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NFC Championship 2013 schedule: Falcons host 49ers in Georgia Dome

Stopping Colin Kaepernick is vital to Atlanta's success this weekend.


The Atlanta Falcons host the San Francisco 49ers this week in the NFC Championship game. It's a contest that mirrors last week's divisional contest against the Seattle Seahawks, but a more mobile quarterback presents them with a new set of challenges.

Last week Russell Wilson had success moving the ball on the ground, running for 60 yards on just seven carries. While he has the ability to hurt teams with his legs, it's nothing like Colin Kaepernick's ability to extend plays, and attack the center for the field. Rushing for 181 yards, he was the difference maker -- and it remains to be seen if the Atlanta Falcons can handle a mobile quarterback.

In each game this season Atlanta's defense failed to stop mobile quarterbacks. In their two divisional match-ups with the Carolina Panthers, they allowed a total of 200 rushing yards to Cam Newton, and coming off a poor game against Seattle they'll need to make a statement; stopping Kaepernick would do just that.

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

When: Sunday, 1/20/13, 3:00 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

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