The San Francisco 49ers upset the Atlanta Falcons, 17-16. It was a game many expected the 49ers to win, but they pulled out the victory. Credit to Blaine Gabbert, who was able to guide the 49ers to the win. Here are three things we learned about the 49ers from their victory over the
3. Defense Played Great
The 49ers defense was great against the Falcons. They used a bend-but-don't-break style, limiting the Falcons to just 16 points. They also completely shut down the Falcons ground game, holding them to 17 yards on 14 carries. The 49ers put together one of their best
2. Offensive Line Stepped Up
The 49ers' offensive line was huge against the 49ers. They didn't allow a single sack, although Gabbert's mobility helped in that regard. There were enough holes that a makeshift running game missing its top two options was able to record 133 yards on the ground. The 49ers are battling numerous ailments and injuries, but the offensive line stepped up when the team needed it to.
1. Maybe Starting Gabbert Was The Right Move
Gabbert was far from perfect, but he played well enough to win. He completed 15 of 25 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He still has plenty of room to develop, but at least Gabbert delivered a win. The victory will help the 49ers' dodge second-guessing for at least one week. Gabbert has earned a second start and a chance to show he should be the team's starter next season.