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Falcons-49ers Game Notes


SAN FRANCISCO-- Game Notes from the Falcons-49ers game at Candlestick Park on October 11, 2009.

  • With a 45-10 win over the 49ers today, the Falcons won their first game against a NFC team on the west coast since 2004. The last victory came against San Francisco by a 21-19 margin in the season opener.
  • With a win over San Francisco, the Falcons are now 6-0 following a loss under Head Coach Mike Smith.
  • After totaling 45 points against San Francisco, the game marked the sixth occasion under Mike Smith and Offensive Coordinator Mike Mularkey that the Falcons generated 30 or more points in a game.
  • The Falcons set a new team record with 35 points in the first half of play against San Francisco. Atlanta topped the old mark of 34 points against Detroit on October 5, 1980. The Falcons finished the game with 45 points, marking the most in a game since a win against Carolina at home last season (11/23/08).
  • Falcons wide receiver Roddy White caught eight passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, setting a franchise record for receiving yards in a single game. White originally broke his franchise-high of 164 yards in the first half of play, totaling 185 yards at halftime.
  • Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White caught his first touchdown reception of the game and second of the season when quarterback Matt Ryan tossed a 31-yard strike at the 6:32 mark in the first quarter. The score gave the Falcons a 14-0 lead. Ryan and White connected again in the second quarter with a 90-yard touchdown at the 6:59 mark, giving Atlanta a 21-10 advantage. The pass and reception for Ryan and White set new career highs. The pass and reception also mark the third longest in franchise history and the longest pass play since 2001.
  • At the conclusion of the first quarter, Roddy White totaled his highest-career receiving total in an opening period of play with 71 yards on four receptions (17.8 avg.). White topped his old mark of 70 yards, which he totaled last season against Kansas City (9/21/08).
  • Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 15 of 21 passes for 258 yards in the first half against San Francisco, setting a new career-high for the first half of play. Ryan finished the game having completed 22 of 32 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns for a 110.0 passer rating. The game was his third-career 300-yard passing outing as the second-year quarterback set a new career-high in total passing yards in a single game.
  • Quarterback Matt Ryan added Atlanta's sixth touchdown of the game on a one-yard rush with 8:20 remaining in the fourth quarter. The score was Ryan's second career rushing touchdown.
  • For the third consecutive game, the Falcons offensive line did not allow a sack of quarterback Matt Ryan. The line paved the way for the Falcons to net 477 total yards.
  • The Falcons found the scoreboard first in the game on a seven-yard rush from Michael Turner to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. Turner then posted his longest rush of the season on a 33-yard carry in the second quarter and later scored on the drive marking his second TD of the day. Turner's third touchdown of the game came later in the quarter under the two-minute mark. The multiple-touchdown game for the six-year pro is the fifth of his career and his first this season. His three touchdowns in the first half also tied his career-high of three scores, which he totaled against Carolina last season (11/23/08).
  • Running back Michael Turner finished the game with 22 carries for 97 yards and three touchdowns. Since he was acquired by the Falcons last season, Atlanta is 13-1 when he totals more than 20 carries per game.
  • On the ensuing kickoff following a Falcons 90-yard touchdown, linebacker Tony Gilbert forced a fumble on the kickoff while the ball was recovered by Kroy Biermann. The recovery led to Atlanta's fourth touchdown of the first half on a running back Michael Turner rush.
  • On San Francisco's first offensive possession of the game, linebacker Mike Peterson tipped a pass which was intercepted by cornerback Brian Williams, his first as a member of the Falcons and the 19th of his career. The turnover led to an Atlanta touchdown.
  • With his first reception of the game at the 9:28 mark in the first quarter, tight end Tony Gonzalez increased his consecutive games with a reception streak to 135, which ranks third in the NFL.
  • Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann tallied his team-leading (tied with Abraham) third sack of the season on a 49ers third down play in the second quarter, which moved San Francisco out of field goal range and forced a punt. Biermann has already totaled a new career season-high with three sacks in 2009.
  • Atlanta defensive end John Abraham posted his third sack of the season in the second quarter against San Francisco and has now improved his career total to 87.0. The sack is his 21.5 in his last 21 games and the 29.5 in his last 35 contests.
  • Falcons kicker Jason Elam split the uprights on a 40-yard field goal, his fourth of the season, giving the Falcons a 38-10 lead. Along with six PATs, Elam finished the game with nine points.


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