49ers 34, Falcons 24

The 49ers closed down Candlestick in epic fashion Monday night, parlaying the worst defensive outing of the year into a nail-biting, season on the brink, game ending moment, and then watching Navorro Bowman save the day with a legendary 89 yard pick six that beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-24.

Only moments before the game altering play, Bowman had seized the goat horns by whiffing on an onsides kick, giving Atlanta the opportunity to win the game. But just like in the NFC Championship game last year, Falcons QB Matt Ryan coughed away the game at the 49ers ten yard line. In that game, it was — you guessed it — the same Navorro Bowman who broke up Ryan’s last gasp 4th down pass that nailed down the Niner trip to the Super Bowl.

Bowman will not by on Ryan’s Christmas card list, now or in his haunted dreams thirty years from now.

Bowman would not have made his mad dash to the end zone without the terrific defensive effort of Tramaine Brock, who wrestled the ball out of the Atlanta WR Harry Douglas’ hands and into the air for Bowman to glide underneath, haul it in, and head down the side line to glory. It was a redemptive moment for Brock, also, since he had played his worst game of the year up to that point.

The hoopla surrounding the last game ever to be played at Candlestick park had overshadowed this game for the entire week leading up to it. And Atlanta was supposed to be a pushover. Apparently, the 49ers felt that way, but Atlanta did not.

The Niner offense did not show up to play until the second half. The defense had no pass rush whatsoever, missed tackles all night long, couldn’t cover anybody, and looked nothing at all like a championship caliber unit. Bowman turned all of that into afterthought, but the effectiveness of the hurry up offense employed by the Falcons was surely noticed by our potential playoff opponents. Especially those in Philadelphia, where a hurry up offense is the base offense.

The end game theatrics overshadowed what should have been a monster, game ending drive by the 49ers earlier in the 4th quarter. Nursing a three point lead, the team took the ball at their own 24 yard line and rammed it down the Falcons’ throats with six straight in-your-face rushing plays, highlighted by Kendall Hunter’s 45 yard run, to score a touchdown and seemingly put the game out of reach. Oh, no, Nanette.

As Bowman rumbled toward glory with the game winning interception return, all I could think of was, “You lucky sons of bitches.”

Atlanta players probably just shrugged and said, “What a miserable effing season.”

But up in Seattle and especially down there in Arizona, reactions were no doubt much, much different. The Cardinals went from a win-and-you’re-in home game next Sunday to a desperate win-and-hope-the-Saints-lose scenario. Arizona DT Darnell Dockett, a loud and avid Niner hater, will no doubt be ordering new furnishings for his home today after demolishing everything in his house while Bowman chugged downfield.

For Seattle, aside from just plain hating the Niners, they now face a must win game against the Rams on Sunday to avoid possibly falling from the number one seed and home field advantage to the number five wild card seed and no home games at all. The 2013 season has come down to the last weekend, and it should be a good one.

Before that, however, we’ll take a short break and wish you all a Merry Christmas.

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66 comments on “49ers 34, Falcons 24
  1. tonyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs …I too was thinking “how f-ing lucky are we when Bowman got that pick-6″… but you know what they say,…Sometimes lucky is better than good! As for Seattle….I HATE that team and those fans more than ANY other…so much so, that I’d seriously consider trading a “Super Bowl” appearance for the division win and see Seattle knocked to the 5th seed….well almost …..by the way Skeebs…I’d like to wish you and your family….and everyone else on here a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year …and go Niners!!! 馃檪

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Tony, good to hear from you.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s a good one, from a franchise that ain’t so good:

    “Lions sent fans playoff tickets, then were eliminated.”

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Things were looking grim last night.
    The Dirtybirds had the game tied and were going to bleed the clock and a possible lead. The clock was under 90 seconds and Mo was clearly on the visiting team’s sideline. Then a great defense
    did what great defenses do. They make the big game changing play.
    What was remarkable about Bowman’s pick was he was in the middle of the field and hustled out to the flat and gave everyone an early Christmas present.
    What Bowman gave to Niner fans won’t be regifted.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This is the definitive video of the “Pick at the Stick”
    because it shows Bowman running down the Niner sideline
    and past some legends. The Journey soundtrack just fits.


  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m still in disbelief that in the last two games we let struggling offenses catch their rhythm by going with 3 man fronts and rushes.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think if Atlanta played this well all season they would be in, or at least playing for the play-offs. The officiating sure helped them too.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:



  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It has been revealed that Vernon Davis was on the sideline because he got poked in the eye in the 2nd quarter although he later came back in the game. he said it was nothing but it seemed to be a factor.
    Might explain his being shutout and he might want to add an eye shield like all the LBs wear now except for Brooks.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    How appropriate that the Niner’s BOWman has put an arrow in them 2 years in a row and brought down the dirtybirds.
    Apparently Navarro is not a bird lover, especially dirty ones.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bingo,Begd. I didn’t enjoy that 3man front. Even with 4 or 5 we weren’t getting pressure. Ryan’s too good to give all that time to.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What a way to get into the play-offs. To sit there Gumby shouldered and then a moment later looking for penalty flags knowing how the officiating crew was looking like they were on the take, then a moment later seeing no penalty flags resulting in total jubilation! The Pick At The Stick!!!

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners did throw some screen passes yesterday.
    Boldin scored on a WR screen
    Noteworthy that Boldin became a 1000 yd receiver yesterday.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The 270lb slot receiver can’t catch worth a lick but he can definitely block. He had a really nice block on Boldin’s TD.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of blocking, I found myself laughing a couple of times while watching Tukuafu just flatten people.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Can’t get enough of The Pick at the Stick.
    Ted Robinson’s call on KNBR


  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Going forward, Greg Roman might have less rhythm than Steve Martin in “The Jerk”. Gore was getting about 7 yards per carry in the 1st quarter and he would not ride that strength. He just kept outsmarting himself.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Every time I watch that ball roll over the receiver’s helmet, all I can do is laugh.

    There were some ghosts out there last night, guiding that one into NaVorro’s arms.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    On the Gonzalez TD, he got open by throwing the SF DB to the ground. The ref in the corner of the end zone was looking straight at it and didn’t toss the flag.

  20. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Merry Christmas all. What a crazy “f”ing game. It’s funny but we are 11-4 and still bitching. Gotta love us 49er fans.

  21. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, same thing on the offensive PI on Crabs. The DB grabs him and pulls his arm and that’s offensive PI? Again, a bunch of nonsensical calls.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They did call pass interference on the Gonzales TD, against us. And they also called roughing the QB on the same play, which was phantom. That was some of the worst officiating I’ve ever seen.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From 49er Chatter authored by Jack Hammer (has to be nom de plume) Subject is 49er Mythbusters and you do hear the following a lot.

    “The 49ers offense is so predictable with Gore. You know he is running it up the middle”

    ” On the season, 57% of Frank Gore’s runs have been outside the tackles. That is the 3rd highest percentage of all backs in the league and trails only Mike Tolbert and DeAngelo Williams of Carolina, both are part time backs and going into week 16, Gore had 35 more attempts than the two combined.

    This stat should not come as a shock to anyone. The 49ers bread and butter running play is the Power O, an off tackle play in which the fullback kicks out the end man on the line of scrimmage and the backside guard pulls around to lead the back through the hole.

    If you fall into the category of those who believe these myth’s to be true, never fear. You’re not alone.”

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It was more Gore up the middle in the Singletary Era; some folks just react in a knee jerk way anytime we run now. Harbaugh’s running game is to Singletary’s as nuclear physics is to alchemy.

    You don’t see Gore running many sweeps to the edge, but that is NOT the same thing as always running in the middle. The 49ers love their off-tackle and trap game with their pulling linemen.

    Now if we can just develop a passing game to go with it, and move away from the Sardine Can so much…

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit, Grumpy- Last night Gruden said we keep trying to run the Jumbo and it is not working. Should I write him a letter to explain the SCO? LOL! BTW, I just had a can of sardines with some crackers.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niner Faithful had a reason to be loud last night.
    Nobody was trying to break any fake crowd noise records, just pure, raw emotion in reacting to an epic defensive play.
    (courtesy of BASportsGuy)


  27. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t forget the Roman candles . . .

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First there was Nnamdhi and Kerry Washington.
    Now it’s Garret Celek’s turn to marry someone almost famous

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    At least the RCO is not running as much SCO in the last 5 games. What we need now is to teach the RCO a little rhythm!

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another video from Niner PR dept.
    Hope the memories to come at Levi’s Stadium come close to matching the many great moments we’ve had at the Stick.


  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- Check out the 39 second mark. Milt McColl makes a sack. He was a team mate of mine when I was in Junior All American Football! The whole video was great!

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I thought losing Miller would lose the jumbo calls but no such luck. They had Tukafu and Kilgore in the backfield on a few plays

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- Tukuafu pulverizes people. He had to have at least 3 pancakes yesterday, maybe more. I was laughing my ass off watching him block!

  34. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just sent my drunk neighbor home. Now it is my turn to get drunk, as if I’m not there already. Can anybody say ‘Anti NoFear Time’! Yes! Music videos!


  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Merry Christmas everybody!


  36. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    One of the greatest artists of all time, and I still think he’s under appreciated. Louis Armstrong’s, “‘Zat You, Santa Claus?”

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Satchmo is under appreciated? That’s funny. He’s as revered as anybody who ever played music. Nice selection!

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I see TSO has upped their game since I’ve seen them. Now they have flying guitarists. So reminds me of a Jethro Tull show from the 70s.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sunday is the end of the road for another stadium, The Metrodome.
    The Twins made more memories there than the Vikes characterized by the Hefty bag outfield walls. Football claim to fame was the collapse of the Teflon roof.

    From 1960

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I love how they snuck in a couple of Carol Of the Bells rifts on the Stairway to Christmas guitar lead.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Terrel Pryor has been named the starter this week for the Raiduhs and his dumber than dumb agent says his head coach is setting Pryor up for failure. It’s time to fire your agent Terrel.

    Andre Rieu comes on an US tour every 2-3 years and the members of his orchestra are young and enthusiastic.
    This Dutchman makes classical music fun.


  42. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Must be nice to have your own agent ASSUME that you are going to fail. Merry Effing Christmas, Terrel…

    Of course, the Raiders technically set him up for failure when they DRAFTED him. Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter…

    Merry Christmas to all my favorite mooks. 馃檪

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Very cleverly done by a talented lady.


  44. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    My favorite line from “A Christmas Story” (1983) is when Ralphie, after painstakingly using his Orphan Annie decoder ring to only find out, “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!”

    Makes me laugh every time. Merry Christmas

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There were good Christmas songs to listen to today! The Warriors game is on, I hope I can stay up to the end. One more time, Merry Christmas everybody.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    According to the Seattle Post Intel Petey has to make a roster move to bring back suspended CB Thurmond and might finish Percy Harvin for the year by placing him on IR.
    Reactions by 12th Man Seahag fans are none too supportive

    “I will provide some “clarity” on Percy Harvin.
    HE IS A RIP-OFF Faker!
    Took $20 MILLION up front and KNEW HE WAS HURT!
    His horrendous contract will HAMPER the Seahawks for YEARS!
    Trading away our 1st and two 3rd round picks will bite us in the rear-end!~
    Petey boy just had to have his little “toy”, regardless of the cost to the team and organization.
    Even if we cut Harvin, he will still be $10 Million against the salary cap!”

    Who knew Seahag fans called him Petey Boy!
    Vikes are owed a 3rd rd pick in 2014 and $25 mil of the contract extension is guaranteed money.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting reaction by one fan. Looks like we are better off with a 270lb slot receiver!

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bowman made the big, game changing TD play to ensure the victory on Monday night.
    It overshadows the monster game that Patrick Willis had. 18 total tackles 15 solo 3 tackled for loss and 1 pass defensed.

    The core of the Niner defense are their LBs.

    Anyway another video from Niners PR dept. The game remix


  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niner PR Dept is just releasing one video after another and I don’t mind watching them all.


  50. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Looks like Aaron Rodgers will start this Sunday vs the Bears. That’s shaping up as a WC game in January, in Green Bay vs Rodgers and the Pack.

    It was a nice playoff run while it lasted.

  51. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    We’re better off rooting for Kyle Orton and then losing to Arizona so we get the 6 seed and would open up in Dallas. Like I always say…

    How bout dem Cowboys!

  52. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Lawrence Welk fan are ya, Bullitt? Or are you still wishing for some testicles next Christmas?


  53. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Ramones are so good, I had to play them 3 times.

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here are all the videos of the post game ceremonies at the Closing of the Stick


  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Sorry I don’t speak troll.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Patrick Willis is a humble man and shows what leadership is all about and that he’s quite the hitter. Damn in his 7th year, where would the Niners be without him?


  57. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Petey Boy? Sounds like something you’d say. In fact that whole post sounds like you. Patting yourself on the back?

    I see random9erfan disappeared. And you were the only one who cared. Curious, no?

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    For the last time I do not post on your blog. Congratulations if your intent is to drive posters off your blog because you’re succeeding.
    If I had control of all these guys you accuse me of being I’d post just to spite you and your little deep thinking friends who continue to play this version of ‘Where’s Waldo”.

    The Seahag post was made 2 days ago. It sounds like me? I forgot you’re a deep thinking conspiracy theorist troll.

  59. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  60. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, Bullit, they seem to be getting a pretty good laugh out of it. Skeebs already ratted you out, so why deny?

    The seahawk post was made 2 days ago? Then it couldn’t be you! Sound logic there, skippy.

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You keep saying Skeebs ratted me out. REALLY?

    As I recall you accused him of something and he denied it was him
    and then you started jumping to conclusions in your usual manner
    saying if it wasn’t Skeebs then it must be me.

    As usual just Chuck throwing all his BS on the wall and seeing what sticks.

    This is just another big lie in your smear campaign trying to cover his shortcomings and low self esteem.

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09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
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2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
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