Originally written on Grits Blitz  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Can Atlanta take down the 49ers and lay claim to their first Super Bowl birth in well over a decade? They could, but this fan is not going to gloat… I’m worried, I’m nervous that this game will be burnt in the minds of Falcons fans for years to come, and I do not know why. Colin Kaepernick is the major reason I find myself struggling to find ways Atlanta can pull this out. After coming off of allowing Russellmania run wild on us in the Georgia Dome, it is only practical to be concerned. This Atlanta defense is the worst statistical defense versus a rushing quarterback in the NFL. They allow over seven yards per scramble. If Atlanta wants to play on Super Bowl Sunday they will have to find it within themselves to stop Kaepernick. Friends asked me this week, “ Mike how does Atlanta stop this guy?” My personal opinion lies how our defense plays the read option. The defense must light up Kaepernick on every read play, whether he hands the ball off or not. It is perfectly legal on a read option to hit the quarterback. The Packers failed to understand this rule, and looked lost on defense all game. I believe 100% that if Atlanta can out scheme the option read, the 49ers offense will be in serious trouble on the road. The good news, Atlanta knows how to play the option read. The concern everyone I have talked with this week was whether or not we can get pressure on passing downs. I am sorry to say that without someone stepping up, we must have John Abraham or we will be forced to blitz on 60 to 70% of passing downs. Last week, we got zero pressure after Abe left. ZERO! I don’t expect him to be able to play all game so somebody must rise up to the occasion. The 49ers have guys like LaMichael James and Vernon Davis, underused but expect them to be factors Sunday. The Falcons offense needs to attack the seams. The 49ers front seven is very stout, but their safeties at times are known to make grievous errors. The Falcons need to continue rushing the ball like last week. They need to give it everything they have, and I believe they will. Matt Ryan proved last week that he is not too small for the moment. He shut up his doubters and won over a lot of fans. I trust Matt Ryan and his ability to play in this game. He is the better quarterback, and in the playoffs I like the better QB 99% of the time. This is a huge game, when tickets came on sale Monday, I couldn’t hold myself back. A part of me knows this is a game I must attend. I think, like last week this game will be close. I think it becomes close due to Kaepernick errors. The Dome will be rocking at 3 pm, and I implore everyone, even the fans like myself that are greatly concerned about the matchups to be there. Waving their flags, chanting RISE UP, believing that on this day… Sunday the twentieth , the Atlanta Falcons could go to the Super Bowl. You can still find tickets on external sites. There really is no excuse to miss out on Atlanta sports history, win or lose this has been a hell of a ride, and I am not ready to pack my bags just yet… Atlanta 27 49ers 24.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

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!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

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.