|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.7||2-1||2-1||27.3||18.3||317.0||(4.9)||1.7||26.3||15.7||405.0||(6.3)||3.7|
|Offense (All Games)||22.1||12.9||20.4||30:03||20-79||(4)||27-41||66.5%||262||(6.4)||61-341||(5.6)||(15.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.8||11.3||19.4||30:01||27-109||(4.1)||21-35||61.3%||224||(6.5)||61-334||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Offense Road Games||20.9||11.9||20.3||30:11||22-104||(4.8)||25-41||60.2%||247||(6)||63-350||(5.6)||(16.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.7||14.7||20.6||30:10||28-131||(4.6)||22-33||66.9%||255||(7.6)||62-386||(6.3)||(13.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.6||11.7||19.7||31:31||28-116||(4.2)||21-34||61.4%||225||(6.6)||62-341||(5.5)||(15.1)|
|Defense Road Games||29.3||15.6||20.0||30:15||30-142||(4.8)||21-31||69.2%||226||(7.4)||60-368||(6.1)||(12.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8||-0.4||13-5||42.0%||1-0||33.3%||2-42||(23.4)||2-13||(7.3)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.1||0.6||1.7||2.1||13-5||37.3%||1-0||45.5%||2-54||(23)||20-2||(9.9)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.7||0.9||2.6||-1.1||13-5||41.1%||1-0||33.3%||2-51||(25.3)||2-17||(7.7)||6-47|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.7||1.4|| ||13-6||46.2%||1-0||63.6%||1-33||(24.3)||2-15||(7.4)||7-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||14-5||37.9%||1-0||41.6%||2-46||(21.9)||19-2||(8.9)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.9||0.6||1.4|| ||13-6||44.4%||1-0||50.0%||2-41||(23.7)||2-11||(6.7)||5-45|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||2-1||1-2||25.0||15.3||344.0||(5.5)||0.7||14.7||8.0||253.0||(4.8)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||24.9||14.1||17.6||30:51||32-137||(4.2)||15-26||58.0%||179||(6.9)||58-316||(5.4)||(12.7)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.2||11.6||19.6||30:04||27-111||(4.1)||21-34||62.7%||221||(6.6)||60-332||(5.5)||(15)|
|Offense Home Games||22.6||14.6||17.6||30:52||31-126||(4)||15-27||56.6%||192||(7.1)||58-318||(5.5)||(14.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||16.3||7.1||17.1||29:09||25-98||(3.9)||20-35||57.6%||201||(5.7)||60-299||(5)||(18.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.5||11.3||19.5||30:23||28-115||(4.2)||21-34||61.3%||223||(6.6)||61-338||(5.5)||(15)|
|Defense Home Games||16.9||8.9||18.0||29:08||27-113||(4.2)||19-34||56.7%||210||(6.1)||61-323||(5.3)||(19.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.7||1.3||0.6||13-5||37.0%||1-0||70.0%||2-40||(21.7)||2-18||(8.2)||7-56|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||2.2||13-5||37.0%||1-0||50.6%||2-56||(23.8)||18-2||(8.9)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.6||0.6||1.1||0.9||13-4||33.3%||1-0||75.0%||2-48||(20.9)||2-14||(8.1)||6-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.8||1.9|| ||14-5||33.2%||1-0||33.3%||3-70||(20.5)||2-21||(8.5)||6-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||14-5||37.8%||1-0||43.4%||2-53||(22.7)||21-2||(9)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.3||0.7||2.0|| ||13-5||38.7%||1-0||33.3%||3-59||(19.5)||3-29||(10.7)||6-51|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 21.5, SAN FRANCISCO 20.8|
|11/17/2013||@ TAMPA BAY||28-41||L||2||L||43.5||O||20-152||24-43-268||3||38-186||20-25-224||0|
|12/8/2013||@ GREEN BAY||21-22||L||3.5||W||47.5||U||23-83||20-35-202||2||33-112||24-32-222||2|
|12/23/2013||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/17/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||20-23||L||3.5||W||49.5||U||22-81||17-31-115||1||23-92||30-43-295||3|
|12/15/2013||@ TAMPA BAY||33-14||W||-5||W||41||O||40-187||19-29-189||0||12-39||18-34-144||2|
|12/23/2013||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|ATLANTA: Atlanta finally transitioned to a pass-first offense in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's first year, though with new No. 1 back Steven Jackson replacing over-the-hill Michael Turner, they at least have the threat of a running game now. Koetter brought in more zone looks, and they should continue to move away from the man blocking of past regimes. Jackson can play three downs, but they may be careful with his workload to keep him fresh for the playoffs. They trust No. 2 back Jacquizz Rodgers in the passing game and on some runs out of spread looks, and they'll rotate Jason Snelling in as well.
The biggest addition Koetter made to the passing game was more bubble screens, which proved to be one of their best weapons. They use a lot of motion to create mismatches and effectively use bunch formations for added confusion. Roddy White remains Matt Ryan's favorite target, while Julio Jones is frequently used either downfield, or on those bubble screens. Ryan's second look is usually for TE Tony Gonzalez up the seam. Atlanta gets more balanced in the red zone, and that should hold true with Jackson replacing Turner as the red zone and goal line back.
The Falcons are hoping disgruntled DE Osi Umenyiora seriously helps a pass rush that totaled nine sacks in the second half of the year. Atlanta ranked 24th in yards allowed last season (366 YPG), but forced 31 turnovers (T-4th in NFL), including a dozen in the final five games. Atlanta departed with veteran DE John Abraham and CBs Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, but the secondary is still loaded with FS Thomas DeCoud (6 INT), CB Asante Samuel (5 INT) and rookie CB Desmond Trufant. The front seven has questions, but both top tacklers, LBs Sean Weatherspoon and Stephen Nicholas, are now healthy. |
|SAN FRANCISCO: The 49ers have a big, man-blocking offensive line and frequently use either a fullback or a second tight end. The backfield is a committee, but there are plenty of touches to go around. Frank Gore is still the leader, getting a feature back workload for all intents and purposes, and Kendall Hunter will spell him in their more traditional looks. They'll also run a ton of zone read stuff for Colin Kaepernick, and will use second-year man LaMichael James in those packages more frequently. Converted defensive end Bruce Miller is strictly a blocker at fullback. Marcus Lattimore will likely have a redshirt year.
It's a lot of play-action, pistol formations and a lot of moving around for Kaepernick. His No. 1 target Michael Crabtree will be sidelined until at least December, and is more of a possession receiver, while TE Vernon Davis is going to stretch the field more often than either starting receiver. The Niners don't use a lot of three- and four-receiver looks, but they could rotate A.J. Jenkins into the game more often to provide more long speed on the outside. Mario Manningham is a question mark for the start of the season coming off torn knee ligaments. Gore takes about half their touches inside the 10 and will maintain goal line duties. They will let Kaepernick do his thing near the goal line.
The 49ers defense was truly elite last year (17.1 PPG allowed, 2nd in NFL; 294 total YPG allowed, 3rd in NFL). It might be even better in 2013 after adding CB Nnamdi Asomugha, rookie FS Eric Reid and DT Glenn Dorsey. DEs Aldon Smith (19.5 sacks) and Justin Smith are both healthy, and ILBs NaVorro Bowman (148 tackles) and Patrick Willis (120 tackles) comprise the best linebacker duo in the NFL. CB Tarell Brown (13 PD) is an underrated corner and SS Donte Whitner provides quite a wallop when making a tackle. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (ATLANTA-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Falcons-49ers Preview* =======================
By ELI KABERON STATS Writer
The San Francisco 49ers hope to close out Candlestick Park with a celebration of their return to the playoffs.
If they haven't already clinched a postseason berth before this game, the 49ers could take care of it on their own Monday night when they meet the Atlanta Falcons in the final regular-season game at the stadium the team has called home since 1971.
"There will be tremendous memories from everybody that's ever played there," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "That's why it's important for us not to screw it up and make sure we get this win this (Monday)."
San Francisco (10-4) will have a playoff spot wrapped up well before kickoff if Arizona loses at Seattle on Sunday. That result would give the 49ers a wild-card spot and the NFC West to the Seahawks. However, if the Cardinals snap Seattle's 14-game home winning streak, San Francisco would need a win to clinch a playoff berth and still have a shot at the West title.
While it seems unlikely the Niners will win the division and host a playoff game, this could be the final game at Candlestick, where they have an 18-4-1 regular-season record since the start of 2011.
The 49ers have won four consecutive games overall, thanks largely to an improved offense. Colin Kaepernick has a 104.7 passer rating with seven touchdown passes and one turnover in that span after committing 12 through the first 10 games. Frank Gore has rushed for 196 yards over the past two weeks, including big runs to seal wins over Seattle and Tampa Bay.
Gore recorded his seventh 1,000-yard season in last Sunday's 33-14 victory over the Buccaneers.
"Frank's an amazing running back. I feel like he's the most underrated running back in the NFL. He does everything for our offense," Kaepernick said. "He runs the ball. If we ask him to block, he does it. If we ask him to catch a pass, he does it. What he means to this team and what he contributes really can't be quantified."
Facing the Falcons, the combination of Gore and Kaepernick could do some damage. The 49ers rank fifth in the NFL with 137.1 rushing yards per game and are tied for second with 16 touchdowns on the ground. Atlanta's run defense ranks among the bottom five in the league with 131.4 yards allowed per game and 4.6 per carry.
These teams are meeting for the first time since the NFC championship game in Atlanta. The Falcons lost 28-24, and things continued to go wrong this season.
Atlanta (4-10) will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
"That was then, this is now. It's the next game," Harbaugh said of the rematch aspect. "We desperately want to win. I'm sure they feel the same way. It certainly has been evidenced this whole season that everybody's fighting tooth and nail for wins. No team, no exception. The competition has been the most heated."
The Falcons haven't just given up, winning two of their last three games. The defense has forced 11 turnovers in that span after causing eight through the first 11 games.
Atlanta forced seven last Sunday and held of Washington 27-26.
"The first (point of emphasis) is winning the turnover battle and the second one is winning the explosive battle," coach Mike Smith said. "You put those two things together, and it's the toxic differential that you look at. More times than not, the teams that are in the top 12, most of those teams are in the playoffs."
Allowing big plays remains a problem. Atlanta, outgained 476-243 last week, has given up 59 plays of 20 yards or more to rank in the bottom half of the league. The 49ers have allowed 36, second-fewest in the NFL.
San Francisco had dominated Atlanta at Candlestick, going 17-2 between 1983 and 2001 when the teams met annually as members of the NFC West. Since the Falcons changed divisions, they've won all four meetings with two coming in San Francisco.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 10:26:30 AM EST|