Monday, December 23, 2013
Top stats to know: Falcons at 49ers
By ESPN Stats & Information
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The 49ers host their last regular-season game at Candlestick Park Monday night against the Falcons.
The San Francisco 49ers will look to close out their final season at Candlestick Park in the same manner in which they often have performed there-- with a win. Here's a look at some of the top stats to know from their "Monday Night Football" meeting with the Atlanta Falcons.
1. The 49ers will clinch a playoff berth with a win, but if they lose, they will have to win or tie on the road against the Arizona Cardinals to make the playoffs. The 49ers have the NFL’s longest winning streak. They’ve won four straight games overall.
2. As Colin Kaepernick goes, so go the 49ers. Entering the week, his Total QBR in wins (85.8) ranked fourth-best in the NFL and his Total QBR in losses (17.4) ranked next-to-last, ahead of only Geno Smith.
Kaepernick has made two previous starts on Monday Night Football and posted QBRs of 97.4 against the Chicago Bears and 90.6 against the Washington Redskins.
3. Tight end Vernon Davis enters the day with a touchdown catch in five straight games. It’s the longest streak by a 49ers player since Terrell Owens had a five-game streak in 2001. The 49ers record is a 13-game streak by Jerry Rice, spanning 1986 and 1987.
4. The one thing that the Falcons have going for them: They are 6-0 on the West Coast under Mike Smith, which dates back to the 2008 season.
The biggest problem they will face on offense is trying to throw deep on the 49ers defense. The 49ers have allowed opponents to complete only 32 percent of their throws at least 15 yards downfield this season, the lowest opponents’ completion percentage in the NFL.
The 49ers are also the only team in the NFL that hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in a game this season. They are allowing 99.4 yards per game on the ground (sixth-best in the NFL) and 1.2 yards after contact per rush.
5. This will be the last regular-season game played in Candlestick Park, which opened in 1960 and ranks as the NFL’s third-oldest active stadium, behind Soldier Field (opened in 1924) and Lambeau Field (which opened in 1960).
The 49ers have won 62 percent of their regular-season games at Candlestick and are 20-7 there in the playoffs, including wins in the 1981, 1984, 1989 and 1994 NFC Championships.
This will be the 36th time Monday Night Football has visited Candlestick Park, the most of any stadium. (Sun Life Stadium is next at 32.) The 49ers are 24-11 in in those games and have outscored their opponents by an average of just under 10 points per game (9.4).