Time Is Right for 49ers, Who Beat Falcons to Clinch Super Bowl Bid

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Time Is Right for 49ers, Who Beat Falcons to Clinch Super Bowl Bid
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Moments after scoring his second touchdown in Sunday's NFC championship game, Frank Gore stood in the back of the end zone, turned to face the deflated Georgia Dome crowd and began the first few steps of the "Dirty Bird," the celebration dance popularized by the hometown Falcons in the late 1990s. Then, in a move he'd practiced many times, Gore stopped and gave the crowd a dismissive wave, as if to say, "Never mind..."

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