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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Halftime: Falcons 24, 49ers 14

By Pat Yasinskas

ATLANTA -- Sunday’s NFC Championship Game is shaping up a lot like last week’s divisional round game between the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.

At halftime, the Falcons hold a 24-14 lead.

That may seem like good news for Atlanta fans. But here’s the catch -- the Falcons were leading this game 17-0 and looked like they were ready to blow the 49ers right out of the Georgia Dome.

But it’s become eerily reminiscent of last week when the Falcons led 20-0, squandered it and had to kick a last-second field goal to get past Seattle. But the good news for the Falcons is that they took the momentum back with a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez near the end of the first half.

We’ll see what the second half brings. I’ll be back with a Rapid Reaction as soon as the game ends. Also, if you’re not already with us, please join us in the Countdown Live chat in the second half.