Possible MNF Candlestick finale for 49ers
The Sports Xchange
NFL Team Report - San Francisco 49ers - INSIDE SLANT
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh looks at the next game on the schedule and usually talks about how it's the biggest game because "it's the next game."
This one will be a lot more significant.
When the 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, it'll be the final regular-season game at Candlestick Park. There remains an outside chance the 49ers could return to the 'Stick in the playoffs, but the organization is approaching Monday's game as if it'll be the last.
"There will be tremendous memories from everybody that's ever played there," Harbaugh said. "That's why it's important for us not to screw it up and make sure we get this win."
A win would guarantee the 49ers a spot in the playoffs for the 22nd time since they moved to the stadium from Kezar Stadium in 1971.
Harbaugh remembers both his first appearance as a player (with the Bears as a backup) and as a fan (with his family as a teenager) at Candlestick. As is the case with several other people, the wind and cold were what stood out.
"So many players that have played for the 49ers and played for other teams in the National Football League or in Major League Baseball that have passed through those dugouts or sidelines to play on that field," Harbaugh said.
Which is why Harbaugh think the pressure is on.
"I'm sure others could elaborate more, but like you said, iconic venue and it'd be an honor to be on that sideline for the last game at Candlestick and we want to win it," he said.
NFL Team Report - San Francisco 49ers - NOTES, QUOTES
--Former practice squad safety Michael Thomas had a memorable debut for Miami. He picked off Tom Brady on the game's final play to seal the win for the Dolphins against New England on Sunday. It came just days after Thomas was scooped off the 49ers practice squad.
"It brought a smile to everybody's face as we got that news on the plane and started seeing the highlights. Mike's just a great guy and a great teammate," Harbaugh said. "Everybody was just happy for his success. I really personally enjoyed listening to him give the interview afterwards and just the Michael Thomas excitement. Just wonderful, wonderful. Really happy for him. Texted him, he texted back. Few players I've coached that I love more than Michael Thomas."?
--RB Frank Gore surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the seventh time in his career, which brought up the potential for Gore someday landing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Should he be?
"Yes, I believe so," Harbaugh said. "I truly believe that in my opinion."
NFL Team Report - San Francisco 49ers - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL