The 2013 NFL Playoffs are in the final stretch, with the NFC Championship Game kicking off Sunday's schedule. The Atlanta Falcons will take on the San Francisco 49ers beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX. The winner of that game will head to the Super Bowl to play the winner of the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens (6:30 p.m. ET, CBS).
The Falcons own the NFC's top seed, but oddsmakers expect them to fall to a 49ers squad that ran rough-shed over the Green Bay Packers last weekend. Colin Kaepernick accounted for 444 yards and four touchdowns in the win. The Falcons, meanwhile, nearly gave up a 20-point lead created after a hot start against the Seattle Seahawks. Hopefully for Atlanta, the matchup against Russell Wilson gave the defense (likely with John Abraham this week) an idea of how to slow down the Niners' read-option offense.
Here are the essentials for Sunday's slate:
NFC Championship Game
Who: San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) at Atlanta Falcons (13-3)
When: 3:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 20
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Line: 49er favored by 4 points
AFC Championship Game
Who: Baltimore Ravens (10-6) at New England Patriots (12-4)
When: 6:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 20
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Line: Patriots favored by 8 points