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NFC Championship Game What To Look For - A Look Back

January 22, 2013
Richmond High School



CLOSE GAMES: No. 2 seed SAN FRANCISCO (13-4-1) defeated No. 1 seed ATLANTA (14-4)28-24 in yesterday’s NFC Championship Game in Atlanta to advance to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. It marked the sixth consecutive NFC Championship Game to be decided by seven points or fewer, the longest streak in conference championship game history

 

The past six NFC Championship Games to finish within seven points or fewer

 

SEASON

TEAMS

WINNER

FINAL SCORE

2007

N.Y. Giants at Green Bay

N.Y. Giants

23-20*

2008

Philadelphia at Arizona

Arizona

32-25

2009

Minnesota at New Orleans

 New Orleans

31-28*

2010

Green Bay at Chicago

Green Bay

21-14

2011

N.Y. Giants at San Francisco

N.Y. Giants

20-17*

2012

San Francisco at Atlanta

San Francisco

28-24

*Overtime

 

 

 

                           

-- NFC Championship --

 

POSTSEASON SUCCESS: SAN FRANCISCO advanced to its sixth Super Bowl yesterday with a 28-24 victory over Atlanta and tied DENVER (six) for the fourth-most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history.

 

The 49ers have won all five of their Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX) and have the fourth-most postseason wins in NFL history (28).

 

The teams with the most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history:

 

TEAM

SUPER BOWL BERTHS

Dallas

8

Pittsburgh

8

New England

7

San Francisco

6

Denver

6

 

-- NFC Championship --

 

WINNING FORMULA: San Francisco head coach JIM HARBAUGH has compiled a 27-8-1 (.764) record in his first two seasons (including postseason), leading his team to two NFC West titles, consecutive NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl berth. 

 

Harbaugh became the fifth head coach since 1970 to reach the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons, joining DON MC CAFFERTY, REX RYAN, GEORGE SEIFERT and BARRY SWITZER.

 

With the 49ers win over Atlanta on Sunday, Harbaugh (27) tied STEVE MARIUCCI (27) for the third-most victories by a head coach in his first two seasons in NFL history (including playoffs). 

 

The head coaches to reach the conference championship in each of their first two seasons since 1970:

 

COACH

TEAM

SEASONS

Jim Harbaugh

 San Francisco

2011-2012^

Rex Ryan

 N.Y. Jets

2009-2010

Barry Switzer

 Dallas

1994-1995*

George Seifert 

 San Francisco

1989*-1990

Don McCafferty

 Baltimore

1970*-1971

*Won Super Bowl

 

 

^Advanced to Super Bowl XLVII

 

 

         

 

The head coaches with the most wins in their first two seasons in NFL history (including playoffs):

 

COACH

TEAM

SEASONS

WINS (INCLUDING PLAYOFFS)

George Seifert 

 San Francisco

1989-1990

32

Barry Switzer

 Dallas

1994-1995

28

Jim Harbaugh

 San Francisco

2011-2012

27*

Steve Mariucci

 San Francisco

1997-1998

27

Jim Caldwell

Indianapolis

2009-2010

26

Mike Martz

St. Louis

2000-2001

26

*Active

 

 

 

 

-- NFC Championship --

 

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDEDSan Francisco quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK led the 49ers to a 28-24 win over Atlanta and has a 7-2 career record as a starter, including the postseason.

 

With Kaepernick starting on Sunday, San Francisco became the first team since WASHINGTON in 1986-1987(JAY SCHROEDER in 1986; DOUG WILLIAMS in 1987) to start different quarterbacks in consecutive conference championship games. Nine teams have started different quarterbacks in consecutive conference championship games since the merger.

 

With the start, Kaepernick (seven) tied PAT HADEN (seven) for the fourth-fewest regular season starts by a starting quarterback in an NFC-AFC Championship Game. JEFF HOSTETLER of the New York Giants only had four regular season starts before the 1990 NFC Championship Game.

 

The quarterbacks with the fewest regular-season starts entering an NFC-AFC Championship Game:

 

QUARTERBACK

TEAM

SEASON

REGULAR-SEASON STARTS

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULT

Jeff Hostetler

N.Y. Giants

1990

4

Won 15-13 at San Francisco

Shaun King

Tampa Bay

1999

5

Lost 11-6 at St. Louis

Vince Ferragamo

L.A. Rams

1979

5

Won 9-0 at Tampa Bay

Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco

2012

7

Won 28-24 at Atlanta

Pat Haden

L.A. Rams

1976

7

Lost 24-13 at Minnesota


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