It validates that the 'Hawks are a team that may have their ups and downs, but they're certainly capable of hanging with and beating the NFL's best.
At the same time, the Hawks can't afford to let the emotional high of Sunday's win spill over similar to their poor followup in St. Louis against the Rams after their controversial win against the Packers on Monday Night Football a few weeks back.
Yes, the door is open for the "Hawks to take advantage and wrestle control of the division on Thursday night. However, in order to be the best, you need to beat the best.
Make no mistake, the defending NFC West Champion San Francisco 49ers will be done licking their wounds by kickoff following a crushing defeat at the hands of the New York Giants this past weekend, ready to pick up where they left off as one of the NFL's more dominant teams.
In order for the 'Hawks to emerge victorious, here are this week's 10 keys to the game against the 49ers.