Atlanta Falcons (2-1) vs. San Francisco 49ers (3-1)
Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park
1:05 PM (PST)
Former NFC West rival Atlanta Falcons come into S.F. fresh off a bye week looking to derail the rolling 49ers. The 49ers are coming off of their biggest victory of the season with a 35-0 win over the Rams. The Falcons will put up a much better fight and the game should be a good one as it will come down to the final minutes. The Falcons have Pro Bowl runner Michael Turner to throw at the 49ers fourth-ranked run defense. Turner will get his carries but the 49ers have played very well against Pro Bowl runners this year only allowing 85 yards against Adrian Peterson and 79 yards against Steven Jackson. QB Matt Ryan is playing at a level higher than most second year quarterbacks and led the Falcons to the playoffs last year. He has WR Roddy White as a wide out threat and this year added TE Tony Gonzalez to his arsenal. If the 49ers defensive line can continue the pressure they have rushed in the four games this season they will limit the damage Ryan can do. The 49ers D will not have the huge game like they did last week but should have 2 sacks, 1 INT and allow less than 100 yards rushing and less than 150 yards passing.
The 49ers offense is progressing slowly along and is getting better in the passing game. QB Shaun Hill needs to find a way to get his receivers the football otherwise the Falcons D will concentrate on shutting down RB Glen Coffee. The Falcons D is ranked 25th against the run. You can expect another big day from TE Vernon Davis as he has become Hill’s favorite target inside the red-zone. He should have a touchdown with five receptions for 80 yards. The 49ers offensive line have had the most suspect play this season and with DE John Abraham in town this week the task will not be any easier. The key for the line is to open up the running lines for Coffee to break through and have big runs. Coffee will be the key in this game. If he cannot get 100 yards rushing the 49ers will not be in position to win the game.
Out: RB Frank Gore (foot); S Reggie Smith (groin); LB Jeff Ulbrich (concussion)
Questionable: S Marques Harris (hamstring);
Probable: G David Baas (ankle); WR Arnaz Battle (hand); CB Allen Rossum (back); LB Patrick Willis (abdomen)
Out: S Antoine Harris (knee)
Probable: K Jason Elam (hamstring); RB Ovie Mughelli (hamstring)
Falcons 17 49ers 20
The game will be close going into the final minutes but a Joe Nedney field goal late in the game will give the 49ers the lead and win. The 49ers D might come up with another touchdown but if not the 49ers offense will be rolling although they will have drives stalled and have to settle for field goals. The 49ers will go into their bye week with a 4-1 record.
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