Scoring 24 points on the second best scoring defense in the NFL is amazing work. However, they were just one touchdown too short and couldn't come up with the go-ahead touchdown at the end.
Fourth Quarter: D
Atlanta opened their fourth quarter at their own one-yard line. Ahmad Brooks knocked down the initial pass attempt by Matt Ryan. Mike Cox got his first run of the playoffs for four yards. On 3rd-and-6, Matt Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez for four yards to force the punt.
The second drive of the quarter started with a Roddy White catch for nine yards. Jacquizz Rodgers got the first down on the next play. Tarell Brown knocked away a deep pass to Julio Jones on the very next play.
Ryan then hit Harry Douglas on the next play for six yards to set up a shorter third down. On 3rd-and-4 from their own 37, Ryan took a shot and hit Julio Jones for five yards and the first down. Ryan then ran three yards on a first down play that broke down.
Ryan then hit Julio Jones at midfield for another five yards. On 3rd-and-2 from midfield, Matt Ryan hit Harry Douglas for a catch that brought the Falcons to the 49ers 28. Jacquizz Rodgers then gains nine yards on first down to bring it inside of the red zone.
Harry Douglas gained two yards for another first down at the 16. Rodgers gained a yard before the two minute warning. Ryan hit Jason Snelling for five yards on the next play to bring it to the 49ers 10. On 3rd-and-4 from the 49ers 10, Ahmad Brooks batted the pass away. On 4th-and-4 from their own 10, Roddy White got interfered with and it was knocked away.
On the final drive of the game, Julio Jones caught the Matt Ryan pass over the middle of the field and
Third Quarter: F
Opening at their own 20-yard line, Michael Turner gained three yards to start the half. Matt Ryan than hit Tony Gonzalez for 14 yards for a first down. Jacquizz Rodgers then got a two yard gain on a run to bring it to the 39.
The second down play went right to Gonzalez for another 14 yards and first down. Ryan was then sacked for no loss by Isaac Sopoaga on a coverage sack. Then on the very next play, Ryan threw his first interception of the game to Chris Culliver.
On the first drive after the interception, Jacquizz Rodgers gained seven yards on a run. Jason Snelling then gained 12 yards on second down. Rodgers then gained another 10 yards on his next two runs for another first down.
On the first pass of the drive, Ryan went deep to Roddy White but it was knocked away by Carlos Rogers. A no gain by Snelling set up a third down. On 3rd-and-10 from the 49ers 42, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for 13 yards and another first down.
Rodgers gained one yard on the next play, and then it was followed by a fumble by Matt Ryan on the snap that was recovered by Aldon Smith.
Second Quarter: A
Opening the quarter at the 49ers 20-yard line, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a touchdown pass deep on the left side of the field.
Taking over at their own 20, Ryan hit Roddy White for a 14-yard first down pass. Then Michael Turner carried four guys to gain six yards. An overthrow of Jacquizz Rodgers set up another third down. On 3rd-and-4 from their own 40-yard line, Ryan overthrew Rodgers again for the first punt.
The second drive of the quarter opened with a 15-yard pass to Roddy White. The next play was an incompletion. A 17-yard pass to Tony Gonzalez to follow the incompletion was followed by an illegal contact penalty for another five yards.
Another 13-yard completion to Roddy White to bring the Falcons to the 49ers 31. That was followed by a 15-yard completion to Julio Jones. Another six yards on a completion to Tony Gonzalez gives Atlanta the ball in a 2nd-and-4 situation at the 49ers 10.
On 2nd down, Matt Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez for a 10-yard touchdown to bring the Falcons back up 10 points.
First Quarter: A+
Atlanta opened with a 3-yard Michael Turner run on offense. Then, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a 13-yard gain. Turner got stuffed on another run for just one yard. Ryan missed a second down pass to Roddy White.
On 3rd-and-9 from the Falcons 37, Ryan hit White at the 49ers' 47 for the first down and a 16-yard gain. A one-yard Jacquizz Rodgers run on first down was then followed by a deep touchdown pass to Julio Jones for 46-yards.
A quick-hitter to Jones opened the second drive with an 8-yard gain. Turner gained three yards to force the chains to continue moving on second down. Jones had another acrobatic catch on the next first down for seven more yards.
On the next second down of the drive, Ryan hit Tony Gonzalez for five yards and another first down. On the next first down, Roddy White caught yet another first down pass. Michael Turner got stuffed and then Julio Jones failed to bring in a ball in bounds to bring up another third down.
For 3rd-and-10 from the 50, Julio Jones stole the ball away from the defender for the first down and 27 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers had the first negative-yardage run of the day followed the big Jones catch. Then Tony Gonzalez got another eight yards on the next play to set up a short third down. On 3rd-and-4, Ryan missed Jacquizz Rodgers to set up a 35-yard field goal.
On the final drive of the quarter, Michael Turner gained four yards on the first drive. Then he had another hole for 10 yards. On an ensuing play-action play, Ryan hit White for 23 yards to close the quarter out.
Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers had their best games of the season versus the Seahawks last week. Turner averaged 7.00 yards per carry on his 14 carries while Rodgers averaged 6.4 yards per carry on his 10 carries. The run game had 167 yards on 26 runs last week for the best rushing game of the season.
That set up a good, but not great passing offense that went for 250 yards. Tony Gonzalez had a great catch at the end of the game to set up the final score, but for the most part the Falcons were held in check by the best secondary in the NFL.
They should have a much easier time this week as Chris Culliver, Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown aren't as talented as the Seattle secondary. Expect the Falcons to be able to move the ball well in the passing game if they can establish the run like they did last week.