Coming off a BIG win against the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers are hungry for more. They embarrassed Green Bay in the Divisional Round, and look to do the same to the Falcons in the NFC Championship.
The Atlanta Falcons do not have the best defense and their running game is lacks consistency. They do have a very smart quarterback (highest completion rate amongst remaining quarterbacks), and arguably one of the best receiving cores in the NFL in Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. Their offense does what it has to in order to win. They execute. Plain and simple.
Atlanta rarely allow sacks, throw interceptions or commit penalties. The Falcons’ offense is comparable to the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, where execution and minimizing mistakes are their keys to winning games and putting points on the board.
Atlanta’s defense will be man-handled by the 49ers’ offensive line and running game. Colin Kaepernick, Lamichael James and Frank Gore offer a versatile rushing attack that will be extremely hard to stop for the Falcons defense to contain.
The 49ers’ defense will likely only need to play six players in the box, allowing them to double Atlanta’s best receivers while also making it hard for them to get a consistent passing attack. San Francisco’s linebackers and defensive line will have no problem playing downhill and stopping Atlanta’s running game.
An issue the 49ers will face is playing an away game in the Georgia Dome. It will be loud, and a similar volume to Seattle’s stadium. This will potentially make it hard to audible and shift blocking assignments for Kaepernick and his offensive line.
The 49ers will beat the Falcons and The Quest for Six will continue. Expect another big game from Kaepernick.