It’s a cold overcast day at Candlestick as the 49ers (3-1) face the Falcons (2-1). The Falcons are coming off a bye weeks so they’ve essentially had two weeks to prepare for this game against their former NFC West rivals. Take a look at the injury report for both teams. The inactives will be posted roughly 90 minutes prior to the game.
Atlanta: CB Tye Hill, FB Verron Hayes, S Antoine Harris, LB Spencer Adkins, T Garrett Reynolds, G Quinn Ojinnaka, DT Vance Walker, QB John Park Wilson (3rd QB).
49ers: CB Allen Rossum, RB Frank Gore, S Reggie Smith, LB Jeff Ulbrich, OLB Marques Harris, C Cody Wallace, DT Ricky Jean Francois, QB Nate Davis (3rd QB).
The 49ers defense started strong by forcing a 3 and out on Atlanta’s first drive. On 3rd and 4, Ryan’s pass fell incomplete intended for Marty Booker.
Arnaz Battle fielded the kick and the 49ers drive began at the 13-yard line. Glen Coffee got the carry on 1st down but was stopped for no gain. Coffee picked up6 on 2nd down straight up the middle. On 3rd down, Mike Peterson tipped the ball and it was then intercepted by Brian Williams. Falcons ball at the SF 21.
Haralson and Franklin swarmed Turner on 1st down after a gain of 2. Ryan’s 2nd down pass was thrown behind Tony Gonzalez. Ryan had all the time in the world to throw on 3rd down and hit Roddy White on a hitch for the 1st down. On 1st and goal from the 7, Turner ran straight up the middle, breaking a few tackles for the touchdown.
Falcons 7 – 49ers 0
Delanie Walker was back deep for the kick, but the ball went out of the end zone for a touchback. Lofton and Abraham combined to stop Coffee for a gain of 1 on 1st down. Hill hit Morgan on a screen, but it was read well for no gain. Hill was hit as he threw on 3rd down and his pass for Davis fell incomplete. Lee’s punt was low, but Robinson closed quickly and made a nice tackle. Atlanta will take over at their own 34.
Ryan found Gonzalez on 1st down out near midfield. After the play, Atlanta was called for a late hit so it will essentially be 1st and 10 again. Justin Smith got into the backfield quick and stopped Turner for a loss of 1. Ryan hit Gonzalez against the coverage of Spikes for a gain of about 5. 3rd and 6 for the ATL 36, Ryan hit Finneran who managed to get just enough for the 1st down. Big run by Turner on 1st down as he picked up 9 yards straight up the middle. Ryan hit Roddy White down to the SF 31. Touchdown as Ryan hit White who had a ton of room in the right side of the end zone.
Falcons 14 – 49ers 0
Hill got the 49ers drive off to a good start, scrambling up the middle for a gain of 15. Hill’s pass fell incomplete for Vernon Davis on 1st down. Hill tried his other tight end on 2nd down, but couldn’t connect with Walker. Hill hit Morgan who broke the tackle for the first down and then some as he raced down the right sideline and was tripped up inside the 2. It was a gain of 61 on the play. The 49ers went with a play action on 1st down, but Coffee was covered in the end zone so Hill threw it away. Coffee ran the ball for no gain on 2nd down. Hill tossed to Coffee who out ran the defenders to the left and got in the end zone.
Falcons 14 – 49ers 7
Eric Weems took the kick for the Atlanta but was swarmed at the 19-yard line. Norwood took the toss to the left on 1st down, cutting it back inside for a gain of 7. Tuner ran to the right on 2nd down, but couldn’t outrun Willis, picking up 2. On 3rd and 1, Norwood took the direct snap, but was stopped for a minimal gain so the chain gang had to come out and measure. It was very close, but the Falcons were given the 1st down.
*** Injury update: RT Adam snyder has a thigh contusion and his return is questionable.
On 2nd and 10. Turner bounced the ball out right, but was stopped for a short gain. 3rd and 9, Ryan found White again to pick up the 1st down after a gain of 12. A false start by the Falcons will make it 1st and 15. Ryan’s pass was too high for Gonzalez and it will be 2nd and 15 from the ATL 37. After a run for about 5 yards, ATL was flagged for holding and will back up to their own 27-yard line. On 2nd and 25, Smith hit Ryan forcing the errant throw intended for Gonzalez. Atlanta went with the draw on 3rd down, but Norwood slipped after picking up just one and they’ll have to punt. That will bring on end to the first quarter.
Coffee starts the drive with a nice 12-yard run up the middle out by midfield.
*** Injury update: Ray McDonald has an ankle sprain and his return is questionable.
Coffee had another nice carry, bouncing it out to the left for a gain of 5. On 3rd and 5, Hill scrambled left and lowered his shoulder into the defender and will be very close to a 1st down. The 49ers will go for it on 4th and short. Hill faked the handoff and hit Davis for a nice gain of 18 yards. Coffee picked up just 2 on 1st down as there really wasn’t much of a hole in the middle. On 3rd down, Hill floated it for Bruce near the right pylon, but the pass was out of bounds. Nedney came in and drilled the 39-yard field goal.
Falcons 14 – 49ers 10
The Falcons will start their drive at the SF 23. On 2nd down, Lawson knocked the ball away from Norwood and Michael Lewis recovered it by the left sideline. Atlanta will challenge the play. After the review, the ruling on the field will stand.
On 1st, Hill hit Davis for a gain of 3. On 3rd and 7, Hill was sacked and the 49ers couldn’t do anything with the great field position as Lee comes in to punt. Lee’s punt though was downed at the 4 by Jason Hill.
Turner was swarmed on 1st down for a gain of 2. On 3rd and 4, Ryan hit White who ran away from Nate Clements. 90 yards later and the Falcons go up 21-10.
Falcons 21 – 49ers 10
Delanie Walker took the kick out near the 40-yard line. The ball came loose and Atlanta recovered. It looked as if the ball came out after Walker’s arm hit the ground. The 49ers would have won the challenge but were out of timeouts.
Tuner made the 49ers pay, taking the first down handoff down to the SF 5. Turner punched it in from three yards out and the Falcons now have a commanding lead.
Falcons 28 – 49ers 10.
On 1st down, Coffee ran for a gain of 2. Hill’s pass on 2nd down was thrown to Davis who wasn’t looking and the ball was nearly picked off. Hill’s pass was way off the mark on 3rd down and Lee will come in to punt.
Delanie Walker was called for a personal foul, giving Atlanta an additional 15 yards. Atlanta will have the ball at the 46. Atlanta gave 5 of those yard back after a false start on 1st down. On 2nd down, Ryan hit Justin Peelle for the 1st down. Ryan then picked up another first down, hitting Gonzalez for a gain of 10. Tuner broke a tackle and picked up 5 yards on 1st down. The 49ers really have no answer for Roddy White who grabbed Ryan’s pass at the 1. Turner punches it in and this game is getting away very quickly.
Falcons 35 – 49ers 10
Hill picked up the first down after a gain of 12 on a scramble. Hill was sacked by Abraham. Davis was called for holding on the next play. With just 3 seconds left in the half, they’ll hand the ball to Coffee and run out the clock.
The 49ers started their drive from 17 and Hill hit Morgan for a gain out to the 29. Hill then hit Walker who made a nice adjustment to the ball and got some more yards after the catch and SF will have a 1st down at the ATL 32. Hill’s 3rd down pass sailed over the head of Morgan and Nedney will come in to attempt the 48-yard field goal. The field goal missed and Atlanta will have great field position at the 38-yard line
White continues to kill the 49ers, hauling in Ryan’s pass in 49ers territory. Haralson got in the backfield and tackled Turner for a loss of 3. Turner then broke several tackles, picking up the 1st down. Turner was then stopped for no gain and Michael Lewis was injured on the play. Roman has come on to replace Lewis after he was helped to the sideline. Ryan hit Gonzalez on 3rd down. Dre’ Bly made the tackle but picked up a face mask penalty. The infraction gives the Falcons a 1st down. Turner coughed up the ball but recovered it himself. Dre’ Bly picked off Ryan on the next play and proceeded to showboat and high step. White tracked him down from behind and Bly coughed up the ball himself. Falcons maintain possession at the SF 44. Ryan hits Gonzalez for the first down after a gain of 9.
*** Injury update: Lewis has a concussion and is out for the game.
Spikes had good coverage on Gonzalez on 3rd down and Elam will come on to attempt the field goal. The 40-yard kick is good.
Falcons 38 – 49ers 10
The 49ers drive will begin from the 24-yard line. Hill took a shot deep for Brandon Jones on 1st down, but it was well overthrown. Hill threw deep for Morgan, but it was way off the mark once again. Hill hit his check down to Coffee who could not pick up the first down. Lee came in to punt and after good coverage, the Falcons will have the ball at the 29.
Turner was stopped for a minimal gain on first down. The Falcons were called for offensive PI on 3rd down and will back up, making it 3rd and 13 from the 26. Ryan’s pass was well of the mark and the 49ers forced the punt.
After two incompletions, Hill hit Coffee for a gain of 5. Lee will have to punt.
On 3rd and short, Ryan picked up the first down on a QB sneak.
Jason Snelling moved the chains again on 3rd and short, fighting for extra yardage. The 49ers continue not to get any pressure on Ryan. The QB play faked and found Jenkins for a gain of 20. Turner nearly got another 1st down on the very next play. Spikes and Willis mad the tackle. Snelling though came on and picked up the 1st. A nice run by Norwood and the Falcons have a 1st and goal at the 6.
*** Injury update: Tarell Brown has a groin injury and will not return.
Goldson was called for PI and since it happened in the end zone, the ball will be placed at the 1. Ryan scrambled for the touchdown.
Falcons 45 – 49ers 10
On 2nd down, Hill hit Davis for a gain of 6. Hill hit Battle for the 3rd down conversion. I have to run down to the field now. We’ll have reaction from Singletary and some of the players after the game.
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