ATLANTA (AP) -- Frank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.
The top-seeded Falcons tried to pull out another season-saving drive at the end, but Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass for Roddy White with 1:13 remaining was knocked down by San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman.
The victory was sweet redemption for the 49ers, who lost an overtime thriller to the New York Giants a year ago in the NFC title game.
-49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was 16-21 passing for 233 yards and 1 touchdown. He also rushed two times for 21 yards.-ATL QB Matt Ryan was 22/31 passing with 317 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. -49ers RB Frank Gore rushed 18 times for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. -49ers TE Vernon Davis was the leading receiver with 5 catches for 106 yards and 1 touchdown.-ATL WR Julio Jones was the Falcons' leading receiver with 8 catches for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Baltimore Ravens will play the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The Ravens defeated the New England Patriots Sunday 28-13 in the AFC championship game played in Foxborough, Mass.
Joe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years.
-Ravens QB Joe Flacco was 21-36 passing for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns -Pats QB Tom Brady was 29-54 passing for 320 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions
-Ravens RB Ray Rice rushed 19 times for 48 yards and 1 touchdown -Pats RB Stevan Ridley rushed 18 times for 70 yards
-Ravens WR Anquan Boldin finished with 5 catches for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns -Pats WR Wes Welker caught 8 passes for 117 yards and 1 touchdown.
The wins sets up the first Super Bowl coached by brothers, Baltimore's John Harbaugh and San Francisco's Jim.
San Francisco will be trying to join Pittsburgh as the only teams with six Super Bowl championships.
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