GALLERY: Gabbert, Celek propel 49ers to win over Falcons
After a 2-6 start to the season, the 49ers made a change from Colin Kaepernick to Blaine Gabbert as they take on the Falcons Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. The 49ers received the opening kickoff, and while they went three and out, Gabbert completed his two passing attempts for seven yards.
Falcons strike first
After the 49ers' three and out, the Falcons took over and moved the ball 46 yards on nine plays. The drive ended with a 44-yard field goal by Matt Bryant to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead.
49ers go for it
Much to the delight of the fans, the 49ers decided to go for it on 4th and one at the Falcons' 9-yard line rather than attempt a field goal on their third drive. Running back Kendall Gaskins plowed ahead for two yards and the first down. The drive ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Gabbert to a wide-open Garrett Celek to give the San Francisco a 7-3 lead in the second quarter.
Celek puts 49ers ahead
Garrett Celek's second touchdown catch of the season gave the 49ers a 7-3 lead in the second quarter Sunday.
Gabbert's first half
In his first start of the season, Blaine Gabbert's completed 10 of 16 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He also ran the ball three times for 26 yards.
More field goals
Matt Bryant and Phil Dawson traded field goals late in the second quarter as the 49ers held a 10-6 lead late in the first half.
Gabbert to Celek again
Blaine Gabbert and Shaun Draughn led the 49ers down the field before halftime, and the 49ers quarterback capped off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Celek to give San Francisco a 17-6 lead.
Falcons score before halftime
The Falcons got the ball back with just over a minute left in the first half. Matt Ryan found Julio Jones for a 54-yard pass and two plays later, hit DeVonta Freeman, who rumbled for a 17-yard touchdown to cut the 49ers lead to 17-13.
Blaine Gabbert threw an interception on the 49ers' first drive of the second half, but it wasn't his fault. He hit Jerome Simpson in the numbers, but the wideout bobbled the ball. Falcons CB Phillip Adams grabbed the ball out of the air for the pick.
In the final minute of the third quarter, Blaine Gabbert was crushed by a blitzing Phillip Wheeler. Roughing the passer was called, but Gabbert was visibly shaken. After he got up, the 49ers decided to take him out to check him for a concussion, which brought Colin Kaepernick into the game. The starter for the first eight games of the season, Kaepernick stayed in for two plays before Gabbert was allowed to return.
49ers win 17-16
The 49ers didn't score in the second half, but Blaine Gabbert & Co. were able to hold on to beat the Falcons 17-16 Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara. The 49ers are now 3-6, while the Falcons fell to 6-3.