Preview: 49ers at Falcons

WHERE: Georgia Dome

WHEN: 10 a.m. PT

TV: FOX RADIO: KNBR 680/1050 AM, 107.7 FM

THE LINE: Falcons by 6 (42.5 total)

THE SERIES: San Francisco leads, 44-29-1. Falcons have won three straight.


The Niners entered last year's meeting against the Falcons on Oct. 9 at Candlestick on a five-game home winning streak, but they ended with humiliating 45-10 loss, their worst home defeat in 42 years. Humiliating? Atlanta WR Roddy White had six catches for 185 yards — in the first half. Niners CB Dre' Bly was stripped during an interception return after he began hot-dogging about 75 yards too soon. The 49ers, outscored 31-3 in the final three quarters, were booed off the field at halftime. Coach Mike Singletary got in a shouting match with Falcons offensive lineman Harvey Dahl in the third quarter. Trailing by five touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, Singletary used his three timeouts, the first after the Falcons had kneeled down to end the 49ers' misery. Yes, humiliating.


49ERS: WR Ted Ginn (knee) and C Eric Heitmann (fibula) are doubtful; CB Will James (ankle) is questionable; S Dashon Goldson (knee, foot) and LB Takeo Spikes (knee) are probable.

FALCONS: S Erik Coleman (knee), WR Michael Jenkins (shoulder) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) are questionable; CB Brent Grimes (not injury related) is probable.


49ERS (0-3): The Niners' inability to win on the road isn't new — they were, after all, 2-6 away from home last year. But at least they used to make it interesting. The 49ers lost their six road games by a combined 33 points in ‘09, losing by more than six points just once. Such competitiveness against elite teams such as the Vikings (27-24) and the Colts (18-14) was a reason the Niners were expected to take the next step this season. But instead of a breakthrough on the road, San Francisco has been blown out by a combined 46 points — seven more than their previous seven road losses combined. In the second half of their two road losses this season, the Niners have been outscored 38-7. The problems could be compounded in Atlanta where the Falcons have the NFL's third-best home record (14-3) since 2008, trailing only Minnesota and New England and QB Matt Ryan is 14-1 as a starter.

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