Late pick sends 49ers to playoffs
SAN FRANCISCO — A dramatic, fourth-quarter interception return clinched a playoff spot for the San Francisco 49ers as they edged the Atlanta Falcons 34-24 on Monday to celebrate their final regular season game at Candlestick Park.
With the 49ers leading just 27-24 and about two minutes left, Atlanta drove down to San Francisco's 10 yard-line before quarterback Matt Ryan saw his pass intercepted by Navorro Bowman, who took it 89 yards for the clinching score.
The wild finish put San Francisco (11-4) back in the playoffs after reaching the Super Bowl last season.
They still have a chance to capture the NFC West division if they win next week's season finale and the first-place Seattle Seahawks (12-3) lose.
More than likely, however, the 49ers have played their last game at the Candlestick Park Stadium where they have a 42-year history and indelible memories of five Super Bowl winning seasons.
They are set to move into a new stadium next season.