The 49ers emerged victorious 28-24 on Sunday afternoon in rather exhilarating fashion.
After suffering an early 17-0 deficit, San Francisco established its patented punch-you-in-the-mouth, ball-control, keep-the-opposing-quarterback-on-the-sideline-approach to the game.
It withstood the initial blitzkrieg by the Falcons offense, and methodically took it to the opposition in the way a Super Bowl hopeful knows best.
That would equate to pounding the rock, using a smothering defense and making the big play, in case you were wondering.
With a winning, but objective, mentality in mind, let’s highlight the biggest winners and (unfortunately) losers from the 49ers win over the Falcons.
After a two-day reflection period, it’s time to get to it.
Note: The overwhelming majority of the team earned a positive assessment. The entire linebacker corps was a winner, for example. For our purposes, though, we’ll limit this list to a more manageable number (well, kinda).