ATLANTA – The 49ers beat the Falcons 28-24. The 49ers are going to the Super Bowl. Here are the grades for the 49ers’ offense.
Offensive line: A. Mike Iupati gave up a sack and was flagged for a holding penalty, but the other four offensive linemen played almost perfectly. Collectively, they helped the 49ers average 5.1 yards per rush.
Running backs: A. Frank Gore got the 49ers’ offense going in the second quarter. He ran up the middle four straight times, picking up 20 yards and two first downs. In the red zone, the Falcons couldn’t touch him. He easily ran into the end zone twice.
LaMichael James was a good change-of-pace back, picking up 34 yards on five carries and scoring a touchdown.
Anthony Dixon redeemed himself for last year’s NFC Championship game, when he could not convert a third-and-one. Down three to the Falcons in the fourth quarter, Dixon gained four yards on third and one. The 49ers’ Niners scored the go-ahead touchdown three plays later.
Wide receivers: B+. The Falcons mostly kept Michael Crabtree in check. He did make a 33-yard catch, but other than that he caught five passes for just 24 yards. He also fumbled on the goal line.
The Falcons lost track of Randy Moss, so he caught three passes for 46 yards.
The other three receivers – Ted Ginn Jr., A.J. Jenkins and Chad Hall – did not catch a pass. Kaepernick threw one to Hall, but he dropped it.
Tight ends: A. Vernon Davis was a monster. The Falcons chose not to double cover him, and that was a bad decision. He caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. He should have had six catches for 131 yards, but a 25-yard catch was called back due to a Mike Iupati holding penalty.
Delanie Walker didn’t drop any passes for the first time in four games.