Falcons 45

(3-1, 1-1 away)

49ers 10

(3-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, October 11, 2009

Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 14 21 3 745
SF 7 3 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: M. Ryan (ATL) - 329 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Turner (ATL) - 22 CAR, 97 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: R. White (ATL) - 8 REC, 210 YDS, 2 TD

Falcons flatten 49ers with six touchdowns to end Niners' home win streak 

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers' leader knows he lost his cool.

Mike Singletary became so frustrated with his team's poor play he couldn't help himself but to verbally respond to former 49er Harvey Dahl when the offensive lineman engaged the coach near the San Francisco sideline with Atlanta driving downfield again.

Yasinskas: Back To Old Form

Roddy White just went out and had fun -- lots of it -- as the Falcons set a franchise record by scoring 35 points in the first half, writes Pat Yasinskas. Blog

• NFC South blog

Roddy White had a 90-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown and a 31-yard TD reception, Michael Turner ran for three scores and the Falcons flattened the 49ers 45-10 on Sunday to end San Francisco's five-game home winning streak.

"I'll put it this way: I wish I had more coaching etiquette," Singletary said afterward. "I don't. I love my players and when someone responds about my players in a particular way, I may do some things I shouldn't do. I have to get better at those things as time goes on. ...

"Even though the player was talking to me, I should not have said what I said. It wasn't anything bad, it was just something that shouldn't have happened."

Of their third-quarter spat, Dahl would only say, "He's a fiery guy."

White finished with eight catches for a career-high and franchise-record 210 yards against the 49ers' typically stingy defense. Six of those receptions were in the first half for 185 yards as Atlanta (3-1) came out of its bye week sharp and finished the day with a 477-279 advantage in total yards. Matt Ryan completed 22 of 32 passes for 329 yards and two TDs and also ran for a late score.

Fast Facts

• Roddy White shattered the franchise record with 210 receiving yards as the Falcons blew out the 49ers.

• Matt Ryan completed 22-of-32 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns, both to White. Ryan also rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

• Michael Turner ran for 97 yards and three scores as the Falcons scored their most points since Week 12 of last season.

• Shaun Hill completed less than half his passes and threw a pick as the 49ers fell to 3-2 on the season.

• The 49ers' defense allowed five plays of 20 yards or more after having allowed 11 all season.

• The Falcons improved to 3-1 for the first time since 2006.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

San Francisco (3-2) flopped in its biggest test yet, falling to its worst defeat since a 41-0 loss at Kansas City on Oct. 1, 2006, under former coach Mike Nolan. Singletary said his players weren't prepared.

"We lost our composure," linebacker Manny Lawson said.

It got quiet in a hurry at Candlestick Park on a gray October afternoon -- and the Niners were booed off the field at halftime trailing 35-10. Fans left in droves in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers failed to respond even after Singletary called timeout midway through the first quarter and brought his team together for a spirited pep talk. White scored his first touchdown on the very next play, and his big day helped Atlanta to its first road win of 2009.

On his 90-yard TD, White somersaulted into the end zone, a flip that landed him an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

"He didn't hit the landing because if he hits the landing it's not a 15-yard penalty," coach Mike Smith joked. "I told him if he's going to do it, it needs to be Olga Korbut. And he looked at me like he doesn't know who Olga Korbut is. Then I told him, 'Well, maybe Mary Lou Retton.' And then I figure that's '86, he doesn't know who Mary Lou Retton is. It went right over his head and my head."

White broke the previous franchise mark of 198 yards receiving set by Terance Mathis against New Orleans on Dec. 13, 1998.

"I felt like I haven't been playing well up to this point in the season," White said. "Me and coach Smith had a talk. He was like, 'You gotta get back to being yourself again. You gotta go out there and be the old Roddy. No pressure. Just go out there and play.'"

San Francisco's three turnovers were one more than the team had in its first four games combined. After White's second touchdown in the first half, Delanie Walker fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Falcons recovered. It looked as if the ground might have caused the fumble, but San Francisco was out of timeouts and couldn't challenge the play.

Falcons Fake To Win

Matt Ryan and the Falcons took advantage of the play-action fake to storm past the 49ers.

Ryan by play
Play-action Others
Cmp-Att 9-10 13-22
Yards 122 207
TD-Int 2-0 0-1
Passer rating 157.1 71.6

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Even when things went right for the 49ers, they ended up wrong.

Dre' Bly intercepted a pass by Ryan at the San Francisco 10 midway through the third quarter but was caught from behind when it appeared Bly began celebrating during his return. Ryan swiped at the loose ball on the ground before center Todd McClure fell on it for the Falcons.

"Dre's going to be Dre'," Bly said. "When I make plays, and I've made a lot, I express myself."

Shaun Hill struggled mightily, and so did the entire San Francisco offense. Hill's perfect 7-0 record at home as a starter evaporated. The 49ers clearly miss star running back Frank Gore, out until after the bye with a sprained ankle.

Hill completed only four of his first 15 passes and finished the day 15 for 38 for 198 yards and three sacks.

San Francisco lost strong safety Michael Lewis to his third concussion of the season. He went down early in the third quarter after leading with his helmet trying to tackle Turner. Lewis sustained two concussions during an 11-day span in the preseason.

Game notes

49ers RT Adam Snyder bruised his left thigh, DT Ray McDonald sprained his left ankle, CB Tarrell Brown strained his right groin and Coffee bruised his left leg. ... Atlanta has won the last three meetings, including following its bye week in 2007.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2813
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays7258
Total Yards477279
Yards per play6.64.8
Total Drives1212
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-51-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

atlTD11:15Michael Turner 7 Yard Run (Jason Elam Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 21 yds, 1:22
atlTD6:39Roddy White 31 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 66 yds, 3:05
sfTD4:23Glen Coffee 2 Yard Run (Joe Nedney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 78 yds, 2:23
sfFG11:11Joe Nedney 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 41 yds, 3:46
atlTD7:13Roddy White 90 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Jason Elam Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 96 yds, 1:23
atlTD5:44Michael Turner 3 Yard Run (Jason Elam Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 38 yds, 1:11
atlTD1:21Michael Turner 1 Yard Run (Jason Elam Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 54 yds, 3:32
atlFG5:59Jason Elam 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 22 yds, 3:41
atlTD8:27Matt Ryan 1 Yard Run (Jason Elam Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 76 yds, 8:34