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NaVorro Bowman is the ideal complement to Patrick Willis in the middle of the San Francisco defense. He plays fast, disciplined and is equally as effective in coverage as he is against the run.
In fact, he led the 49ers with 149 tackles in 2012.
His primary assignment against the Falcons will be filling running lanes and stopping Michael Turner, in all likelihood.
After taking plenty of criticism for being a slow, over-the-hill back, Turner exploded for 98 yards at a relatively astounding seven-yards-per-carry clip against Seattle.
When Atlanta can run the football, its passing game is absolutely deadly.
The Bowman vs. Turner matchup will be worth watching all evening.