Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 11/16/14
49ers 28 Falcons 24 The huge question that will linger for weeks after this game will be about why the Atlanta Falcons continue to not be able to put teams away after running out to big leads. The Falcons jumped out to an early 10-0 lead after an early 46 yard bomb from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones and a Matt Bryant field goal. Julio Jones then scored on a 20 yard fade to put the Falcons up 17-0, and the route should have been on, except these are the Atlanta Falcons we are talking about. The 49ers and settled Colin Kaepernick down, utilized their short passing and run game, and closed the gap to 17-7 with a 15 yard Lamichael James touchdown with 8 minutes to go in the half. At that point, San Francisco found their groove, and Colin Kaepernick started to get in sync by going to tight end Vernon Davis on several plays. Davis and Kaepernick hooked up several times in the second quarter for the tune of 5 catches for Davis, and 106 yards.  They culminated that chemistry with a 4 yard touchdown with 1:55 seconds left in the half. At that point the Niners made it a game, but the Falcons were able to answer that score with a Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez 10 yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds left in the half to lead 24-14. The 49ers received the ball to start the second half and continued where they left off with a short passes to Davis and Crabtree, and strong running from Frank Gore who plunged in from 5 yards out to cut the Falcons lead to 24-21 with 10:47 left in the third. Ryan then hurt the Falcons with two late quarter turnovers that started the teams implosion.  First Ryan had an intended pass for Roddy White intercepted by Niners cornerback Chris Culliver. The 49ers could not take advantage after David Akers missed a 38 yard field goal.  Ryan then fumbled a shotgun snap and the ball went back to San Francisco. The 49ers again could not capitalize and were denied when receiver Michael Crabtree fumbled at the goal line when stripped by Dunta Robinson. William Moore helped on the hit and Stephen Nicholas was credited with the recovery. The two teams went back and forth during the 4th quarter, before Gore’s 9-yard run midway through completed the comeback from a 17-0 first-half deficit and allowed San Francisco to go up 28-24. The 49ers were able to keep the Falcons out of the end zone from their, and complete the biggest comeback in an NFC Championship game since 1999. The 49ers will now await the winner of the AFC Championship game between New England and Baltimore.  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Titans have reportedly been 'all over' Marcus Mariota

Report: Browns talked with Redskins about trading up

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers in film room after blowout loss

Jon Jones facing felony charge for leaving scene of crime

Josh Hamilton officially traded back to Rangers

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Landing Adrian Peterson too costly for Cardinals

Report: Antonio Brown joins Steelers voluntary work outs

Charles Barkley: JR Smith should be suspended 10 games

Kelly Olynkyk: I'd probably get killed if I went to Cleveland

Report: Redskins likely to pick up Robert Griffin III's option

Eagles trying to trade Marcus Smith for another duck?

Arkansas has leather belt to commemorate Texas Bowl win

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

Belichick's girlfriend fine with coach checking out Teigen

V. Stiviano posts birthday message to 'BFF' Donald Sterling

Mark Cuban and the inevitable playoff peril of the Mavs

Wizards made Raptors look bad while remaking themselves

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

WATCH: Rick Carlisle tapes mouth shut so he can't rip refs

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the quarterbacks

Greg Hardy faces teammate, Cowboys locker room leak

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce burns Raptors fans with epic troll job

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Titans have been 'all over' Mariota?

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers after loss

Jon Jones facing felony charge

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Will Aldridge leave the Blazers?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.