49ers vs. Falcons: San Francisco's Winners and Losers in NFC Championship Game

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49ers vs. Falcons: San Francisco's Winners and Losers in NFC Championship Game
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Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore were one productive duo on Sunday.

Winning the NFC Championship Game generally doesn’t lend itself to evaluating losers—especially when the San Francisco 49ers go head to head with the Atlanta Falcons.

The 49ers emerged victorious 28-24 on Sunday afternoon in rather exhilarating fashion.

After suffering an early 17-0 deficit, San Francisco established its patented punch-you-in-the-mouth, ball-control, keep-the-opposing-quarterback-on-the-sideline-approach to the game.

It withstood the initial blitzkrieg by the Falcons offense, and methodically took it to the opposition in the way a Super Bowl hopeful knows best.

That would equate to pounding the rock, using a smothering defense and making the big play, in case you were wondering.

With a winning, but objective, mentality in mind, let’s highlight the biggest winners and (unfortunately) losers from the 49ers win over the Falcons.

After a two-day reflection period, it’s time to get to it.

 

Note: The overwhelming majority of the team earned a positive assessment. The entire linebacker corps was a winner, for example. For our purposes, though, we’ll limit this list to a more manageable number (well, kinda).

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