Homecoming trip to Georgia for two 49ers

Homecoming trip to Georgia for two 49ers
January 18, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Georgia natives Carlos Rogers and Bruce Miller have already secured over 60 tickets to Sunday's NFC Campionship for friends and family. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- For two 49ers, Sunday's trip to Atlanta will be a homecoming.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers was born in Augusta, just over two hours east from the Georgia Dome and fullback Bruce Miller was born in Canton, GA, less than an hour north of the home of the Falcons. Each grew up rooting for the team they'll line up against in the NFC Championship Sunday.

"I was a Falcons fan growing up," Miller admitted. "I spent a lot of time there watching the Falcons. I did."

"It's special," Rogers said less than an hour before boarding the team buses and heading to the airport. "Especially playing in front of a lot of my friends and family."

Rogers and Miller each estimate that they have already secured around 30 tickets for loved ones.

In addition to his allotment from the team, Miller has purchased a block of tickets on StubHub, and he's not finished.

"I still need some more," Miller said with a smile. Across the locker room, Rogers also felt the pressures of providing tickets.

"Man, it's expensive though," the cornerback said.

It should be worth it for Rogers. In his eight NFL seasons, he's only played in the Georgia Dome before his hometown crowd twice.

Football is a business, and the 49ers' flight to Atlanta is very much a business trip. But for Rogers and Miller, stepping out of the tunnel and onto the Georgia Dome field is sure to elicit mixed emotions.

"I'm still a fan of the Falcons," Rogers admitted. "Just not this week."