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49ers' 34-24 win over Falcons closes Candlestick Park

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Linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s 89-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed the 49ers 34-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Monday night at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

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A Christmas stocking stuffer that rivals any play in 49ers history, NaVarro Bowman and Tramaine Brock paired up for a play that will be remembered as “The Pick.”

After recovering an on-sides kick dashing the hopes of a guaranteed 49ers playoff berth, the Atlanta Falcons were on the doorstep from either taking the lead or kicking the game-tying field goal from the 4-yard line.

49ers’ cornerback Tramaine Brock jumped a slant route arriving simultaneously as the ball hit Harry Douglas’s hands.

The ball, now deflected and sitting in the air like a hanging Christmas tree ornament, rolled off into the waiting hands of NaVorro Bowman who was coming from the opposite direction behind the play.

Bowman doing his best impression of a wild, free-range stallion, raced untouched to the opposite end-zone for the game-sealing, playoff-securing touchdown.

“I’ve always said a lot of plays are made when you run to the ball.” Bowman said.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen happen in a football game,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Adding, with a smile that could have powered all the lights at Candlestick, “It was like a pick and roll. Unbelievable. I was ready to start calling timeouts to preserve time on the clock for when we got the ball back. I’m as happy as I can be.”

Starting fullback Anthony Dixon was equally joyous, “I was so happy for NaVorro to make that play. I looked up to the sky and said thanks you lord, blessed again.” I’m just so happy.”

The night was as special as it can get.

The game was an ESPN Monday Night Football telecast with closing ceremonies for Candlestick Park also on the agenda.

All week the 49ers were cognizant of the enormity of the evening adapting the battle cry of, “Don’t be the guys who screw up the final game at Candlestick.”

Something they almost did but will now have all been a part of a game that included a play that rivals “The Catch” made by Montana and Clark in 1987.

“The Pick” will be Brock and Bowman’s page in the Candlestick history books that gave the 49ers a win in the final game at “The Stick” in 2013.



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