#2. Erase The 49ers Run Game
The Niners boast the fourth best rushing offense in the NFL; a unit averaging 136.9 yards per game. Leading rusher Carlos Hyde has 879 yards and six touchdowns on the season and is coming off a 193 yard performance in week 14 against the Jets. Agile quarterback Colin Kaepernick brings a unique skill set with the ability to add to the run game and is second on the team in rushing yards with 416. The Niners have topped 100 rushing yards in 10 games this season with a season-high 248 yards against the Jets.
The Atlanta Falcons are one of the better run defenses in the NFL as they barely allow over 100 rushing yards a game (101.1). Stout play from defensive tackles
contributed to holding Rams running back Todd Gurley to just 61 yards on 16 carries. The 49ers carry a versatile, zone-read type offense, and a greater emphasis will be on rookie linebackers
Taking away the run game will force the 49ers to get out of their element. Where they may resort to passing more than normal. A shootout is not what the 49ers would like to participate in. Eliminating the Niners run game would be a favorable move in this ultimate chess match.