The 2013 NFC Championship kicks off on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers play the Atlanta Falcons. Read through the in depth preview below to understand the trends and noise that the betting public has created for this game.

NFL Football Point Spread: 49ers -3.5 O/U 48.5

Kickoff: Sunday January 20, 2013 3 PM EST FOX

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Matt Ryan finally won his first playoff game last week bringing the Falcons back from a late deficit and now he has a tall task facing the 49ers, who were more than impressive scoring 45 points last week. San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick broke the NFL record rushing for 181 yards last week and he also passed for 2 TD. The Falcons will be facing a 49ers’ rushing attack that rushed for over 300 yards last week.

The 49ers are the favorite in this game even at Atlanta and after the win last week over Green Bay it is not hard to see why. Still, the Falcons are riding high and while their offense was solid last week their D may be more important in this NFC title game.

In last week’s playoff game the 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 45-31 and the Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-28.

On the season the 49ers are 10-7 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 10-6-1 and the Falcons are at 9-7-1 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 6-11.

While Ryan passed for 250 yards with 3 TD and made 2 huge passes to bring the Falcons back he threw 2 INT and he has to avoid the turnover in this game. The 49ers have the league’s 4th ranked pass defense and they were decent last week giving up 257 yards in the air and they had an INT. They will be facing a talented WR duo in Roddy White and Julio Jones and TE Tony Gonzalez.

The Atlanta offensive line must protect the less than nimbler Ryan against a solid 49ers pass rush that is led by Aldon Smith, who tallied 19.5 sacks this season and forced a fumble last week.

The Falcons got a great game last week from RB Atlanta RB Michael Turner, who rushed for 98 yards and averaged a legit 7 yards per carry. Atlanta will be much tougher to beat if they have a well-balanced offense and Turner will be facing a 49ers run defense that ranks 4th in the league.

The Falcons played great run defense keeping Seattle Marshawn Lynch to under 50 rushing yards, but Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson rushed for 60 yards and that is a concern facing Kaepernick. Kaepernick not only had a big game last week, but so did Frank Gore, who rushed for 119 yards. The Falcons must not allow the 49ers to rank up a ton of rushing yards, as they have a better chance to win if they force Kaepernick to beat them with his arm. In an interesting stat the Falcons were the worst team in the league this season allowing opposing QB’s to rush for an average of 8.9 yards per carry.

Besides Kaepernick’s big game last week on the ground he also passed for 263 yards with 2 TD and 1 pick. WR Michael Crabtree had a big game last week and is a big play target, but the 49ers have many weapons including TE Vernon Davis and Randy Moss. The Falcons played solid pass D in the first half of the Seattle game, but struggled in the 2nd half.

The 49ers have a solid offensive line that only allowed 1 sack last week and the Falcons need to get to Kaepernick in this game. Leading rusher John Abraham is injured and he is questionable in this game and if he cannot go it will be a big loss.

49ers vs. Falcons Betting Trends

The 49ers have covered the spread in 4 of their last 5 games facing a team that has a winning record and in their last 5 games overall the posted total has gone Over 5 times.

The Falcons have an ATS record of 3-1-1 in their last 5 games facing a team with a winning record and in their last 7 home games the posted total has gone Under 6 times.