Football Today: 49ers or Falcons?


Ross Tucker, Matt Williamson and Jay Soderberg have made their Championship Game picks as part of the latest Football Today podcast.

Their NFC Championship Game preview begins at the 4:35 mark of the above-linked podcast. Check it out.

Tucker expects the Falcons to play well after finally claiming their first postseason victory since coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan arrived in 2008. He thinks the Falcons will be well-prepared for Colin Kaepernick's running.

"Ultimately, however, I just think the 49ers have better football players, especially on the defensive side of the ball," Tucker said. "I think they are better up front on both sides of the ball, and that that is what will ultimately carry the day."

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. envisions the Falcons picking off Kaepernick once or twice, but he's leaning toward the 49ers as well. As for Soderberg? He makes his pick at about the 13:10 mark.

Related: Check out ESPN's expert picks for the week. Chris Mortensen and Keyshawn Johnson are taking the Falcons to beat the 49ers.