- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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Around the NFC West: Jan. 21, 2013
Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan couldn't stop the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens from advancing to the Super Bowl with quarterbacks from Nevada and Delaware, respectively.
So, while some of the pregame Super Bowl buildup will focus on a couple old-school teams advancing, let's not pretend that defense, special teams or running backs carried subpar quarterbacks to the promised land.
Flacco has eight touchdown passes with no interceptions on 93 pass attempts through playoff victories over Luck's Indianapolis Colts, Manning's Denver Broncos and Brady's New England Patriots. Luck, Manning and Brady combined for five touchdowns and five picks in those games.
Kaepernick has three touchdowns passing, two rushing and one interception in playoff victories over Rodgers' Green Bay Packers and Ryan's Atlanta Falcons. He made key plays in helping to turn a 17-0 deficit into a 28-24 victory over the Faclons on Sunday. Rodgers and Ryan generally played well against the 49ers while combining for five touchdown passes and two interceptions, although Ryan also lost a critical fumble.
Do we really have to wait two weeks for the Super Bowl?
Around the NFC West: Jan. 21, 2013 Arizona Cardinals Somers: Tom Moore in picture Urban: Fitz honors, LB to PB St. Louis Rams Thomas: Rob Ryan interviews San Francisco 49ers Maiocco: QB, DE revel in moment Kawakami: Kaepernick shines Purdy: Initial thoughts on win Inman: Bound for Super Bowl Branch: Wait over, TE Davis, D Price: Scene inside locker room Espninoza: Gore storms QB Seattle Seahawks Farnsworth: Special teams key Huard: Late-game defense Henderson: 2013 draft plans Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan couldn't stop the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens from advancing to the Super Bowl with quarterbacks from Nevada and Delaware, respectively.