugh is only eighth coach since 1970 to win division titles in each of first two seasons. ... In divisional playoffs win over Packers last week, 49ers set franchise postseason records with 579 total net yards and 323 yards rushing. ... QB Colin Kaepernick has passed for 12 TD with four INTs and rushed for four TDs while posting 6-2 record as starter. In first career playoff start last week, Kaepernick had 263 yards passing with two TDs. He set NFL record for QB in any game with 181 yards rushing with two TDs. Otto Graham (twice) and Jay Cutler only other QBs with at least two passing TDs and two rushing TDs in postseason game. ... RB Frank Gore had 1,213 yards rushing for team-record sixth season with at least 1,000 yards rushing. ... Gore had 119 yards rushing with TD last week. ... WR Michael Crabtree had nine catches for 119 yards, two TDs against Packers last week. ... TE Vernon Davis has 11 catches for 336 yards and four TDs in three career playoff games. ... WR Randy Moss has 10 TD catches in postseason, tied for third in NFL history. Moss needs two TD catches to tie John Stallworth (12) for second place. ... Moss has 24 catches for 331 yards, two TDs, in last three games against Falcons. ... LB Aldon Smith's 33 1/2 sacks are high total for player in first two seasons. Smith led NFC with team-record 19 1/2 sacks this season. ... Falcons set NFL records for 16-game schedule with 55 penalties for 415 yards. Giants had second-fewest penalties with 72 this season. Falcons one of two teams to rank among top seven in NFL in scoring offense (26.2) and scoring defense (16.7). Denver was other team. ... Atlanta hosting first NFC championship game. Falcons played on road splitting NFC championship games in 1998 and 2004 seasons. ... Falcons' win over Seattle was team's first playoff win in five seasons with coach Mike Smith and QB Matt Ryan. ... Ryan's 56 regular-season wins are most by starting quarterback in first five seasons. ... Including playoffs, Ryan 34-6 at Georgia Dome. .... WR Roddy White (1,351) and WR Julio Jones (1,198) are first Atlanta duo to each top 1,000 yards receiving since 1998. White reached 1,000 yards receiving for team-record sixth consecutive season. Including playoffs, White has NFC-leading 590 catches since 2007. ... White had 47-yard TD catch last week. ... Jones closed win over Seattle with INT to become first player since Keyshawn Johnson on Jan. 10, 1999 with at least five catches and INT in postseason game. ... TE Tony Gonzalez, named to 13th Pro Bowl this season, earned first postseason win last week. ... DE John Abraham led Falcons with 10 sacks, giving him 126 for career, most for any active NFL player. ... CB Asante Samuel has seven career postseason INTs, second-most for active player. Samuel holds NFL postseason record with four career TD returns on INTs. ... Thomas DeCoud (6) and William Moore were only NFL duo at safety to each have at least four INTs.
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