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NFC Championship 2013: Defenders Who Will Decide Epic Clash
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Thomas DeCoud and Asante Samuel will try and stop Colin Kaepernick from beating them with his arm.

The stage is set for the NFC Championship.

The No. 1 seed Atlanta Falcons will host the No. 2 seed San Francisco 49ers with a trip to Super Bowl XLVII on the line. Colin Kaepernick is the talk of the NFL after his performance in the Divisional Round, but he'll have his work cut out for him trying to outscore Matt Ryan and the Falcons.

But both quarterbacks will face tough defenses on Sunday afternoon.

Kaepernick will be tested by perhaps the best front seven in the NFL, while Ryan will be tested by the 49ers' solid linebacking corps and a talented secondary.

Let's take a look at three defenders who will decide this marquee matchup.

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