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49er take their first lead of the game

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For two straight weeks, the Falcons have blown three-score leads.

They did it in the final minute last week, after leading the Seahawks 20-0 in the first half and 27-7 in the fourth quarter.  This time, a 17-0 lead has become a 28-24 deficit with 8:23 to play.

Last week, quarterback Matt Ryan saved the Falcons by driving the team into field-goal range with 31 second left.  This week, he’s got more time — but he needs more than a field goal.

The nine-yard touchdown run from Frank Gore comes more than 17 minutes in game time since the last points scored, also on a Gore run.  In the interim, the Falcons had a pair of turnovers, and the 49ers missed a field goal and saw a potential touchdown become a fumble just outside the Atlanta end zone.

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38 Responses to “49er take their first lead of the game”
  1. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 20, 2013 5:44 PM

    Falcons are a regular season team. Choke masters in the playoffs.

  2. FinFan68 says: Jan 20, 2013 5:53 PM

    49ers got screwed on that challenge. The ball moved on the ground and his hand even slid from the middle of the ball to the tip during that movement. How can they say that was a) a catch or b) inconclusive and could not overturn the call on the field? It seemed quite conclusively to me that it was not a catch. I have no horse in this race, just want to see a good game and correct calls…that was bogus.

  3. bigjd says: Jan 20, 2013 5:53 PM

    When did they change the rules to it’s legal for offensive lineman to keep moving around until the ball is snapped?

  4. misterchainbluelightning says: Jan 20, 2013 5:58 PM

    I guess rules don’t matter under 2 mins with game on the line. D is allowed to hold on a team most important play of the season.

  5. kiefs85 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    The NFL is as much about luck these days as skill. The Patriots should have won last year—-Welker dropped an easy catch. The Ravens actually should have won vs Patriots if Evans catches the ball. This Niners game was about the Falcons dropping a shotgun as much as anything else. The Refs missed the interference call at the end. Enjoy it Niners fans but next year you will probably be on the opposite end of a crap call.

  6. joeyd524 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:04 PM

    Falcons didn’t choke you dope..good game,it’s a shame it wasn’t the giants vs 49ers they would have scored 40+ on the niners..Balt wins this thing

  7. kiefs85 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:05 PM

    Not to mention the garbage PF call against the Falcons vs Capernick. Then no call vs the Niners against Matt Ryan on the last drive? Please. These refs are awful.

  8. blackandgoldsuperbowl says: Jan 20, 2013 6:06 PM

    lol, this is no surprise. was anybody really thinking the falCONS would win even with a 17 point lead?? i personally love watching the falCONS in the playoffs, it’s like watching an intersection knowing there’s gonna be an accident. falcons will forever be the most professional bunch of chokers in sports. That garbage doesn’t belong in the Dome.

  9. iamwhodat says: Jan 20, 2013 6:12 PM

    Ppl it wasn’t a hold, he bumped him at the line of scrimmage and within 5 yards… Give me a break. Fans always wanna blame refs, but blame the Falcons they gave away a 17 point lead then a 10 point lead. 2 weeks in a row they couldn’t hold on to a lead. Choke artist see you in the Dome next season Who Dat!

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 20, 2013 6:13 PM

    Falcons got jobbed at the end. Hairball West is even more odious than Cheat Carroll.

  11. enrifer says: Jan 20, 2013 6:13 PM

    That was holding on the Niners, a blind man would of seen that ten miles away.

  12. grudenthediva says: Jan 20, 2013 6:14 PM

    I wonder who was faster today – Vernon Davis on the field or Arthur Blank fleeing from the cameras after his patented “We’re winning – here I am, look at me!” move blew up in his smug face.

  13. mungman69 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:14 PM

    No penalty for Ryan, just a clean hit. The gut hit Colin in the helmet and you can’t do that.

  14. kuppler says: Jan 20, 2013 6:15 PM

    I’m proud of the Falcons today. Congrats to the 49ers, they did what they had to do. The bad calls pretty much evened each other out on both sides.

  15. shlort says: Jan 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Not a fan of either team. Watching that game, it was pretty obvious that the NFL wanted SF to win for whatever reason. That blow to the head call against Atlanta was pretty bad. Would have been 4th down, instead the Niners keep the ball and score. A few other iffy calls against Atlanta as well. That last drive for the Falcons, No roughing for driving the QB into the turf? No holding call on Bowman on that 4th down play? I am really starting to wonder if the whole thing is rigged. Been some really bad calls this season that changed the outcome of games. It is like the NFL lines things up to turn out the way the NFL wants them. I cant wait to see if Baltimore gets the favorable calls so there will be a Harbaugh vs Harbaugh Super Bowl.

  16. grendelg says: Jan 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Definitely holding on the Niners against Roddy. It’s not a bump if you grab his arm and won’t let him get away.

  17. grendelg says: Jan 20, 2013 6:17 PM

    The guy tapped Kaepernick’s helmet and didn’t even distract him from looking downfield. C’mon, that shouldn’t have been a penalty.

  18. kiefs85 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:17 PM

    Right clean hit. Hit him in the head and slammed him into the ground. I suppose the hold by the linebacker didn’t happen too? And before you argue it was withing five yards it doesn’t matter if the ball is in the air.

  19. knickstape84 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:18 PM

    ATL is not built for postseason yet… they were lucky to get past Seattle. everyone knew the 49ers were coming back and you could see the panic in Ryan’s eyes

  20. shlort says: Jan 20, 2013 6:19 PM

    iamwhodat says:Jan 20, 2013 6:12 PM

    Ppl it wasn’t a hold, he bumped him at the line of scrimmage and within 5 yards… Give me a break. Fans always wanna blame refs, but blame the Falcons they gave away a 17 point lead then a 10 point lead. 2 weeks in a row they couldn’t hold on to a lead. Choke artist see you in the Dome next season Who Dat!
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    Really? What game were you watching, and what is your interpretation of the rule? Contact is allowed, but you cant keep your handhold on the players jersey. Especially when he is getting the ball thrown to him. I could see a no-call if the ball went somewhere else. Bowman was draped all over the guy.

  21. raideralex99 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:22 PM

    Harbaugh meltdown on the sideline … is the reason why there was no penalties called on the 49ers.
    Lets face that hit is on Brady or Peyton it’s a roughing the passer.

  22. shlort says: Jan 20, 2013 6:22 PM

    mungman69 says:Jan 20, 2013 6:14 PM

    No penalty for Ryan, just a clean hit. The gut hit Colin in the helmet and you can’t do that.
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    You are wrong. Driving the QB into the ground is a penalty, and that is what happened to Ryan on that play. Kaepernick wanst hit in the head. The players fingertip brushed the facemask and didnt even cause Kaepernick to move his head. Not only that, the Referee who tossed the flag couldnt even see the contact that there was, he was behind Kaepernick. Justify it all you want. I dont care about the outcome of the game because my team wanst in it. It was pretty obvious to non-fans of the teams that the game was skewed in SF favor by the officials.

  23. lsuzilla says: Jan 20, 2013 6:31 PM

    Falcons almost choked last week. They choked this week. WHO DAT!!!! lol!

  24. allidoiswin55 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:35 PM

    Hope the stupid Falcons fans.. Lucky to have made it this far after their choke last week. Didn’t deserve to be in this game.. And finished like it. Haha

  25. selbyrj82 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:36 PM

    kiefs how can you equate welker dropping a pass to luck? he’s an nfl wr. he doesn’t operate on luck. he gets paid to catch passes. dropping a pass like that is not him getting unlucky. it was him not making a play when he needed to.

  26. nickmiller63 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:40 PM

    Calls, more calls, and bad calls. They didn’t decide the game, went both ways. Those of you inclined to say “we” this and “we” that about your favorite team — take it easy, remember that “they” won it or lost it, not you.

  27. eatlessveggies says: Jan 20, 2013 6:42 PM

    Just left the Georgia Dome. Sad my team lost but it was a great game. Hats off to the Niners.

  28. noring4youstill says: Jan 20, 2013 6:54 PM

    Same old FalCants.

  29. powerandair says: Jan 20, 2013 6:59 PM

    I had no rooting interest but anyone who thinks Ryan was “driven” into the ground needs to watch it again.

  30. istallion says: Jan 20, 2013 7:14 PM

    Falcons had some key breaks- missed FG and fumble at one. They came up small, and this coming from a Falcons fan.

  31. 49erstim says: Jan 20, 2013 7:19 PM

    @shlort… I know your team just lost bro, but there were plenty of non-calls for Atlanta as well. I clearly remember two offensive holding/interference calls that were missed on Roddy White alone. It was a good game. The non-call at the end was correct. The “catch” by Douglas was not. His entire hand slid 3/4 of the way down the ball and it clearly moved. Look. I’m actually sorry that your team lost, but somebody had to. I wish Gonzo the best on his retirement if he does. Surefire HOF first ballot. Good luck next year dude.

  32. istallion says: Jan 20, 2013 7:19 PM

    As for the no call at the end- I’m okay with that. Sure there was some contact, but there is on every play. That was a very risky pass in traffic. It just missed. Too bad Ryan couldn’t have thrown to Julio those last two plays instead of Roddy.

  33. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Jan 20, 2013 7:20 PM

    Did they get rid of Smith yet?

  34. 49erstim says: Jan 20, 2013 7:22 PM

    @eatlessveggies…. Congrats on a good season man.

  35. JMil_ATL says: Jan 20, 2013 7:25 PM

    Heartbreaking as a Falcons fan. Wished Tony G could go out on top. Hopefully the 5% allows him to take one more shot at it.

  36. bigjd says: Jan 20, 2013 7:48 PM

    Hate the 49er’s and their coach, but they deserved to win today. Guess I’m rooting AFC this year.

  37. wheresno says: Jan 20, 2013 10:41 PM

    I would think that the best way to tell whether a call (or no call) was bad is if no one would question it if it’s not made (or made). In both cases – the roughing the passer and the 4th down play – no one would have thought twice if a flag had not and had been dropped, respectively.

  38. discosucs2005 says: Jan 21, 2013 8:14 AM

    “Would have been 4th down, instead the Niners keep the ball and score”

    If by score you mean fumble. The person foul didn’t sad to any 49er points.

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