Falcons put the hammer down on 49ers, who lose 13th straight


This one was over early, and frankly, the only question after a quarter was whether Chip Kelly was going to be commiserating with Gus Bradley before the end of the night.

Atlanta cruised to a 41-13 win over the 49ers, improving the Falcons to 9-5 and putting a little pressure on Tampa Bay to keep pace later tonight. It also eliminated the Panthers from playoff contention, such that the Panthers hadn’t effectively done that already.

The Falcons put up 550 yards of total offense and 248 on the ground, completely overwhelming the 49ers, who have now lost 13 straight games after beating the Rams in the opener. Which means they haven’t beaten a team with a full-time head coach all year.

It’s rare to see a team totally swamped, and the drop-off from the Jim Harbaugh-coached bunch that went to a Super Bowl has been precipitous. What that means for the future of their first-year head coach or General Manager Trent Baalke remains to be seen.

But the 49ers put up no fight whatsoever Sunday, and that makes for a long flight home and plenty of time to ponder the future.