SAN FRANCISCO — This is the live blog for the pregame of the 49ers’ Week 16 game against the Falcons. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from the press box.
4:15 The 49ers’ inactives are Mario Manningham, Jon Baldwin, Derek Carrier, Nick Moody, Ryan Seymour, Quinton Dial and Joe Looney.
There are no lineup changes for the 49ers, which means Mike Iupati is playing.
The Falcons’ inactives are Darius Johnson, Josh Vaughan, Zeke Motta, Sean Weatherspoon, Terren Jones, Sean Locklear and Travian Robertson. Stephen Nicholas will start in place of Weatherspoon.
4:16 Who do think will play more snaps on offense in this game, Quinton Patton or Kassim Osgood?
5:24 The first 10 minutes of this game will be key. With all the fanfare tonight — even Willie Mays is here — Candlestick feels like a World Series ticker tape parade. Emotions from fans will be through the roof, if Candlestick had one. The juice will be flowing. The 49ers need to rein in all of that excitement so they play like themselves, and don’t try to be like Jerry Rice, Dwight Clark, Joe Montana or Steve Young. If the 49ers play like themselves, they will beat the Falcons.