49ers vs. Falcons NFC Championship Game Odds & Picks 1/20/13

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The San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons are going to square off on the NFL Playoffs odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our 49ers @ Falcons picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Sunday.

NFC Championship Game Picks: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons
Date: Sunday, January 20th, 3:00 ET
Location: Georgia Dome
NFL Playoffs Betting Odds: San Francisco -4
San Francisco vs. Atlanta Live TV: FOX

For as well as the Falcons played over the course of their first 16.5 games of the season, it’s what happened in the second half of the 17th game that really makes us think that they are in for a heck of a beating at the hands of the 49ers on Sunday afternoon in the NFC Championship Game. Atlanta did find a way to win the game, but the truth of the matter is that the Seattle Seahawks proved that they were the better of the two sides and probably should have survived. QB Russell Wilson ended up throwing for 385 yards and rushing for 60 more, accounting for three touchdowns against the Falcons. The mass majority of those stats and all of those points came in just 30 total minutes of game play. In the second half of that game, Atlanta was totally exposed for all of its problems that it had all season long. It didn’t run the ball well, and it didn’t play any defense whatsoever.

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And here come the 49ers, who do everything well that the Falcons don’t do well. San Francisco can run the ball and can run it as well as any team in the league. QB Colin Kaepernick just had the best game as a rusher that any quarterback has ever had in the NFL with 181 yards, and RB Frank Gore ended up over 100 yards against the Green Bay Packers, too. Defensively, this is one of the most intense defenses in the league. DE Justin Smith has had another week of working towards 100% health, and LB Aldon Smith is one of the most ferocious pass rushers that the NFL has to offer. The secondary rarely gives up huge plays, and the defensive line is impossible to run upon at times. On top of that, Kaepernick can make the throws down the field to really make him one of the biggest threats in the league.

And then of course, come all of the intangibles. The 49ers have been here, and they’ve done that. They had the NFC Championship Game in a position that they could have won last year, and they literally coughed up a chance at playing for the Super Bowl. This version of the Falcons hasn’t been there and hasn’t done anything like it. QB Matt Ryan just won his first playoff game, and he really played horribly in the second half against the Seahawks. Atlanta is fortunate to be here. San Francisco has earned its way here. This is a game that is going to be a one-sided romp from the start, and this time, the Falcons aren’t going to get bailed out to get off of the mat.

San Francisco vs. Atlanta Pick: San Francisco 49ers -4
49ers @ Falcons Score Prediction: San Francisco 38 – Atlanta 13

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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