San Fran answers, pulls within 10

AP

Well, the Falcons won’t have to worry about blowing a 20-point lead this week.

But they suddenly have to worry about blowing a 17-point lead, thanks to an 11-play, 80-yard drive from the 49ers that was punctuated by a 15-yard dash to the end zone by rookie running back LaMichael James.

The 49ers impressively shrugged off a pair of three-and-out drives, working their way down the field methodically, without regard to the hole into which they quickly fell.

And now the challenge for the Falcons will be to keep doing what they did in the first quarter plus one play, during which three drives resulted in two touchdowns and a field goal.