NaVorro Bowman's interception returned for a touchdown sealed the 49ers win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. Here is a complication of reactions from the 49ers players after the play:
Immediately after the game, Bowman thanked Jim Leavitt, his linebackers coach and Patrick Willis for keeping him calm after his blunder of missing the onside kick. He also credited Tramaine Brock for most of the play.
"It was an all-out blitz and I read the quarterback. T-Brock did a great job breaking up the play on the ball and I came up with it. That's my best play yet. I'm good for one interception a year."
Brock said he stayed true to his instincts on the play. Despite the interception being historic, he doesn't care what the name of it is, as it's another win to him.
"The ball was coming out and we had a lot of pressure [on the quarterback]. I followed my instincts and played my technique. It feels good to be a part of it; whatever they want to call it doesn't matter to me. We got the win and it helped the team out."
The 49ers head coach applauded the effort by both Bowman and Brock by comparing it to a pick-and-roll play in basketball. He also made a comparison to Justin Smith breaking up a screen against the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2011.
"There were great instincts, great determination and athleticism [on that play]. To think that they could go make that play, I just don't know the percentage of athletes who would first make that effort. From believing they can make the play and pull it off.”
Reid was responsible to bringing pressure on Matt Ryan as he threw the ball earlier than he wanted to. The safety said he did his part on the play and didn't realize what happened until Bowman hit the end zone.
I ran a blitz to the quarterback and they made a play when we needed it. I just ran through [the line and] was able to get there. I did my job. Aldon Smith was on my right, Bowman was supposed to be on the left. His instincts took over and he saw the ball. [We] brought the house and it worked. It was a gutsy call by [Vic Fangio]."
Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio:
Fangio said the all-out blitz play was called "Max Zero" which brought the heavy pass rush to the quarterback. It took all 11 players to do their job in order for the play to develop. He admitted the aggressive play call doesn't happen very often, but said that play was the right time to call it.
"All 11 guys did their job exactly correct. Luckily it worked out and it goes to show when you execute, when all the guys do the right thing at the right time, good things can happen. Everything was right on point that play. It's something we don't call very often or practice very often. It's always on the plan every week and that was the time to use it."