NFC Championship Game: 49ers Rushing Attack Will Lead to Super Bowl Berth

Daine Pavloski@@dpavloskiAnalyst IIJanuary 16, 2013

Kaepernick and the 49ers Rushing Game will be the Death of the Falcons.
Kaepernick and the 49ers Rushing Game will be the Death of the Falcons.Harry How/Getty Images

The NFL Divisional Round is behind us and it was a doozy. One of the most impressive performances came from second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers

Kaepernick racked up over 400 all-purpose yards against the Packers en route to a 45-31 victory over the Green and Gold.

The Niners have been running over teams all season long with the fourth-best rushing attack in the league, averaging over 155 yards per game and racking up 323 yards against the Packers. The most dangerous part? They show no sign of slowing down. 

The Niners are getting hot at the right time and have a perfect matchup in the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. The Falcons allow over 123 yards on the ground per contest, which is going to kill them as they try to get to the Super Bowl.

Atlanta may have ended the regular season at 13-3, but it wasn't easy. Just four of Atlanta's 13 wins were decided by more than one score. In Atlanta's three losses they allowed 148 yards rushing to the Saints, 144 to the Bucs and 195 to the Carolina Panthers

The Falcons' issues don't end there. Atlanta's defense allows over 240 passing yards per game, which is 24th in the league. The Falcons gave up over 360 yards passing to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round but somehow still came away with the victory. 

It will be much harder to give up huge numbers like that to the Niners and come away with a win. San Fran is home to a defense that ranks as the fourth-best in both run and pass defense. The 49ers' offense is nothing to scoff at either. Kaepernick and Gore have run all over teams as of late and put up almost 600 yards of total offense against the Packers.

The Niners' nearly unstoppable rushing attack is going to be a huge issue for the Falcons, who let Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch run amok in the divisional round. The 49ers' offense is simply getting hot at the exactly right time, which spells huge trouble for a struggling Atlanta defense.

Expect Kaepernick and the 49ers to run all over the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game on their way to the Super Bowl.