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.