Here's your box score: With emotions already running high on their last night in Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers football team beat the Atlanta Falcons 34 - 24 to win themselves a trip to the playoffs. The game ended on a dramatic note, thanks to NaVarro Bowman's hands being placed in exactly the right place at exactly the right time: Bowman made an interception on a crucial Falcons drive to send Candlestick out on a high note and inspire multiple candle-related headlines. Afterwards, there were fireworks.
The interception and ensuing 89-yard touchdown was a bit of a redemption story for Bowman, who earlier had let an onsides kick get past him, putting the Falcons within a Field Goal's distance of a win. At least Coach Harbaugh called it one of the greatest plays he's ever seen. It "might have even been close to "The Catch.'"
Anyhow, it was reportedly a "party atmosphere" at Candlestick Park and also Jim Harbaugh's 50th birthday. Happy birthday, Coach, we got you a win. SFist Niners Correspondent Daisy will have a proper recap waiting for you tomorrow morning, until then the highlight reel is below (Bowman interception at 1:40). For the completists, here are the playoff scenarios explained. And for the casual fan, here is a gif of Colin Kaepernick getting leveled. Ouch.
And those fireworks: