5 Takeaways from Patrick Willis' Explosive Week 16 Performance

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5 Takeaways from Patrick Willis' Explosive Week 16 Performance
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Patrick Willis turned in a monster 18-tackle performance against the Atlanta Falcons this past Monday night. But due to fellow linebacker NaVorro Bowman's game-winning interception, Willis' performance was lost in the uproar. 

A soft-spoken demeanor off the field, Willis makes his presence known on the field with his uplifting pre-game speeches and his thunderous tackles. His on-field performances are why Willis is mentioned as the top linebacker in the NFL's recent history.

Aside from his statistical prowess, Willis showcased his entire repertoire of physical attributes to the entire nation on Monday Night Football. Willis could be found all over the grass at Candlestick making plays and limiting the big-play potential of a dormant Atlanta Falcons offense that ignited under the lights.

Beating a talented Falcons team on such an emotional night presented a problem to the San Francisco 49ers. However, it was Willis who kept them in check. As Willis goes, so do the 49ers. Thus making Willis' most recent performance a positive sign for San Francisco moving forward.

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