The San Francisco 49ers had a huge letdown in Week 15, as they fell to the Atlanta Falcons by a final sore of 29-22. The game ended in crazy fashion, with one near touchdown overturned, and then one non-touchdown also overturned.
It appeared Austin Hooper made a ridiculous catch between his legs in the final seconds to secure the win. However, upon review, the touchdown was called back and it was ruled an incomplete pass because the ball grazed the field.
On the next play, Matt Ryan found Julio Jones right at the goal line. It was ruled that Jones was short of the end zone, but on review, it was overturned with the ref stating Jones crossed the plane.
There were two seconds left on the clock, and instead of kicking an extra point, Falcons QB Matt Ryan took a knee to prevent a potential 49ers run-back for a score.
The 49ers attempted a Stanford play on the final kickoff, but a lateral went incomplete and the Falcons picked it up in the end zone to add a final six points. The point total was 49.5, and that final extra touchdown put this game OVER. Talk about a bad beat.
The loss drops 49ers to 11-3 and they drop back into a tie with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle reclaims first place in the NFC West due to their head-to-head tiebreaker edge over the 49ers. The winner of the NFC West is currently on track to claim one of the first round byes in the NFC playoff picture. The 49ers and Seahawks square off in Week 17 up in Seattle. The game is all but certain to be flexed into Sunday Night Football to close out the season. If both teams win in Week 16, the winner of the finale gets a first round bye and the loser is going on the road as the No. 5 seed.