The Two Most Emotional Moments Of The San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl-Qualifying Win

Lots and lots of sports-feelings.

Today, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 today to book a trip to Super Bowl XLVII. Atlanta went up 17-0 early, but San Francisco won the rest of the game 28-7, making the loss even more bitter for the home-town Falcons. (The 17-point comeback was also the biggest in the history of the NFC Championship.)

It was a close, emotional game, and the best way to demonstrate this is to present these two moments, in GIF form.

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2. First: here’s the moment when Atlanta lost the game. A Matt Ryan pass intended for Roddy White is knocked down inside the red zone, and the Falcons turn it over on downs.

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3. This is Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s reaction to the play.

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4. Second: Harry Douglas made this catch late in the game, and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh decided to challenge it. It looks like the ball moved a bit when it hit the ground; the question becomes whether Douglas maintained possession or not.

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5. The refs decided that he did, and Harbaugh was NOT happy. Not at all.

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6. This could be a great new dance.

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7. Of course, nothing makes you feel better like earning a ticket to your first Super Bowl.

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