Week 16: San Francisco 49ers 34, Atlanta Falcons 24- Post Game Thoughts

The 49ers survive at home, the final game at the “Stick”, 34-24 over the Atlanta Falcons.  I have to give credit to the Falcons for staying competitive.  Matt Ryan had a nice night until the final two minutes of the game and he made a nice connection with the surging Roddy White all night long.  The Niners had a slow start to the game, only scoring 3 points in the first half.  Then, they were able to run off 17 unanswered points en route to a 20-10 lead.  Atlanta did fight back and eventually were down 27-24 with just over two minutes left in regulation.  They were able to recover an onside kick (which skipped right past Novorro Bowman) and had a chance to take the lead or tie the game.  Unfortunately for Matty Ice, he was intercepted on that final go-ahead drive by the aforementioned Bowman.  He then took it back to the house (89 yards) and promptly put the home team up by ten.  Obviously the Dirty Birds were unable to erase that deficit and fell in bone-crushing fashion.  I do give the Falcons some credit for staying competitive in a game where not many expected them to play well.  They came close to downing the 49ers in their final home game at Candlestick Park and caused a lot of people to sweat.  However, the Niners showed off why they are a playoff team (an honor which they qualified for with this “W”) by making a big play in crunch-time.  This is a hot team that not too many people will want to face come playoff time.  Although they did not play their best game at home against an inferior team, they did get the job done and that is what all of the best teams do.  The Falcons can feel proud about the effort they put forth on Monday night, but apparently San Francisco was meant to win this game.

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