Thursday, December 14, 2017
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49ers 17, Falcons 16

Gabbert steps in, stuns Falcons

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Blaine Gabbert led the 49ers to a rare win, then left Levi's Stadium unsure if he had earned another start. Even with demoted Colin Kaepernick having been downright awful in recent years against the next opponent, rival Seattle.

Gabbert of all people gave San Francisco a big lift in a lost season, throwing two second-quarter touchdowns to tight end Garrett Celek to help beat Atlanta.

"I'm not commenting on it. I'm not going to get into it, because I'm going to go back and watch tape," coach Jim Tomsula said. "Blaine had a great day today."

A first-round bust in Jacksonville, Gabbert made his first start in more than two years and exhibited the poise and production Kaepernick had lacked all season.

"All I know is we got the victory today, we've got a bye week coming up and we're going to prepare for Seattle," Gabbert said.

San Francisco flustered Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan despite a patchwork defense because of a rash of injuries.

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