Matt Bryant Kicks Second Game-Winner In As Many Weeks, Falcons Win 16-14

Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez reach milestones, and the Falcons win their third game in a row.

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Matt Bryant Kicks Another Game-Winner As Falcons Win Third Straight

The Atlanta Falcons dominated every statistical category in this one but never led until Matt Bryant's 43-yard field goal sailed through the uprights with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter giving the Falcons a 16-14 win and a 3-1 record on the season.

The Falcons, though, almost never had a chance at the game winner after a bizarre sequence almost gave the 49ers the victory. Trailing 14-13 with 1:31 left in the fourth quarter, Matt Ryan was intercepted by Nate Clements all but sealing the win for the 49ers. But Clements, who didn't pay attention to film study of Dre Bly last season, was stripped of the ball by a hustling Roddy White at the Falcons seven-yard line, giving the Falcons another chance.

The Falcons took advantage.

Ryan faced a first-and-10 at the Atlanta 37 when he found White at the 49ers 41-yard line for a 20-yard grab putting the Falcons within striking distance. A few more short passes mixed in with some runs and out trotted Bryant to crush the 49ers hope. 

Up next is the suddenly impressive Browns who upset the Bengals today.

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The Falcons Trail By One In Fourth Quarter

Adding three more points in the third quarter bring the Falcons within one point against the 49ers. The 49ers are trying to give the game away. Now it's time to see if the Falcons can take it.

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Falcons Overcome Early Miscues, Trail By Four At The Half

All week long, the media and fans warned of a trap game. Coming off an emotional overtime win against the defending Super Bowl Champion, New Orleans Saints, how could the Falcons maintain the same level of adrenaline against an 0-3 49ers team? Well, they may have had a point.

The 49ers came out swinging in this one, stopping the Falcons on their first drive and proceeding to take advantage of a Dunta Robinson pass interference call to take an early 7-0 lead on a Vernon Davis touchdown that capped a 10-play, 88-yard drive. The Falcons failed to move the ball on their next possession and that's when their special teams weren't so special. The 49ers blocked a punt and Taylor Mays made a tiptoe catch to give the 49ers a 14-0 lead and send the Georgia Dome into hushed tones.

The Falcons offense finally settled down and Matt Ryan found Harry Douglas for the receiver's first touchdown since November 30, 2008. It was another 12-play drive that is becoming routine for the Falcons' offense this season. After a back-and-forth of punts and turnovers, the Falcons had a chance late in the 2nd quarter to tie the game but a bizarre mistake by Matt Ryan - intentional grounding combined with illegal touching and a 10-second runoff - meant the Falcons had to settle for a field goal and a four-point halftime deficit.

Notes: Tony Gonzalez became the 17th player in NFL history to pass 12,000 receiving yards. Roddy White needs 25 yards in the second half to become the 4th Falcon to catch 5,000 receiving yards. Curtis Lofton recorded the first interception of his career that setup the Falcons' second quarter field goal. He also has a sack in this one.

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Tony Gonzalez Is 17th Player To Surpass 12,000 Receiving Yards

With a nine-yard catch in the second quarter, Tony Gonzalez became only the 17th player - and first tight end - to catch more than 12,000 yards through the air.

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[Video] Harry Douglas Scores 1st TD Since 2008

There's been a lot of excitement among Falcons' fans about the prospect of what Harry Douglas could bring to the offense. His ACL injury last season put a damper on those expectations, but feel free to ramp those up again. Matt Ryan, who's just missed Douglas on a couple of long plays earlier this season, finally hooked up with the third-year speedster in the second quarter against the 49ers on an eight-yard touchdown.

Watch the video to see Tony Gonzalez's tremendous pick to get Douglas free. Sorry for no embed, blame NFL.com.

Douglas brings the Falcons to within one score

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Falcons Do Everything They Can To Give Game Away, Trail 14-0 At End of 1st Quarter

The Falcons have outgained the 49ers and controlled the time of possession yet they find themselves trailing 14-0 after the first quarter. The 49ers have taken advantage of a pass interference call and a special teams touchdown to get an early jump on the Falcons.

As the first quarter closed, the Falcons were driving. Will they turn it around in the second quarter?

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Michael Jenkins And Sean Weatherspoon Lead List of Inactives Vs. 49ers

Via Jay Adams:

Michael Jenkins and Sean Weatherspoon are inactive for the Falcons today #atlsf10less than a minute ago via web

 

Look for Jenkins to make his debut against the Browns in Week 5 and hopefully we see Weatherspoon back and healthy next week. The complete list of inactives:

Falcons inactives: Wilson (3rd QB), Jenkins, Franks, G. Johnson, Weatherspoon, Reynolds, M. Johnson, Lewis #atlsf10less than a minute ago via web

 

More notes from Jay Adams:

Erik Coleman is active today, but William Moore will start at safety #atlsf10less than a minute ago via web

Harry Douglas will start for Michael Jenkins. Stephen Nicholas will start for Sean Weatherspoon #atlsf10less than a minute ago via web

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