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49ers strike NFL playoff gold

A photographic look at the San Francisco 49ers 28-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday's NFC Championship game.

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San Francisco 49ers tight-end Vernon Davis (85) is pushed out of bounds by Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud after a catch in the second half in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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A young San Francisco 49ers fan holds a small football as he awaits in the stands for the start of the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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A San Francisco 49ers fan displays a towel as she awaits the start of the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers fans display signs as they await the start of the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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An Atlanta Falcons fan wears face paint as he awaits the start of the NFL NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (C) catches a pass and runs for a touchdown in front ofSan Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (L) during the first quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones catches a pass while being covered by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown during the first quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones catches a pass as San Francsico 49ers' Dashon Goldson tries to defend during first quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers Michael Crabtree (15) leaps to catch a touchdown pass in the end zone over Atlanta Falcons' Asante Samuel (22) in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (R) scrambles under pressure from Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann during the second quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines during the first half of the NFL NFC Championship football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throws a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith (C) talks to players during the second quarter of play against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (C) is congratulated by teammates Harry Douglas (L) and Roddy White after scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers runningback Frank Gore (21) runs through a tackle attempt by Atlanta Falcons' Jonathan Babineaux (95) and Stephen Nicholas (54) to score a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers (2) misses a field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) fumbles the ball on the snap as San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith (99) looks to recover during second half in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) fumbles the ball as he is stopped on the goal line by Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (L) and cornerback Dunta Robinson during the third quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reacts after throwing and interception against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (R) ducks away from pressure by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (L) during the fourth quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas makes a catch against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (L) is congratulated by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan after the 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates after the 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons fan reacts after the Falcons loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson sits on the bench in dejection after the Falcons were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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An Atlanta Falcons fan cries after the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Falcons to win the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick celebrates with teammates Vernon Davis (85) and Daniel Kilgore (67) in the locker room after defeating the Altanta Falcons in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. holds the NFC championship trophy as he congratulates players in the locker room after the 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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Members of the San Francisco 49ers pose in locker room with NFC championship banner after they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL NFC Championship football game in Atlanta, Georgia January 20, 2013.

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