Skip to main content
  1. Tech
  2. Gadgets & Tech
  3. Internet

49ers Close Out Candlestick in Grand Style

See also

What a way to say goodbye to an old friend.

More Photos

In the last regular season game ever at aging, worn down Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers came away with a wild 34-24 victory against the Atlanta Falcons after Niners linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s electrifying 89-yard touchdown run sealed the win with less than two minutes to go on the final Monday Night Football game of the season.

Playing in front of a raucous, sold out crowd of more 70,000, a national television audience and some of the greatest players ever to have played in Candlestick Park, including Jerry Rice and Willie Mays, the 49ers, by virtue of their victory, guaranteed themselves a spot in the upcoming NFL playoffs. Barring an upset in the final week of the season, Monday night's game was the ever at the 53-year-old stadium that's played host to some of the most famous moments in San Francisco history, including the Joe Montana touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the 1982 NFC Championship Game forever known as The Catch, the 1989 Earthquake during the World Series and the Beatles last ever public concert in 1966.

After recovering the onside kick following a touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzales, the Falcons were in good position to pull off a stunning upset and payback against the 49ers in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game. But with just 1:31 left in the game, Ryan tossed a quick pass to wide receiver Harry Douglas, but the ball was batted away by cornerback Tramaine Brock and into the hands of Bowman, who then burst down the field to score before being dogpiled by ecstatic teammates in the endzone, while etching his name in 49er history with one of the most spectacular defensive plays ever and perhaps a fitting finale for a stadium that’s hosted a record 36 Monday Night Football games, two World Series and five Super Bowl winning teams.

After the game, 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, called Bowman’s touchdown, “one of the greatest plays I’ve ever seen” and “the best birthday present I’ve ever gotten” on his 50th birthday. And for NaVorro Bowman, it was sweet redemption as he failed to protect the football on the Falcons’ onside kick just minutes earlier.

First there was The Catch, then The Catch II. Now after Navarro Bowman’s stunning touchdown, fans and sports analysts are calling it The Pick to Close Out the Stick. If that was the last game ever at Candlestick Park, the 53-year-old stadium sure went out in style.


Don't Miss

  • Massive
    Ubisoft Massive exclusive: 'The Division', PS4 & Xbox One, Activision to Ubisoft & more
    Games Exclusive
  • iPhone
    Get your wallet ready: The next iPhone could cost $100 more than your last one
    Tech Buzz
  • Civ
    Need to catch up on 'Sid Meier's Civilization'? Here is everything you need to know
    Games Feature
  • Google Glass
    See how Google Glass is letting sick kids go to the zoo without leaving the hospital
    Tech News
  • Upcoming
    These are 2014's biggest PS4, Xbox One and Wii U games
    Games Feature
  • Google
    Google has filed for a patent to develop contact lenses capable of taking photos

Related Videos:

  • Roku Streaming Stick - HDMI version
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Syren Pro
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Omniverse hypothesis prevails over Mars opposition
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!