But why wait till then? Join host Mark Thompson and Times' NFL writer Sam Farmer here, starting live Friday at 11:30 a.m., as they discuss this weekend's matchups and inevitably come up with which teams will be playing for it all in two weeks.
One topic of discussion could be 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was a relative unknown until he got the starting nod from Coach Jim Harbaugh late in the season. Farmer wrote in Thursday's paper:
"Kaepernick is coming off a record-setting performance in a 45-31 divisional playoff victory over Green Bay in which he rushed for 181 yards in 16 carries — a postseason record for a quarterback — and accounted for two rushing and two passing touchdowns.
He is the lone remaining truly mobile quarterback in a playoff field that includes New England's Tom Brady, Atlanta's Matt Ryan, and Baltimore's Joe Flacco.
The 49ers play at Atlanta on Sunday with a chance to advance to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in franchise history. And Kaepernick, who replaced an injured Alex Smith at midseason and never relinquished the starting job, is the centerpiece of a formidable (and confounding) San Francisco offense."
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