SAN FRANCISCO -- Cornerback Tramaine Brock said he was just "trying to make a play" when he sparked one of Candlestick Park's greatest moments: NaVorro Bowman's 89-yard, win-clinching interception return.
Brock cut off Matt Ryan's pass to Harry Douglas on a slant route, knocking the ball into the air for Bowman to pick off and wrap up Monday night's 34-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
"I was waiting for a slant the whole time," Brock said. "I anticipated it and saw it. I knew (Ryan) was going to come that way. He hit it like three or four times earlier."
Brock, who replaced Tarell Brown as a starter five games ago, wasn't done after his deflection to Bowman. Brock recorded his team-leading fifth interception when he snagged Ryan's pass into the end zone as time expired.
Those late interceptions by Bowman and Brock didn't seem necessary until the Falcons recovered an onside kick with 2:09 remaining and trailing 27-24. "It kind of shocked us," Brock said of the onside kick, "so we had to go back out there and stand up." The name "Bill Walsh Field" will not transfer from Candlestick Park to the 49ers' new home of Levi's Stadium, team CEO Jed York said before the game.
Candlestick's field was named after the late 49ers coach at his public memorial service there in August 2007.
Former owner Eddie DeBartolo said before the game he wished "Bill Walsh Field" would carry over to the new stadium. "Candlestick's time's come," DeBartolo said. "I do see 'Bill Walsh Field.' I don't know what their plans are, but that field down there should be named that."
York noted that plans were to name only the stadium in Santa Clara. In May, stadium-naming rights were sold to Levi's at $220 million over 20 years.
DeBartolo served as the honorary captain and delivered one final victory at Candlestick Park: The 49ers won the coin toss. Anquan Boldin went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark this season by making a Willie Mays-esque, over-the-shoulder catch of a 22-yard pass, with Mays in attendance. It's the sixth time in his 11-year career that Boldin has reached the 1,000-yard mark, and the first time since 2009.
Boldin's third-quarter touchdown catch was his ninth on "Monday Night Football," the most among all active players. Four games into his comeback from Achilles surgery, Michael Crabtree came through with his first 100-yard game of the season (five catches, 102 yards). He had a 47-yard reception to spark a touchdown drive out of halftime. "It was a great job by Kap trusting me and letting me make a play," Crabtree said. Frank Gore's 97 yards moved his season total to 1,114 yards and career mark to 9,953. He produced his ninth touchdown run, his second-highest total in a season (10 in 2009). Tight end Vernon Davis was held without a catch for the first time this season. He briefly left the game after being poked in the right eye but said it felt OK after the game. Wide receiver Mario Manningham did not suit up and instead was replaced in the receiving corps by rookie Quinton Patton, who saw no passes come his way in his first action since fracturing his right foot Sept. 26.
Manningham missed two days of practice last week because of illness and lingering knee soreness. He has nine receptions for 85 yards in six games since returning from a December 2012 knee injury. Left guard Mike Iupati started in his return from a four-game absence that was caused by a sprained knee. Tight end Vance McDonald, who missed last Sunday's win at Tampa Bay because of an ankle issue, failed to catch two second-quarter passes that came his way. Notorious for its swirling and unpredictable wins, Candlestick had its wind registered at 0 mph for the opening kickoff. The game-time temperature was 60 degrees. Candlestick hosted more "Monday Night Football" games than any other stadium, Monday being the 36th. The 49ers went 25-11 in those appearances. The 49ers' other inactives were wideout Jon Baldwin, tight end Derek Carrier, linebacker Nick Moody, defensive tackle Quinton Dial and guards Joe Looney and Ryan Seymour. The 49ers haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. The Falcons' Steven Jackson ran for 18 of his 53 yards after halftime. Ryan's 348 passing yards were the most by a 49ers opponent this season. He was 37 of 48 with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Falcons lost starting defensive tackle Corey Peters to a first-half Achilles injury.