By: GEOFF MEHL, STAFF REPORTER
Championship weekend brought four great teams together for two, epic matchups. In the end, both Harbaugh brothers will be heading to the Super Bowl to square off against each other.
The San Francisco 49ers came back from a 17-point deficit against the Atlanta Falcons, 28-24, on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, booking their tickets to New Orleans. Frank Gore’s nine yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter booked the 49ers ticket to the Super Bowl.
San Francisco’s offensive was led by Gore, who carried the ball 21 times for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was efficient, passing for 233 yards on 16 of 21 attempts and a touchdown. Vernon Davis was Kaepernick’s leading receiver contributing five receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Atlanta started off hot but was unable to fight off the 49ers. Wide receiver Julio Jones had a huge day catching 11 receptions on 12 attempts for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Jones’ touchdowns came in the first and second quarter. Quarterback Matt Ryan has 42 completions on 30 attempts for 396 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the loss.
The Baltimore Ravens shut down the New England Patriots, 28-13, Sunday evening in Foxboro to claim the AFC crown. The Ray Lewis led defense held the Patriots zero points in the second half.
Raven quarterback Joe Flacco had a big day completing 24 of 36 attempts for 240 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin’s clutch fourth quarter helped Baltimore to the win. Boldin had 5 catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
Tom Brady and the Patriots had a difficult time with the Raven defense. Brady passed for 320 yards on 54 attempts and had only one touchdown and two crucial interceptions. The Patriots were unable to score on important drives in the fourth quarter. Running back Steven Ridley led the Pats in rushing with 18 carries for 70 yards.
The Baltimore Ravens will now head to New Orleans, Louisiana to take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. This year’s Super Bowl is held in on Feb. 3 and kickoff will is at 6:30p.m. on CBS.