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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons at 49ers

Posted Dec 22, 2013

Take a look at our entire coverage from the past week as the Falcons prepared for their Monday Night Football matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

Monday

Head coach Mike Smith said the Falcons' two main points of focus as they close out the season are winning their remaining games and evaluating young players by giving them increased playing time.

Smith and cornerback Robert McClain joined 790 The Zone's Wes Durham and Dave Archer for Monday's radio show to talk about Sunday's win over the Redskins.

PHOTOS: The Digital Media staff for the Falcons meets every Monday morning to discuss potential storylines for the upcoming game. Here are the items the staff looked to cover this week.

Tuesday

The Falcons held their annual community honors dinner Monday night to announce community service award winners, including the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, won by kicker Matt Bryant.

The week before, Bryant, along with Sean Weatherspoon, Patrick DiMarco and Lamar Holmes, teamed up with Rooms to Go to give a holiday surprise to the Gwinnett Children's Shelter by providing them a complete makeover.

Wednesday

Steven Jackson has established a long and successful career, but he admits that he still likes to learn from his peers by watching opposing team's running backs from the sidelines.

Coming into this season as an undrafted rookie, LB Joplo Bartu said he's glad he was able to succeed and iive up to the expectations that he set for himself while still taking every moment in.

DE Osi Umenyiora, who sees his fewer snaps as a positive, said the Falcons are not focused on anything other than preparing to leave San Francsico with a win.

Head coach Mike Smith and the Falcons are taking advantage of the extray day of practice by not only preparing for the 49ers, but also by using it to improve themselves as an entire unit.

One of the ailments of the Falcons earlier in the season was an inability to score touchdowns when they got inside the red zone, but in recent weeks scoring percentage in the area has been improving.

Corey Peters has quietly been having his best year in 2013 in terms of tackles and sacks, with 45 and 4.0, respectively. The defensive tackle also says this year has been the most fun for him, as he's been able to let loose and just have fun on the field.

Thursday

Like many, Matt Ryan grew up watching memorable plays take place at Candlestick Park, and the QB is looking forward to being part of its history when the Falcons face the 49ers in what could be the final game played at the stadium.

Taking on Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin is no east task, but Robert Alford has faith that he and fellow rookie corner Desmond Trufant will be able to stop the wide receivers when they face them Monday.

CB Desmond Trufant knows that the 49ers pose a serious threat, but the rookie is confident that the Falcons are well equipped enought to come out of the matchup with a victory.

We also went Behind the Facemask with Trufant, where he dished behind-the-scenes information about what he wanted to be as a kid and his secret talent that could rival William Moore's.

Head coach Mike Smith said the Falcons are heading into their final two games of the season with the same mindset they've had all year, to come out with a win and finish strong.

After a solid performance against the Redskins that included an interception, a fumble recovery and five tackles, safety William Moore is your State Farm Player of the Week.

AtlantaFalcons.com' Jay Adams and Daniel Cox get festive on this week's episode of the FalconCast Podcast as they count down the 12 Days of Falcons after getting a history lesson on egg nog.

Take a look at key facts about the Falcons' Week 16 matchup with the 49ers in this week's Wing Tips.

PHOTOS: Take a look at San Francisco's depth chart in our Know the Enemy gallery.

Friday

In his second to last game of his career, Tony Gonzalez will be heading home to the Bay Area and spoke Friday about the significance of playing in the final game at Candlestick Park before his own career comes to a close.

The tight end also recalled a moment in 2000 when he saved a man's life at Candlestick after he was hit out of bounds and ran into a photographer, knocking him out. You can read the rest of the story by clicking here.

Steven Jackson joins AtlantaFalcons.com's Wes Durham to talk about his first year with the Falcons in this week's edition of McDonald's What's Brewin'.

The linebackes of D-Block and a few of their teammates took the show on the road this week to host a Make-a-Wish Foundation event to mix and mingle with kids at Dave & Busters for bowling and video games.

NFL Films previews the Monday Night Football matchup between the Falcons and 49ers in potentially the final game at Candlestick Park.

A pair of rookies have been ruled out for Monday's game at San Francisco as S Zeke Motta and WR Darius Johnson recover from injuries.

PHOTOS: Take a look at players to watch for from both teams when the Falcons take on the 49ers.

The Falcons and 49ers will face off at Candlestick Park on the Monday Night Football stage, with kickoff set for 8:40 p.m.