In the end, it was Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis and Frank Gore leading the offense for the 49ers. The Falcons had their way with the 49ers in the first half, as they held a 24-14 lead at halftime.
Prior to the half, the 49ers defense was being cut to shreds by Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and the triumvirate of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. The San Francisco pass rush was unable to get to Ryan and the Falcons receivers were making plays all over the field.
The second half was a different story for the 49ers defense. Led by linebackers Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks, the 49ers blanked the Falcons over the final 30 minutes.
The Patriots and Tom Brady held a 13-7 lead at halftime and looked in control of the game. However, the Ravens took control in the third quarter and never relinquished their hold on the game.
Baltimore, behind some stellar play from quarterback Joe Flacco, scored the final 21 points of the game to win, 28-13.
The Ravens' victory sets up a Super Bowl matchup between two brothers, Jim and John Harbaugh. John's Ravens defeated Jim's 49ers in 2011 by a score of 16-6 on Thanksgiving Day.
Super Bowl XLVII will be a different story. The 49ers are a much more dynamic team than they were a year ago.
Let's take a look at five key factors that give the 49ers the edge in the upcoming game.