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NFC Championship Game Notes

Posted Jan 21, 2013



The 49ers advanced to the sixth Super Bowl in franchise history with a 28-24 win at Atlanta in the NFC Championship game. 49ers Public Relations presents the following game notes from the big win against the Falcons.

With a Win…
                         

  • The 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in franchise history and for the first time since the 1994 season. The 49ers six trips to the Super Bowl are tied with the Denver Broncos for the 4th most Super Bowl appearances in league history.
  • The 49ers rallied for a 28-24 win over Atlanta, after trailing 17-0 in the first half. The 17-point comeback was the 2nd largest deficit overcome to win a conference championship (2006 – Indianapolis trailed New England by 18 points).
  • Head coach Jim Harbaugh improved his all-time coaching record, including the playoffs, to 27-8-1. The 27 wins tied former 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci with the 3rd most wins by a head coach in his first two seasons in the NFL history.

Most Wins By a Head Coach in First 2 Seasons, Including Playoffs

Coach

Years

Wins

1

George Seifert, SF

1989-90

32

2

Barry Switzer, Dal.

1994-95

28

3t.

Jim Harbaugh, SF

2011-12

27

 

Steve Mariucci, SF

1997-98

27

4t.

Jim Caldwell, Ind.

2009-10

26

Mike Martz, StL

2000-01

26

  • San Francisco improved its all-time postseason record to 28-18. The 49ers 28 postseason wins are the 4th most in NFL.

Most Playoff Wins, NFL History

Team

Wins

1t.

Dallas Cowboys

33

Pittsburgh Steelers

33

3.

Green Bay Packers

30

4.

San Francisco 49ers

28

5.

Oakland Raiders

25

  • San Francisco improved to 45-30-1 all-time against the Atlanta Falcons.
  • The 49ers snapped a 5-game road postseason losing streak.


In the Postseason, the 49ers Improved to…

  • 19-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 yds. rushing.
  • 21-1 when winning the turnover battle [( 1, SF – 1 lost fumble, Atl. – 1 INT, 1 lost fumble)].
  • 26-7 when scoring 20-or-more points.
  • 25-5 when rushing for 100 yds.-or-more.
  • 11-6 in games decided by a touchdown or less.


Frank the Tank:

  • RB Frank Gore led the way with 21 carries for 90 yds. and 2 TDs. This marked Gore’s first career multi-touchdown performance in the postseason.
  • Under head coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers improved to 11-2-1 when Gore has 20 carries or more.


Vernon Shines in Championship:

  • TE Vernon Davis hauled in 5 receptions for 106 yds. and 1 TD, marking his first postseason TD this season, and 5th of his career, on a 4-yd. TD pass from QB Colin Kaepernick. Davis’ 5 career postseason TDs rank t-4th in franchise history.
  • Davis registered his 3rd career 100-yd. game in the postseason. He now ranks t-2nd in NFL postseason history (TE Dallas Clark - 3) for the most 100-yd. receiving games by a tight end, trailing only TE Keith Jackson (4).
  • Davis became the first tight end and just the 6th player in NFL postseason history to notch 100 yds. receiving in 3 of his first 4 career postseason games, joining WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR Tom Fears, WR Isaac Bruce, WR Dwight Clark and WR Hakeem Nicks.
  • Davis now has 442 career postseason rec. yds., ranking 10th most in NFL postseason history among tight ends.
  • Davis had 3, 25 yd. recepts. at Atl., giving him 9 in 4 career postseason games, which ranks 2nd in 49ers postseason history, trailing WR Jerry Rice (14 recepts. in 23 games).


Kaping it Off:

  • QB Colin Kaepernick completed 16 of 21 passes (76.2 comp. pct.) for 233 yds. with 1 TD and a QB rating of 127.7. His 76.2 comp. pct. ranks 3rd in franchise postseason history, and his 127.7 QB rating ranks 5th in franchise postseason history.
  • Kaepernick entered Sunday’s game with 7 career regular season starts, the 4th fewest for a starting QB entering a Conference Championship Game in NFL history. With the win, he now has the 3rd fewest starts by a QB to reach the Super Bowl in NFL history. (Jeff Hostetler, NYG, 1990 - 4; Vince Ferragamo, LA Rams, 1979 - 5)

Fewest Regular Season Starts  Among QBs Entering A Conference Championship Game, NFL History

Quarterback

Year

Starts

Result

1

Jeff Hostetler, NYG

1990

4

W, 15-13 at SF

2t.

Shaun King, TB

1999

5

L, 11-6 at StL

Vince Ferragamo, LAN

1979

5

W, 9-0 at TB

4t.

Colin Kaepernick, SF

2012

7

W, 28-24 at Atl.

Pat Haden, LAN

1976

7

L, 24-13 at Min



First for James
  • RB LaMichael James registered his first-career TD on a 15-yd. TD run. James became the first 49ers rookie to register a TD in the postseason since FB William Floyd tallied a 1-yd. TD run vs. Chi. (1/7/95) (NFC-D).


Island Fever:

  • DT Isaac Sopoaga notched his first career postseason sack, bringing down Falcons QB Matt Ryan in the 3rd qtr.


Gimme That:

  • CB Chris Culliver picked of Falcons QB Matt Ryan, marking his first career postseason INT.
  • LB Aldon Smith scooped up a fumble by Ryan, marking his first career postseason FR.

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