Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/20/13
Even as the San Francisco 49ers celebrated Sunday's 28-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, they had plenty of reason for concern heading into Super Bowl XVLII against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Although the 49ers had one of the best pass defenses in the league during the season, giving up only 200.2 yards through the air per game, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan showed what can happen if a strong-armed quarterback is given enough time. Ryan was sacked only once and was rarely under pressure while completing 30 of 42 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns, the best outing of his career. Before the 49ers offense helped the defense by controlling the ball, the Falcons jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead as Ryan completed 18 of 24 passes for 271 yards and all three touchdowns in the first half. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who has one of the strongest arms in the league, completed 21 of 36 passes for 240 yards, three touchdowns a...
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