January 19, 2013
Game Day preview: San Francisco at Atlanta
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1) at Atlanta Falcons (14-3)
Sunday, 3 p.m. EST (CTV/FOX)
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
Weather Forecast: Domed field
The Line: 49ers by 4
49ers: The read-option pistol — sometimes with just a running back behind quarterback Colin Kaepernick; sometimes with one backfield blocker, staggered, and sometimes with two, split, in what is called the “Bonewish”, an inverted wishbone. After Kaepernick ascended to starter in mid-November, the Niners began employing more pistol plays. In them, Kaepernick usually runs a read-option – either handing off up the gut to Frank Gore (or LaMichael James), or keep and dart around end. Against the Packers, the 49ers ran more than 30 such pistol plays, and gored the Packers with it. It’s no gimmick.