In what will be the final game at Candlestick Park, San Francisco (10-4) will need to win in order to ensure a postseason appearance as well as keep slim hopes alive that they can win the NFC West. When the Cardinals upset the Seahawks yesterday, it left the door cracked for the 49ers to win the division if they win out their last two games and Seattle loses at home to the Rams next week.
If the 49ers lose tonight then next week's game at Arizona will be the equivalent of a playoff game with the winner securing one of the two NFC wild card spots and the loser going home. The 49ers would just assume beat a struggling Falcons team tonight and punch their ticket to the postseason rather than have to play against a defense that just physically punished the Seahawks offense.
San Francisco has been tough to beat at home with an 18-4-1 record over the past two years, and they enter tonight's MNF game riding a four-game winning streak that has turned out to be absolutely essential to having a shot at the playoffs considering how well the Panthers and Cardinals have played over the past one to two months. Watch 49ers vs Falcons online streaming live free on ESPN tonight to see if Colin Kaepernick can keep up his 104.7 passer rating he has during the win streak.
Atlanta (4-10) played the 49ers only last year in the NFC Championship game at home where they narrowly lost by four points. This year's club has been a shell of that dominant team of the past several years, with these struggling Falcons missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Though the Falcons season was over weeks ago, they've been playing better football of late.
Last week Atlanta managed to beat the Redskins 27-26 when Mike Shanahan decided to go for a two-point conversion with seconds left and the call backfired on him. Overall the Falcons have won two of their past three games and they have forced a total of 11 turnovers during that span. Unfortunately for Falcons fans, and Cardinals fans, the 49ers have beaten Atlanta at Candlestick in 17 of 19 tries.
Tonight's week 16 NFL Monday Night Football game between the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers will start at a kick-off time of 8:40pm EST / 5:40pm PST. As with all MNF games, the game will be televised on the cable channel ESPN so if you're a subscriber and it's in your channel package, check the local listings to watch Falcons vs 49ers on TV in stunning HD.
Another option for those of you without direct television access to watch ESPN Monday Night Football online streaming live tonight is to over to the official ESPN 3 streaming website right here. ESPN offers this online portal so its subscribers on select service providers can watch Falcons vs 49ers online streaming live on phones, iPads, computers and more, as well as live stream ESPN Monday Night Football games for the duration of the NFL regular season. It's hard to pick against the 49ers at home in their stadium's farewell, so expect the Falcons to be thoroughly beaten by the start of the third quarter.