Linebacker NaVorro Bowman and quarterback Colin Kaepernick were the big stars in the San Francisco 49ers' 34-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons on "Monday Night Football."
The win sealed a spot in the National Football Conference playoffs for the 49ers (11-4) and kept them in the hunt for the Western Division title.
"We're taking it one game at a time. We're trying to string wins together," Kaepernick said.
San Francisco will win the division if the Seattle Seahawks (12-3) lose to the St. Louis Rams next Sunday and the 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals on the road.
The 49ers were playing in their last home game at Candlestick Park.
The team is leaving its home of 43 seasons for a new stadium in Santa Clara, located nearly 64 kilometers (40 miles) south of San Francisco.
The 49ers got off to a slow start and were trailing 10-3 at the half.
"We just weren't executing in the first half the way we should have," Kaepernick said. "We came out in the second half, and we executed."
Bowman sealed the win with an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:10 left in the game, helping the 49ers take another step toward a repeat Super Bowl appearance.
"Win by any means necessary," 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said in response to a question about the playoffs.
Kaepernick completed 13 of 21 passes for 197 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 108.6.
"I think it was a great accomplishment (winning tonight). It gives you a chance. Being in the playoffs gives you a chance at the ultimate chance and our guys needed this one to do that," Harbaugh said. EFE