49ers-Falcons final score: Notable stats and performances

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers wobbled at times in Week 16, but they took care of business late, defeating the Atlanta Falcons by a final score of 34-24. We've got a rundown of some of the notable performances.

The San Francisco 49ers clinched a playoff berth for the third straight season, and put together some fairly notable performances in doing so. It was far from a perfect game, but the 49ers took care of business. The 49ers continued their strong run of Monday Night Football appearances, with their record 45th MNF win.

The 49ers closed out Candlestick Park, and will take some records with them. The 49ers hold the record for most wins at their stadium, with 205. The Green Bay Packers are second at 198 and the Chicago Bears are third with 197. Both are likely to surpass the 49ers record in the near future.

Here are an assortment of notable stats and performances from the evening.

With The Win...

  • The 49ers clinched a berth in the playoffs for the third consecutive year under head coach Jim Harbaugh. He became the first coach in franchise history to lead the 49ers to the playoffs in each of their first three seasons.
  • Harbaugh registered his 35th regular season victory in his third season at the helm for the 49ers, the 2nd most wins by a head coach in his first three seasons in NFL History.

Most Wins By A Head Coach In

First Three Seasons

Rank

Coach

Wins

1.

George Seifert

38

2.

Jim Harbaugh

35

3t.

Chuck Knox

34

Barry Switzer

34

  • The 49ers improved their all-time record at Candlestick Park to 205-124-2, the most wins by a team in its current stadium.

Most Regular Season Wins In Current

Rank

Team

Stadium

Wins

1.

San Francisco 49ers

Candlestick Park

205

2.

Green Bay Packers

Lambeau Field

198

3t.

Chicago Bears

Soldier Field

197

San Diego Chargers

Qualcomm Stadium

197

5.

Kansas City Chiefs

Arrowhead Stadium

185

  • The 49ers notched their 45th win on Monday Night Football, which is the most in NFL history. San Francisco also improved to 3-1 all-time against the Falcons in games on Monday night.
  • The 49ers hosted their 36thMonday Night Football game at Candlestick Park, the most of any stadium in NFL history. San Francisco improved its record in Monday Night Football games at Candlestick Park to 25-11.

Most Monday Night Football Games

Hosted In NFL History

Rank

Stadium

Games

1.

Candlestick Park

36

2.

Sun Life Stadium

32

3.

Giants Stadium

30

4.

Texas Stadium

28

5t.

Soldier Field

25

Qualcomm Stadium

25

  • The 49ers improved their record on Monday Night Football to 45-25 since the merger, giving San Francisco the 2nd highest winning percentage in the NFL on Monday Night Football during that span (minimum 15 games).

Most Wins In Monday

Night Football History

Best Win Percentage In

Monday Night Football History

Rank

Team

Wins

Rank

Team

Pct.

1.

San Francisco 49ers

45

1.

Seattle Seahawks

0.724

2.

Dallas Cowboys

43

2.

San Francisco 49ers

0.643

3t.

Miami Dolphins

40

3.

Pittsburgh Steelers

0.625

Pittsburgh Steelers

40

4.

Indianapolis Colts

0.618

5.

Oakland Raiders

37

5.

Oakland Raiders

0.577

  • The 49ers extended their current winning streak to 5 games, becoming the only team in the NFL to sustain two separate winning streaks of at least 5 games this season. It marks the first time the 49ers have tallied two 5-game winning streaks in the same season since 1992, and only the 6th time they have accomplished that feat in franchise history. San Francisco's current 5-game winning streak is the longest active winning streak in the NFL.
  • The 49ers improved their all-time record against Atlanta to 46-30-1, and 24-10 against the Falcons at Candlestick Park.
  • The 49ers improved their record to 17-6 in the final four games of the regular season since 2008, which is tied for the 3rd best win percentage (.739) in the NFL during that span.

Best Win % In The Final Four Games

Of The Regular Season Since 2008

Rank

Team

Record

Win %

1t.

New England Patriots

20-3

.870

San Diego Chargers

20-3

.870

3t.

San Francisco 49ers

17-6

.739

Indianapolis Colts

17-6

.739

5. 

Baltimore Ravens

16-7

.696

  • The 49ers won their 7th consecutive regular season home finale.
  • The 49ers improved to 10-3 in the month of December since head coach Jim Harbaugh took over in 2011.
  • Harbaugh improved to 10-3 in primetime games since he took over in 2011, and 4-1 this season.
  • Harbaugh improved to 5-0 as a head coach on ESPN's Monday Night Football, and the 49ers earned their 6th consecutive victory on Monday Night Football.
  • Harbaugh improved his record against the NFC South to 4-2.

Lighting Up The Scoreboard

  • The 49ers have scored 30-or-more points in 8 games this season, the most by the team since 1998 (10 games).

Controlling The Ground

  • On the 49ers final two drives of the game, the team ran 14 plays (13 rushing, 1 passing) and rushed for 127 yds. and 2 TDs, while taking 8 minutes and 8 seconds off the clock.

Un-Bo-lievable

  • Late in the 4th qtr., LB NaVorro Bowman picked off Falcons QB Matt Ryan and returned it 89 yds. for a TD to seal the victory. It marked the longest INT return by a LB in franchise history. LB Patrick Willis held the previous record with a 86-yd. INT return for a TD at Sea. (9/14/08).

Closing It Out

  • On the final play of the game, CB Tramaine Brock registered his team-high 5th INT of the season, picking off Ryan in the end zone.

Applying The Pressure

  • DT Justin Smith brought Ryan, giving him 6.5 sacks on the season and 82.0 for his career. Since joining the 49ers in 2008, Smith has now registered 38.5 sacks, ranking 6th in franchise history.

Most Career Sacks In Franchise History

Rank

Player

Sacks

1.

Bryant Young (DT)

89.5

2.

Charles Haley (LB)

66.5

3.

Dana Stubblefield (DT)

46.5

4.

Dwaine Board (DE)

45.0

5.

Aldon Smith (LB)

42.0

6.

Justin Smith (DT)

38.5

7.

Chris Doleman (DE)

38.0

8.

Ahmad Brooks (LB)

33.0

9.

Andre Carter (DE)

32.0

10.

Jeff Stover (DE)

30.5

Franchise Frank

  • Gore played in his 131st game, tying Joe Perry for the most games played by a RB in 49ers franchise history
  • With a start against the Falcons, Gore has now started 43 consecutive games, which is the longest current streak among active RBs.

Q 1,000

  • WR Anquan Boldin registered 6 recepts. for 72 yds. and 1 TD. Boldin now has 6 TDs on the season and 64 career TDs.
  • With 72. Rec. yds. vs. Atl., Boldin finished the game with 1,030 rec. yds. on the season, marking his 6th 1,000-yd. season in his career and first since 2009.
  • With RB Frank Gore (1,114) and WR Anquan Boldin (1,030), it marks the first time the 49ers have had back-to-back seasons with a 1,000-yd. rusher and a 1,000-yd. receiver in each season since 2000-01 [2000: RB Charlie Garner - 1,142 yds. and WR Terrell Owens - 1,451 yds.; 2001: RB Garrison Hearst - 1,206 yds. and WR Terrell Owens - 1,412; 2012: RB Frank Gore - 1,214 yds. and WR Michael Crabtree - 1,105 yds.].
  • With 1 rec. TD against Atl., Boldin now has registered 9 rec. TDs on Monday Night Football during his career, the most among all active players.

Most Rec. TDs Among Active

Players On Monday Night

Rank

Player

Games

TDs

1.

Anquan Boldin

10

9

2.

Jimmy Graham

7

8

3t.

Marques Colston

13

7

Jason Witten

15

7

5.

Antonio Gates

14

6

Kapitalizing

  • With 51 yds. rushing on the night, QB Colin Kaepernick became just the 3rd QB in franchise history to rush for 500 yds. in a season.

Most Rushing Yds. By A QB In A

Single-Season In 49ers Franchise History

Rank

Player

Yds.

1.

Steve Young, 1992

537

2.

Billy Kilmer, 1961

509

3.

Colin Kaepernick, 2013

500

4.

Billy Kilmer, 1962

478

5.

Steve Young, 1998

454


  • Kaepernick completed 13 of 21 passes for 197 yds. with 1 TD and a passer rating of 108.6. When Kaepernick starts and registers a passer rating of 90.0 or higher, the 49ers are 14-0.

100 For Crabtree

  • WR Michael Crabtree registered his first 100-yd. game of the season, 8th of his career, tallying 5 recepts. for 102 yds. It marked Crabtree's first 100-yd. game since 12/30/12 vs. Arz. (8 recepts. for 172 yds. and 2 TDs).

The Streak Continues

  • Phil Dawson had made 26 consecutive FGs, the longest streak of consecutive FGs made in 49ers franchise history, going 2 for 2 against the Falcons.

Player (Timeframe)

FGs

1.

Phil Dawson (10/6/13 - present)

26

2.

Joe Nedney (11/26/06 - 9/30/07)

18

3.

Mike Cofer (12/4/88 - 10/1/89)

17

4t.

Wade Richey (12/27/98 - 11/7/99)

16

Gary Anderson (9/14/97 - 11/10/97)

16

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