Conference Championship
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San Francisco 37, Atlanta 31

Kaepernick proves he's for real in overtime win over Falcons

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By Jon Robinson

Player of the Game: Colin Kaepernick

Anyone curious why Alex Smith was relegated to bench duty in San Francisco got their eye-popping answer last week, as Colin Kaepernick went into full-on beast mode against the Packers. Can he do it again in the NFC Championship Game and lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl? According to the "Madden NFL 13" simulation, that answer is a resounding yes, with Kaepernick throwing for 279 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 70 yards and one score to help San Francisco pull out the 37-31 victory in overtime. The 49ers actually led by 8 late in this one, with Atlanta needing a last second 9-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez plus a 2-point conversion to Gonzalez just to send the game to OT. And while the Falcons pulled off the miracle to tie things at 31, Kaepernick and crew took over from there, with Frank Gore finishing off the Falcons with a 3-yard touchdown to win the game for San Francisco.


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