The 49ers used the first quarter to build up a healthy six-point advantage over the Hawks, as Phil Dawson produced two field goals from 23 and 48 yards.
Dawson came back for the 49ers in the second quarter by adding another field goal, before the Hawks extended their lead when Luke Willson caught Russell Wilson's 39-yard pass to bring the score to 14-9.
The third quarter came and went without any additions to the scoreline. Kaepernick needed only two yards for a first down, but took too long and was brought down by Malcolm Smith.
However, the Hawks went 17-16 ahead with a field goal in the fourth quarter. Hauschka did not get the cleanest of contacts, but managed to get his 31-yard effort inside the left upright.
The 49ers were not finished, though, and Phil Dawson won the match with his fourth field goal, making no mistake from 22 yards.