Thursday, April 24, 2014

49ers rally to beat Falcons

SAN FRANCISCO—NaVorro Bowman got burned on an onside kick that could have cost the 49ers a win, and the thought of that stung.
For a few plays is all.

Everything changed in a hurry when San Francisco’s standout linebacker ended up with a loose ball in his hands and ran 89 yards to seal a 34-24 victory against the Atlanta Falcons last night and another 49ers playoff berth in the final regular-season game at iconic Candlestick Park.
“I was the guy who missed the ball on the onside kick,” Bowman said. “My coach (Jim Leavitt) just said let it go, move on to the next play. It kind of stayed on my back, but I was able to overcome it and make a play.”
Tramaine Brock broke up a pass intended for Harry Douglas and Bowman grabbed the ball and started running.
“Just kind of pick-and-roll like,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen happen in a football game. It might have been close to ‘The Catch.’”
In other NFL action yesterday: the Cardinals beat the Seahawks 17-10; the Steelers crushed the Packers 38-31; the Eagles soared over the Bears 54-11; the Patriots clipped the Ravens’ wings 41-7l; and the Chargers jolted the Raiders 26-13.

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