Last-Second Field Goal Lifts Atlanta Over San Francisco 16-14
October 3rd, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

It came down to a field goal for the second straight week for the Atlanta Falcons, only this time needing their kicker Matt Bryant to knock through a game-winner with only seconds remaining.  Bryant connected on a 42-yarder with :02 remaining to lift Atlanta over the San Francisco 49ers 16-14 on Sunday afternoon.  The win puts the Falcons at 3-1 on the year and in good position through the first quarter of the 2010 NFL Season. For the 49ers however, they drop to 0-4, leaving the preseason NFC West favorites continuing to look for answers.

Perhaps the 49ers season so far could be summed up by one play in this one. Late in the fourth quarter San Francisco’s Nate Clements intercepted a Matt Ryan pass that would have virtually iced the game for the 49ers, only to have Falcon receiver Roddy White chase down Clements from behind and strip the ball.  Atlanta recovered, and drove the ball down for the game-winning field goal.

What’s more, is that Atlanta scored all 16 of their points after San Francisco jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, behind an Alex Smith touchdown pass to tight end Vernon Davis.  That was followed by an incredible punt block on the goal line that was barely caught with two feet in the end zone by Safety Taylor Mays.

White made the play of the game for Atlanta, and then was also successful catching the ball on the afternoon, hauling in seven receptions for 104 yards with 60 of those yards coming on the game-winning drive.

San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith finished the day completing 21 of 32 passes for 188 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  The 49er quarterback started out of the gate with a touchdown drive, but the Falcons defense was able to contain him the rest of the way.  Running back Frank Gore had himself a productive day on the ground and and receiving, though he did not get into the end zone.  Gore Rushed for 77 yards on 21 carries and caught seven passes for 60 yards.

On the other side of the ball, Ryan completed 26 of 43 passes for 273 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  Running back Michael Turner was held at bay for only 50 yards rushing on 16 carries.

While White led all receivers, Harry Douglas caught the lone Ryan touchdown pass for the Falcons in the second quarter to begin the Atlanta comeback.

Entering the game, Atlanta was set as a seven-point favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Betting lines, with the over/under at 42.5 points.  Despite the loss, the 49ers covered the line, with the games total of 30 points taking the under.

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