Southern Surprise? 49ers Sure Hopes So

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The 49ers will hit the road this week, heading south to a domed stadium. They hope it's the first of two such trips.

And that the second one ends with a sixth Lombardi Trophy in their luggage.

But before they can visit the Superdome in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII and end an 18-year quest, they will travel to Atlanta for an NFC Championship Game that provides a chance to confront demons and chase away ghosts.

The 49ers were a Russell Wilson Hail Mary shy of hosting Seattle next Sunday. But instead, the NFC's No. 1 seed eked out a 30-28 win in a wildly entertaining finish.

The 49ers won't get the comforts of home, but the upside is they won't face the team that manhandled them last month in Seattle. At first glance, it appears that the Falcons'...

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