Bowman's pick-six has not lost its luster

December, 26, 2013
12/26/13
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – When great plays happen, they get talked about for days.

Thus, it was no surprise that "The Pick" was still the first topic Thursday when the San Francisco 49ers met the media.

Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman caught a deflected pass and took it 89 yards for a touchdown to seal the 49ers' 34-24 victory over Atlanta in the final regular-season game at Candlestick Park. Bowman started the play as a pass-rusher and then shot back to the ball to try to make a tackle.

Thursday, San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the entire defense was perfect on the play.

“Everybody on that play did their job exactly correct, all 11 guys,” Fangio said. “Luckily it worked out. But it just goes to show when you execute, all 11 guys doing the right thing at the right time with the right amount of energy, good things can happen. And everybody was right on point on that play. And it’s something that we don’t call very often, don’t practice very often, but it’s always on the plan every week, and that was the time to use it.”

Fangio said it was an all-out blitz. He said he’s probably called the play three times this season.

“Just felt like it was the time based upon the situation and the way things were going,” Fangio said. “Obviously to get a pick-six is far-fetched, but we had a good down.”

Besides Bowman, cornerback Tramaine Brock and safety Eric Reid were particularly good on the play. Brock deflected the pass into the air, and Reid made great penetration on the blitz.

“It feels good to be part of it,” Brock said Thursday.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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