The NFC Championship game is one of the top games in all of football. It pairs the two best teams in the National Football Conference (NFC) in a winner takes all match up. The NFC Champion goes on to the Super Bowl to play their counterpart from the AFC. The loser of the NFC Championship goes home to start preparing for next season. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have the most visits to the NFC Championship under their belts, with more than a dozen each. In fact, the Cowboys won the first two NFC Championship games over the 49ers back in the early 1970’s. The winning team receives the George Halas Trophy and earns a spot in the Super Bowl.
Unlike the Super Bowl, the NFC Championship Game is not played at a neutral stadium. Rather the team with the highest playoff seed will host the game giving way to an extremely beneficial home field advantage. The NFC Championship game converted to the home field rule for the 1975-76 season. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for NFC Championship Game tickets.
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San Francisco 49ers (28) at Atlanta Falcons (24) Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) The NFC Championship is set in stone as the San Francisco 49ers head to the ATL to take on the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome and though it's a repeat for the Niners, the "Dirty Birds" have not seen the NFC Championship since the 2004-2005 season. With hopes high that the 49er dynasty team was back, San Francisco fans were devastated after the 20-17 loss to the Giants in last year's Championship game at Candlestick Park. This year the Niners will get their shot at redemption but it won't be Alex Smith under center this time. This year's game will put two NFC Championship game rookies under center as Colin Kaepernick and Matt Ryan lead their teams against one another.
After clinching his first playoff win ever, thanks to his place kicker Matt Bryant, Matt Ryan shook off the "boogie man" that had kept him 0-4 in the playoffs by continuing one of the greatest Falcon seasons in recent history. Despite a few bumps in the road the Falcons have proven that they are deserving of their current championship contending spot but will have to take it a step further against the best defense they have seen all year. Ryan has all the tools necessary to get the job done including one of the best tight ends to ever play the game in Tony Gonzales, who is also considering a retirement decision that will fuel this Atlanta team with motivation. The struggle for the Falcons will come on the defensive side of the ball.
The newly acquired triple threat at San Francisco's quarter back position has proven to be the real deal and gives the 49ers a real advantage offensively. Kaepernicks ability to run, pass, and evade a collapsing pocket only to find one of his laundry list of weapons down the field can be a deciding factor in a game as close as this one. Add one of the most productive running backs in the game to that and you have a 49er offense that is close to unstoppable. In order to have any impact on this offense the Falcons will have to play a twisted game of pressure and containment and if the Falcons are unable to match scores with the 49ers they could end up in a deep hole and playing catch up.
It's the #1 seed against the #2 seed as the Atlanta Falcons welcome the San Francisco 49ers into the Georgia Dome for the 2013 NFC Championship in a game that can only send one to New Orleans in February.