49er Fans Spill on to City Streets

No vandalism, just lots of cheering following 49er victory

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    49ers Fans around the Bay Area celebrated the team's victory over the Falcons. Monte Francis reports. (Published Monday, Jan 21, 2013)

     Crowds spilled into the streets in parts of the Mission and Excelsior districts this afternoon following the San Francisco 49ers' 28-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in today's National Football Conference Championship Game, according to police.

    Large crowds of celebrating fans have been reported in the Mission District, and at one point a crowd took over parts of Mission Street near Silver Avenue, Officer Gordon Shyy said this evening.

    Police are out in force in those areas, however, and officers have not seen the sort of vandalism and crowds that followed the San Francisco Giants' World Series win in October 2012, Shyy said.

    "We anticipated large crowds coming in to the city to watch the game, so we do have substantial resources to address any problems that result," Shyy said.

    There were about a dozen people arrested for public drunkenness, according to reports. 

    "We're already planning for the Super Bowl," Shyy added.

    The Super Bowl is scheduled to take place Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

    In the game, Frank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.

    The top-seeded Falcons (14-4) tried to pull out another season-saving drive at the end, but Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass for Roddy White with 1:13 remaining was knocked down by San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman.
     The 49ers (13-4-1) will meet the Baltimore Ravens who won won the AFC title game against the New England. San Francisco will be trying to join Pittsburgh as the only teams with six Super Bowl championships. 
    The victory was sweet redemption for the 49ers, who lost an overtime thriller to the New York Giants a year ago in the NFC title game.