Falcons strike first, with long touchdown pass to Julio Jones

AP

The Falcons are in the process of building another lead that they perhaps will eventually blow.

It started with the first drive of the game.  The Atlanta offense drove 80 yards in seven plays, with quarterback Matt Ryan finding a wide-open Julio Jones in stride for a 46-yard catch and run.

Cornerback Tarell Brown gave Jones a chuck and then released him.  Jones ran by safety Dashon Goldson, who tried to grab Jones and who seemed to be upset with a possible breakdown in communication.

Regardless, the Falcons lead early.  Just like they did last week.

And the 49ers trail early.  Just like they did last week.