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The 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football in Week 16. The 49ers can clinch a playoff berth with a win in what is likely the final game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers are 14-point favorites looking to win their fifth straight game. We take a look at pertinent details related to the game, as well as provide an open thread for discussion of the first quarter. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

Ezra Shaw

The San Francisco 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football in Week 16. The 49ers are 10-4 and look to close out Candlestick Park with a win and a playoff berth. The 49ers can clinch a spot in the postseason with a win. Furthermore, a win moves them a game up on the Saints for the No. 5 seed, and a game back of the Seahawks in the NFC West. The Falcons are 4-10, and even with two wins in three games, they remain in the draft pick sweepstakes.

The 49ers are 14-point favorites. They covered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, although that final score was a bit deceiving. The Bucs cut the game to a six-point deficit before a ten point swing put it out of reach. The 49ers dominated time of possession, but they got tripped up by the Bucs hurry-up offense. We'll see if the Falcons bust out some hurry up.

This will be your first quarter game thread, and we'll be back with a new thread each quarter. We'll wrap things up with a recap thread.

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Date: December 23, 2013
Time: 5:40 p.m. PT
Location: Bill Walsh Field @ Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Odds Shark Spread: 49ers -14
Weather: 56 degrees, N 3 mph
TV Broadcast: ESPN - Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 810 KGO - Ted Robinson, Eric Davis
Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Tim Ryan
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860 - Erwin Higueros, Jesus Zarate
Falcons Coverage: The Falcoholic

GO NINERS!