FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — When the Atlanta Falcons face off against the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC championship on Sunday, expect a physical battle between two teams with similar defensive mentalities. Falcons’ safety William Moore sure does.
“If you get the opportunity to blow somebody up and make a statement, that’s what you want to do,” said Moore. “They’re a physical football team too. This is the championship, no guy is going to lay down out there. He’s going to come back and try to get you, so you’ve got to be prepared for it.”
After facing a young, mobile quarterback last week, the Falcons’ defense will face another one in Colin Kaepernick. Moore understands there is only so much a defense can do when facing a player of Kaepernick’s skill level.
“It’s our job to contain him,” said the fourth-year strong safety. “Like I said last week, with players like that, you can’t stop them, you just contain them.”
Kaepernick is coming off arguably his best game as a starter. Last week, he broke the NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a playoff game with 181. The Falcons are expecting nothing less than his best come Sunday.
“He looked comfortable, he balled out last game against a great Green Bay team,” said Moore. “That goes to show, the environment doesn’t bother him one bit. He’s going to show up and it’s our job to show up with him.”