The San Francisco 49ers played their last home game of the season on Monday Night Football where they hosted the Atlanta Falcons. It wasn’t just any last home game, though, it was the last game in Candlestick Park.
It all started in 1960, and it all ended with a spectacular closing to push the 49ers into the playoffs. After all the years and memories, there will be no more football (regular season) or baseball games played in the great Candlestick Park, as the 49ers will be moving to a newer stadium to perhaps start a new chapter of memorable plays. All those years were great, but there couldn’t have been a better way to close out the stadium.
Down three, the Falcons were driving after recovering an onside kick. A Matt Ryan pass was bobbled around and finally picked off by linebacker NaVorro Bowman, only to clinch a playoff berth with an 89-yard return to put his team up 10 with too little time left for an Atlanta comeback. That’s just how the season has gone for the Falcons, who will not see the postseason this year. The 49ers will see the postseason, so we could see at least one more game in Candlestick, however, I’m sure we’d all be fine if this was the way we parted with the great stadium.
It was the end of a great era in San Francisco, but there’s still football to be played, and the 49ers will try to overcome the critics and make it back to the Super Bowl where they fell short last season. Farewell, Candlestick.