Unselfish team football and persistence helped the San Francisco 49ers bump their record up to 11-4 on the season, allowing them to clinch a playoff berth in 2013.
Even though this game came down to the wire, there were strong performances nearly across the board, with some not-so-pretty ones sprinkled in here and there. Fans and analysts alike who witnessed this instant classic probably have a good idea of who performed well, who didn't and who the player of the game might be.
But for reassurance, surprises, extra info and everything in between, we've gone back over the film, as well as the box score, to see who made it happen for the 49ers in Week 16. For an in-depth look at the individual performances from Monday night's win over the Atlanta Falcons—complete with grades—proceed through the following.
- Expectations: Some players can look really good out there, but how much did they leave on the field?
- Statistics: If a player was blanked, booming or something in between, this plays a significant role as to how he was graded.
- Impact: Stats are great and all, but how did those yards come in garbage time or on 3rd-and-long? The clutch value factors in here.
- Consistency: One big play can change a game, but consistency on every down can make sure you win it. Who was bringing it on every play?
Statistics provided by ESPN.com Game Center and Pro Football Reference, unless specified otherwise.