The Falcons vs 49ers game was an unexpected but welcomed ending to a great week of football. Both defenses showed talent and played one helluva game. However, in the end, no defense can stop Julio. The controversial finish to this game was exactly what it needed to spice things up. Julio was initially ruled down before scoring. The 49ers rushed the field in excitement thinking they just pulled off an amazing stop. Yet, upon further review, Julio just barely broke the plane. Julio’s instinctive play to lean back, as much as he could, got the ball in and earned the Falcons a huge win. Then, on the kickoff, as the 49ers tried a miracle, the Falcons scored again. After a lateral went over a 49ers head, the Falcons recovered the ball and scored. Olamide Zaccheaus got the score, which was an NFL record for the fastest two touchdowns scored.
As Atlanta celebrates their victory, let’s recap how the Falcons performed throughout the game.
Julio’s Big Day
As mentioned in the preview to this game, Julio was poised to have a monster day. Lord behold, that’s exactly what we got. Julio recorded 13 catches for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. Plus, as mentioned before, one of those two touchdowns was the game-winning score. Julio could’ve had much more as he had a one on one situation in the endzone when Matty Ice heaved it downfield. However, the defender of coursed used illegal methods of stopping the catch and was called for pass interference. That play set up a huge touchdown from Qadree Ollison to put them within one score. While the 49ers recorded a field goal in the next series, the Falcons had a ton of fight left with less than a minute to go. Great plays from Julio, Russell Gage, and Matt Ryan all set up a monumental moment in the end.
At first, the Falcons scored by way of Austin Hooper. However, on the first of two controversies, the call was reversed. This was not the right call as it was pretty clear Hooper had possession. Nonetheless, the Julio touchdown came right after, which meant Falcons win.
Aside from the last two drives, the Falcons offense was rather stagnant. They heavily relied on Julio all day and only scored ten points in the first half. Despite the Falcons offensive line being subject of late, they were dominant all day against the number one pass rush. Ryan was only sacked twice, and coming off a week where he was only sacked once, things are looking up for our O-line.
Who’s the Better Defense?
As of late, the Atlanta defense has been amazing. They once again show that this Sunday. At halftime, the game was 10-10. The Falcons only got to Jimmy Garopollo one time, but the sack came from resurging defensive end Vic Beasley. Atlanta also created tons of turnover opportunities. They forced two fumbles and De’vondre Campbell recovered one. While they got bullied by George Kittle all game and played a sloppy third quarter, the Falcons defense stood tall. This includes a key fourth-quarter stop which all lead to a Falcons victory.
While there’s not too much to discuss here, defensive end Takk McKinley is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
With Atlanta getting the win in Falcons vs 49ers, they bumped San Francisco out of first place, and the Saint’s now sit atop the NFC.
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