Blaine Gabbert up, Jerome Simpson down in 49ers' win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A look at San Francisco 49ers players who were “up” and those who were “down” in Sunday’s 17-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Levi’s Stadium:


Blaine Gabbert: Game manager? He ended his personal 10-game losing streak as a starting QB and threw a pair of TD passes while taking what the Falcons' defense gave him, throwing for a workmanlike 185 yards and rushing for 32 yards.

Garrett Celek: Celek entered the game with one touchdown catch this season and caught two TDs in the first half alone. Vernon Davis, who? (Too soon?)

NaVorro Bowman: It was strange to see the veteran leader pointing to the name on the back of his jersey during pregame introductions, but what looked normal was how fast Bowman was on the field. Except for trying to cover Julio Jones deep.


Jordan Devey: The starting right guard was replaced after two series, by both Erik Pears and Andrew Tiller, and the Niners' run game took off.

Jerome Simpson: The wideout dropped a ball perfectly placed in his hands downfield and took his frustrations out on his helmet, spiking it by the Niners' bench.

Vance McDonald: The tight end dropped a nice deep throw from Colin Kaepernick, who was in for two plays while Gabbert was getting checked for a possible concussion.