It's not yet old hat, but watching the 49ers play in the NFC Championship game certainly is becoming a familiar way to kill three or four hours on a weekend day.
For the second consecutive season, they are competing for a Super Bowl berth, a mark of consistency that nicely connects the current team with the dynastic outfits of the 1980s and '90s.
Bet that local television and radio outlets are rejoicing at the prospect of Sunday's noon 49ers-Atlanta Falcons game in Atlanta, since big audiences are virtually guaranteed.
Also be assured the AFC Championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, will get plenty of attention.
Fox will televise the 49ers-Falcons game from Atlanta locally on Fox40.
CBS has the Ravens-Patriots game, televised locally on KOVR Channel 13.
The 49ers-Falcons game will be broadcast on AM 680 and AM 1320.
The Ravens-Patriots game will be broadcast on AM 1320.
The Bee's Matt Kawahara will host a live chat beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday and running throughout the 49ers-Falcons game.
For people looking to follow the game online on www.sacbee.com, The Sports Network will provide real-time highlights and updates.
Expect a flurry of "Kaepernicking" in honor of anything good/dramatic/amazing done by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. If you or your friends strike the pose and it happens to be photographed, please post the images to our 49ers Fan Photo gallery. Several photos already have been posted and are worth checking out.
Out and about
Finally, Bee sports editor Tom Couzens suggests in Thursday's Leading Off column several places to watch the games while enjoying a brew or other beverages with crowds of like-minded fans. It's not a definitive list, but it provides good options.