Fox ends its 2012-13 season with the NFC Championship as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Atlanta Falcons live from the Georgia Dome. The game broadcast begins at 3 p.m. ET with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman high above the field and Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews roaming the sidelines.
Fox NFL Sunday will have its crew live from the Georgia Dome as well. Co-hosts Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw will be joined by analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan. NFL insider Jay Glazer will also be on hand for last-minute information and injury news. And Rob Riggle will have his comedic prognostication segment.
Here’s what Fox is saying about the NFC Championship Game.
49ers/Falcons Battle in Atlanta for the NFC Title Sunday on FOX
FOX NFL SUNDAY Pregame Live from the Georgia Dome: Coverage at 2:00 PM ET
Long: Falcons Have to Act Like They’ve Been There, Even If They Haven’t
NFL ON FOX: NFC CHAMPIONSHIP – A trip to Super Bowl XLVII is on the line Sunday, Jan. 20 (3:00 PM ET), as quarterback Colin Kaepernick, coming off last week’s spectacular performance, leads the 49ers into Atlanta to take on Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and the potent Falcons. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Erin Andrews are joined by NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira on-site to call this matchup for the George Halas trophy and NFC title from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.
Coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET with America’s No. 1 pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the Emmy Award-winning program and are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson live from the Georgia Dome. NFL Insider Jay Glazer breaks the latest league news and scoops while NFL rules analyst Pereira discusses the previous week’s important impactful calls and points of emphasis in officiating. Comedic prognosticator Rob Riggle provides his Championship Weekend picks segment. In this week’s Championship edition, Long sits down with members of San Francisco’s defense to discuss how they will stop Atlanta’s high-powered offense. In San Francisco, FOX NFL SUNDAY cameras hit the streets to see how Colin Kaepernick’s Saturday night performance won over the city. Throughout the week, FOX NFL SUNDAY cameras followed Tony Gonzalez and his family as he prepared for the biggest game of his 16-year career. In an AFC Championship game feature, NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch sits down with Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco to discuss his unprecedented playoff success this year as he prepares for another showdown with the Patriots.
Prior to the network’s NFC Championship pregame coverage, the network airs NFL CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE (1:00 PM ET), a one-hour program delivering a magnificent recap of all four divisional playoff games and a visually stunning preview of the championship games.
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Sunday, January 20, 2013
FOX NFL SPECIAL, 2:00 PM ET
San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons — Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Erin Andrews, 3:00PM ET
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
LONG: HOW FALCONS RESPOND TO PLAYOFF WIN IS KEY FACTOR IN NFC CHAMP GAME – FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst and Hall of Famer Howie Long thinks a major factor in this weekend’s NFC Championship Game between Atlanta and San Francisco is how the Falcons respond to finally getting the playoff win that has eluded them for so many years. “In the Falcons’ postgame footage, you could almost see the relief,” said Long. “It was such a big hurdle for them but now Atlanta can go one of two ways; they could say ‘we’re relieved and anything beyond this is gravy’ or they could say ‘now we’re 60 minutes away from the Super Bowl.’ Atlanta has been there the whole season but each week we asked, ‘how good is Atlanta?’ The 49ers are going to be a major challenge for the Falcons because the offense is so dynamic. Colin Kaepernick is a special quarterback who can make plays all over the field.”
BILLICK: SIMILARITIES EXIST AMONG FINAL FOUR – As the NFL season heads into the penultimate weekend, NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick dives into the numbers to find a dominant team. The one team that seems to be the most complete are the 49ers. Billick writes: “San Francisco is the closest of all the teams to being truly dominant, and the 49ers are also a living embodiment of the old formula for winning: They play good defense (third in the league in yards allowed), run the ball well (third in the league in yards per rush) and don’t turn it over (tied for second in the league for fewest turnovers).”
To read more from Billick on the NFC & AFC Championship games, click here: http://on-msn.com/U1CjFp
And we’ll end with CBS’ preview of the AFC Championship Game.