First of all, Merry Christmas to everyone who is reading this. Here are some extra notes from the 49ers 34-24 win over the Falcons upon further film review:
-When looking deeper at the interception (and only turnover of the game) by NaVorro Bowman, Tramaine Brock and Eric Reid were responsible for majority of it. Reid came in unblocked on a safety blitz to force a premature throw by Matt Ryan. Brock made a play on the ball after Harry Douglas couldn't hold on to knock the ball back. NaVorro Bowman was initially supposed to guard the center of the field, but moved over towards the ball on instinct being ready to make a tackle if needed. It was optional for him to blitz, but it worked out perfectly as Bowman was in the right place and right time to score what could be the final touchdown in Candlestick Park in the most dramatic fashion possible.
-Eric Reid allowed his first touchdown when he and Carlos Rogers couldn't pick up Roddy White on a deep throw. Ryan placed it perfectly for the veteran receiver to make a play behind the rookie safety. Reid took some bad angles in coverage and in tackling as the Falcons were a threat in the passing game all night long.
-Carlos Rogers had another bad game this year when covering Roddy White. Matt Ryan kept using White as the go-to guy throughout the game. The 59-yard pass to Drew Davis was an example where he gambled to try and intercept or knock the ball loose. Rogers has a $9 million cap hit in 2014 and games like this would be a sign he becomes one of the first cap casualties in the offseason.
-Colin Kaepernick didn't look good in the first half as was most of the offense. The reason for this? The 49ers wide receivers weren't open because the Falcons had press coverage on Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. Atlanta wanted to avoid any underneath catch-and-runs or slants at all costs so the passing game was halted. Adjustments in the second half were perfect by Greg Roman as Kaepernick had space to throw to either Boldin or Crabtree.
-Will Tukuafu made his 2013 debut after spending most of the season as a free agent when the 49ers reached an injury settlement with him back in September. He was the first fullback (not Anthony Dixon) to enter the field but both players were near even in snap count. Tukuafu laid a few important blocks for Frank Gore as he didn't show any signs of rust after three months.
-Speaking of the fullback position, only one third of the 49ers plays had a FB on the field. There were several single-back and pistol formations used on offense. It wouldn't be surprising if this continues with Bruce Miller out for the season.
-Vance McDonald and Vernon Davis were both shutout in the passing game, but they laid an important block on one play. On a short pass to Anquan Boldin, Davis and McDonald both created a whole for the veteran WR to run through on a set screen play. Contributions were also important in the running game for Frank Gore.
-The pass rush was non-existent from Aldon Smith or Ahmad Brooks at the OLB position. Atlanta double teamed Smith frequently and Ryan had all day to throw the ball. This will be a slight concern for teams who have a decent offensive line going forward.
-Ted Robinson's call of the interception will give 49ers fans the most goosebumps, but I thought Mike Tirico's call had good quality to it. On a national scale, it was professional but exciting like it should be.