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Falcons fighting hard in big game for 49ers

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The 49ers have everything to play for and the Falcons have nothing to play for. But you wouldn’t know it from watching the start of this game.

Atlanta jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the second quarter on a Steven Jackson touchdown run, showing that the Falcons aren’t going down without a fight. The drive was set up by a huge play on third-and-long, when Matt Ryan felt the pocket collapse, stepped up and fired a pass to receiver Drew Davis, who raced down the field all the way to the 5-yard line for a 59-yard gain.

The touchdown was preceded by San Francisco safety Donte Whitner getting flagged for a hit on a defenseless receiver (Jackson), even though Whitner appeared to turn and lead with his shoulder. Whitner then got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing the call.

The 49ers had one solid drive offensively, resulting in a Phil Dawson 49-yard field goal, but for the most part the Falcons’ defense has held San Francisco’s offense in check. You wouldn’t know from watching this game that the 49ers have one of the best records in the NFL, and the Falcons have one of the worst.

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33 Responses to “Falcons fighting hard in big game for 49ers”
  1. martin492013 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:31 PM

    Total Garbage Call against Whitner, totally legal play and gives the falcons 7 points.

  2. chawk12thman says: Dec 23, 2013 9:32 PM

    Good Game so far to watch……hope it remains so.

  3. jacobslatter says: Dec 23, 2013 9:33 PM

    The Falcons DO having something to play (by losing) for: a better slot in the draft. They would draft #6 if May were today. The Scarlet Speedster Jadaveon Clowney will cure the illness. :D

  4. beastmode5150 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:36 PM

    Even the fans whine in SF with the “refs you suck” chant. Did the fans get an email on how to whine about refs in chant form?

  5. nfl4days says: Dec 23, 2013 9:37 PM

    Looks like whitner has lost the benefit of the doubt when it comes to refs. The whole “hinter” thing may have cause Goodell to put him on the naughty list. Also i think the niners may want to look to FA for a quality #2 TE to run what their scheme. McDonald isnt getting it done at all.

  6. MichaelEdits says: Dec 23, 2013 9:38 PM

    Since I’m a Panther homer, I just want the Falcons to suck on Sunday.

  7. jburk003 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:39 PM

    Call the police because the 49ers got robbed on that call.

    That was horrible. Basically, if you hit someone hard, not below the waist, you have a very good chance of drawing a penalty. Wooow

  8. pgilbert2013 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:40 PM

    Mr. Roger, your NFL is really staring to blow. That was a perfect hard hit, that because of your 70 year old ref whom missed it, you’ll need to back him up with one of your baloney 15,000 fines.

    Go be the commissioner of the NBA. Shame on you!

  9. bennyb82 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:42 PM

    I get that the NFL is trying to make the game safer or appear to be safer…but flags on these defenseless players should be thrown with caution. Fine the guy if they miss out on throwing the flag but do not throw a flag unless it is extremely obvious. The game is too fast for a ref to be sure on hits because they look different at each angle. It looks like a flag is being thrown on any big hit where a player is leveled.

  10. bucrightoff says: Dec 23, 2013 9:43 PM

    Its the NFL now, its the violence of the hit that is policed and not the hit itself. Non-violent helmet to helmet collisions get missed all the time, and violent hits leading with the shoulder get flagged all the time. It sucks to watch.

  11. raiderapologist says: Dec 23, 2013 9:47 PM

    Both coaching staffs are wearing black. Posers.

  12. pgilbert2013 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:48 PM

    Very frustrated with your offensive play calling. Lets just run it down their thoughts.

  13. pgilbert2013 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:59 PM

    Dang iPad spell change software. I meant throat. My bad.

    By the way lovely flopping ATL.

  14. RavenzGunnerz says: Dec 23, 2013 10:01 PM

    Hey niners. Welcome to the ravens world

  15. Vim says: Dec 23, 2013 10:02 PM

    I’d love to see the Falcons spank the Whiners! Jim Hotbags face as he walked off the field at halftime was so funny! Imagine that – these crummy Whiners are struggling to even look competitive against the 4-10 Falcons!!

  16. Bill's got balls! says: Dec 23, 2013 10:03 PM

    I would love to see Jim Harbaugh ejected for yelling at the officials. That would make my day!

  17. jacobslatter says: Dec 23, 2013 10:04 PM

    pgilbert2013 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:48 PM

    Very frustrated with your offensive play calling. Lets just run it down their thoughts.
    —————————————————————–
    Cerveza has been going down my thoughts all evening.

  18. badmoonrison says: Dec 23, 2013 10:07 PM

    Like the announcers said, where the heck is Vernon Davis? They got some rookie at TE who has already dropped 2 passes.

  19. Vim says: Dec 23, 2013 10:11 PM

    Whitener is a real stupid windbag. Everyone in the world and their sisters know the rule about defenseless receivers, and yet he head to display his foolish macho attitude. Instead of just tackling the receiver and getting him down, he leveled him. This is not just stupid, it is in fact cowardly of him to blindside the receiver.

  20. truths4all says: Dec 23, 2013 10:12 PM

    If the 49ers are getting robbed, its about time they got robbed after they have led a charmed life with the officials giving them so many freebies over the past few seasons.

    Karma is a fickle girl and she doesn’t shine for the 49ers anymore. Hopefully, the 49ers lose as that will really give the NFL and the betting interests a huge game next week against the Cards. Even you dense 49er fans might begin to get an idea why your gangsta team is no longer getting your freebie calls right now.

    And 49er fans, please try not to beat up and murder anymore fans who look at you funny just because you look funny and strange.

  21. kingpel says: Dec 23, 2013 10:20 PM

    I can’t find any sympathy for whither or goldshon. These idiots draw attention to themselves with their antics.

  22. shayeezy says: Dec 23, 2013 10:35 PM

    that PI call on worrilow is the new worst call of the season. refs ruining the game once again.

  23. atlfan31833 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:36 PM

    49ers just got there make-up call

  24. beastmode5150 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:36 PM

    When jerry rice says the niners are getting the benefit of bad calls…

  25. JSpicoli says: Dec 23, 2013 10:42 PM

    Good God, what is that on top of Bermans head?

  26. JSpicoli says: Dec 23, 2013 10:44 PM

    Notice the fine looking bunch at candlestick. I saw gang signs

  27. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 23, 2013 10:44 PM

    9er fan here. PLEASE get Jerry Rice out of the booth! We all know you were a great receiver so you don’t have to keep reminding us.

    #egomaniac

  28. 5xchamps says: Dec 23, 2013 10:48 PM

    What happened to everybodythat was talking smack….GO NINERS!!!!!

  29. fr0sted21 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:54 PM

    Couldn’t agree more with the fellow above..Rice was the greatest wide receiver of all time, but man he LOVES to tell people about it.

  30. JSpicoli says: Dec 24, 2013 12:25 AM

    5x is the typical stupid niner fan who clings to his 5 SB wins even though it means nothing in today’s game, and waits until the game is over to crow. You will get yours from any good team. Your team is mediocre/good.

  31. kimbo71006 says: Dec 24, 2013 12:27 AM

    4-11 Falcons…but the 49ers will fold just like they did last year…can you spell deja vu!

  32. kimbo71006 says: Dec 24, 2013 12:29 AM

    Panthers fans…watch out, if they played that well against 49ers, you guys don’t have a chance. You are NO WHERE near the caliber of that team.

    Damn…my weekend just got better!!

  33. kkalama1 says: Dec 24, 2013 4:00 AM

    Even the announcers were disgusted about the pass interference call that the 49ers got. Must have paid the refs to make sure they get a W at the last home game

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