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49ers beat Falcons 34-24 to clinch playoff berth

Kaepernick leads big second half as San Francisco wins regular-season finale at Candlestick

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    Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young throws a ball on the field at Candlestick Park before the 49ers' NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. The 49ers are playing their last regular-season game at Candlestick before moving a new stadium for the 2014 season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. At left rear is Falcons' Joe Hawley. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the second half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) runs past Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas (54) during the second half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) celebrates with quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after scoring on a 10-yard touchdown reception against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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    Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers' Ahmad Brooks (55) and Glenn Dorsey during the first half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) stiff-arms Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert McClain during the second half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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    San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh yells during the first half of the 49ers' NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) celebrates after running for a 1-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter.

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SAN FRANCISCO — NaVorro Bowman returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown with 1:10 remaining, and the San Francisco 49ers clinched a playoff berth with a wild 34-24 victory against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night in the final regular-season game at Candlestick Park.

Tramaine Brock broke up a pass intended for Harry Douglas and Bowman got his hands on the ball and took off, then received a celebratory dog pile from teammates in the end zone.

Matt Ryan threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White with 8:42 remaining and a 2-yard score to Tony Gonzalez with 2:09 left as the Falcons (4-11) made things interesting until the end.

Atlanta’s Jason Snelling recovered the ensuing onside kick as the Falcons got the ball back and were driving for a potential go-ahead score when San Francisco (11-4) capitalized with one of its biggest takeaways yet.

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