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NFL Playoff Schedule 2013: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons

The 2012 NFL playoffs enter the championship weekend with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons determining the NFC Champions.

Kevin C. Cox

Game: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons
Date: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM (ET)
Broadcast: FOX (3:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews (Field reporters). Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (DGR), 92 (SF), 86 (Atlanta). XM: 88 (DGR), 225 (SF), 226 (Atlanta).






Won past four, six of the past nine.

COACHES VS. OPP. (Reg. and Post)

Harbaugh: 0-0

Smith: 2-0






SF: 4-1 (Ari. 2-0; Det. 1-0; NO 1-0; NYG 0-1)

Atl: 4-1 (Ari. 1-0; Det. 1-0; NO 1-1; NYG 1-0)




TEAMS MEET for second time in postseason. Falcons defeated 49ers 20-18 in 1998 Divisional Playoff (1/9/99). Teams last met in 2010 regular season (Atlanta 16-14, 10/3/10). 49ers lead all-time series (including playoffs 44-30-1).


  • Have won NFL-best 16 division titles since 1980. Jim Harbaugh is the eighth head coach since 1970 to win division title in each of first two NFL seasons.
  • 49ers led NFL with nine players selected to Pro Bowl: linebacker NaVorro Bowman (first), S Dashon Goldson (2nd), RB Frank Gore (4th), G Mike Iupati (first), linebacker Aldon Smith (first), DT Justin Smith (4th), T Joe Staley (third), S Donte Whitner (first) and linebacker Patrick Willis (sixth).
  • Last week, 49ers set single-game franchise postseason records with 579 total net yards and 323 yards rushing.
  • Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is 6-2 (.750) as starter (including playoffs). In those eight starts, has 98.7 passer rating with 12 touchdowns vs. four interceptions and 419 rush yards with four touchdowns. In his first career playoff start, passed for 263 yards with two touchdowns and rushed for 181 yards with two rushing touchdowns. His 181 rush yards are most ever by quarterback in any NFL game. Joined HOFer Otto Graham (twice) and Jay Cutler as the only QBs with 2-plus passing touchdowns and 2-plus rush touchdowns in postseason game.
  • RB Gore rushed for 1,214 yards, his team-record sixth 1,000-yard season. Is the franchise leader with 8,839 career yards rushing and 51 career rushing touchdowns. Rushed for 119 yards and TD last week.
  • WR Michael Crabtree had a career-high 85 catches, 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. Had nine catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in Divisional game. In his past four (including playoffs), generated 28 catches for 463 yards (115.8 per game) and 6 touchdowns.
  • TE Vernon Davis has 11 catches for 336 yards (112 per game) and four touchdowns in three career playoff games. In playoffs, averages 30.5 yards per catch. Since 2009 (including playoffs), leads NFC TEs with 35 touchdowns.
  • WR Randy moss has 10 receiving touchdowns during his playoff career, tied for third most in NFL postseason history. Needs 2 receiving touchdowns in playoffs to tie HOFer John Stallworth (12) for second. In his past three vs. Atlanta, has 24 catches for 331 yards (110.3 per game) and two touchdowns. Aims for third in row vs. Atlanta with 100+ yards or TD
  • Team had 16 giveaways, tied for 2nd fewest in NFL
  • 49ers led NFC in total defense (294.4 yards per game) and pass defense (200.2).
  • Ranked 2nd in run defense (94.2). linebacker Aldon Smith’s 33.5 sacks are most by player in first two seasons. Led NFC with team-record 19.5 sacks. Has 15 sacks in past 11 (including playoffs). Has sack in 2 of 3 career playoff games. Had FF last week in Div.
  • Linebacker Bowman led team with 144 tackles. Has 30 tackles in past 3 playoff games.
  • Linebacker Willis ranked 2nd on team with 120 tackles. Aims for third playoff game in row with sack. Has been selected to Pro Bowl in each of first 6 seasons.
  • DT Justin Smith has sack in 2 of past 3 playoff games. CB Tarell Brown posted an interception in Divisional game. Aims for third game in row (including playoffs) with interception. Has interception in 2 of past 3 postseason games.


  • Have qualified for postseason in three consecutive years for first time in franchise history.
  • Under head coach Mike Smith, team has made playoffs in four of the past five seasons.
  • Club has posted five consecutive winning seasons for first time in franchise history.
  • Falcons had three players selected to Pro Bowl: TE Tony Gonzalez (13th), WR Julio Jones (first) and QB Matt Ryan (2nd).
  • QB Ryan has 56 regular-season wins as starter, most by a quarterback in first five NFL seasons. Recorded first career playoff win last week and tied franchise postseason record with three TD passes. Passed for team-record 4,719 yards and 32 touchdowns. His 68.6 comp. pct. was also a club record. Had career-high 99.1 passer rating, second highest mark in franchise history. In his career at home (including playoffs), Ryan is 34-6 (.850). Posted 100+ rating in 33 games and Falcons are 32-1 (.970). Has 100+ rating in 20 home games and Atlanta is 20-0.
  • Pass offense averaged 281.8 net pass yards per game, highest in team history. Offense averaged 369.1 net yards per game, 2nd best mark in franchise history (376.6 in 2011).
  • RB Michael Turner rushed for 10 touchdowns, his team-record fifth consecutive 10 TD season. Has 10+ rush touchdowns in all 5 seasons with Atlanta. Since joining Atlanta in 2008, has 62 rush touchdowns, 2nd most in NFL (including playoffs). Has rush TD in six of past eight. Rushed for 98 yards last week.
  • Wide receivers Roddy White (1,351) and Jones (1,198) are first Falcons teammates with 1,000+ rec. yards in same season since 1998.
  • White had team-record sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Since 2007 (including playoffs), has 590 receptions, most in NFC. Set club single-game postseason record with 11 catches in 1/3/09 WC. Had 47-yard TD last week. In last two vs. SF, White has 15 catches for 314 yards (157 per game) and two touchdowns.
  • Jones had 6 catches and sealed game with interception last week. first player since Keyshawn Johnson with 5+ catches and interception in postseason game (1/10/99).
  • TE Gonzalez was named to 13th Pro Bowl, most ever for TE. Led team with 93 catches. Has five seasons with 90+ receptions, most by TE in NFL history. Holds NFL record with 14 consecutive seasons with 60+ catches. Posted a touchdown in the Divisional game last week.
  • DE John Abraham has 126 career sacks, most by active player (including playoffs). Led team with 10 sacks, his 7th season with 10+ sacks.
  • Linebackers Stephen Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon tied for team lead with 95 tackles.
  • CB Asante Samuel led the team with 19 passes defensed and was seoncd on club with five interceptions. Has interception in three of his past four games. Holds NFL postseason record with four career interception-touchdowns. Has seven career interceptions in playoffs, second most by active player and tied for sixth most in NFL history.
  • S Thomas DeCoud was second among safeties with six interceptions. DeCoud and William Moore (4) were the only safety teammates with four-plus interceptions each.