Bowman’s pick-six seals Niners win in last game at the Stick.
In their last regular-season game at Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers used a late rally to secure a win over the Atlanta Falcons and a playoff berth.
In an emphatic finish, NaVarro Bowman, Colin Kaepernick and the Niners sealed a place in the post-season in a regular-season farewell to their stadium.
Bowman returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown with just over a minute remaining as the 49ers clinched a playoff spot with a 34-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
“That’s been the best thing I’ve ever seen happen in a football game,” coach Jim Harbaugh said, as reported by ESPN.
“Might’ve been close to ‘The Catch.’ ”
San Francisco still have a slim chance of winning a third consecutive NFC West crown, although they will require the Seattle Seahawks to lose to the St. Louis Rams on the final weekend of the regular season, while they must defeat the Arizona Cardinals.
Furthermore, with that same scenario they can also win the NFC’s top seed, along with a Carolina Panthers loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Nevertheless, for the time being it was an ideal way for the 49ers fans to bid farewell to their iconic stadium, although they could still host post-season games depending on the outcome of this weekend, with several famous faces attending the game.
Coach Harbaugh insisted during the week that they didn’t want to be the guys who “screw up the final game in Candlestick”, and with Kaepernick taking charge, they ensured they weren’t.
The 49ers are set to move into the $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium at team headquarters in Santa Clara next season.
— NFL (@nfl) December 24, 2013