Here is the opening to my Monday column about the Niners beating the Falcons:

ATLANTA — The 49ers are going to the Super Bowl.

Savor that thought. Not long ago, the 49ers were a joke, a poorly managed outfit that accomplished nothing and had zero standing in the NFL. This went on for years.

On Sunday in the loud Georgia Dome, noise bouncing off the artificial turf and the stands and the steel girders — it was the sound of going insane — the Niners beat the Atlanta Falcons, a good team playing at home. The 49ers took the next step — more like a leap — to a business trip in New Orleans against the Baltimore Ravens, where their ultimate dream just may come true.

What they did against the Falcons, coming from behind to win 28-24, was among the greatest performances by any team I ever covered in any sport at any time.

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