Falcons choke away lead, send 49ers to Super Bowl

Falcons choke away lead, send 49ers to Super Bowl

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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after catching a 33-yard pass in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 8:19 PM

ATLANTA (AP) -- Frank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.

The top-seeded Falcons (14-4) tried to pull out another season-saving drive at the end, but Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass for Roddy White with 1:13 remaining was knocked down by San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

The 49ers (13-4-1) will meet the winner of the AFC title game between New England and Baltimore. San Francisco will be trying to join Pittsburgh as the only teams with six Super Bowl championships.

The victory was sweet redemption for the 49ers, who lost an overtime thriller to the New York Giants a year ago in the NFC title game.

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