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San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons: Who Has The Edge?

Ashley SwaffordContributor IOctober 1, 2010

San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons: Who Has The Edge?

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    The San Francisco 49ers play the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome this Sunday. This 74 year old rivalry will return for its 75th meeting. The lines are drawn and one team has the ultimate edge over the other. Who will win this Sunday? Will the 49ers win their first game of the season on the road to defeat this age old rival? Or will the Falcons lengthen their win streak over the continuously slumping 49ers?

Edge: Falcons

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    Atlanta quarterback, Matt Ryan, celebrates after a touchdown over the New Orleans Saints this season.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    Though the San Francisco 49ers lead the all time series 44-30-1, the Atlanta Falcons hold the current win streak at 3-0. The rivalry dates back to 1966 when the 49ers won 44-7 at Atlanta. However, in more recent years, the tables have turned. Last year’s meeting, the Falcons won 45-10 at San Francisco. Also, the 49ers have lost all of their games so far, falling to a team, Kansas City, that the Falcons made quick work of in the preseason. 

Edge: Falcons

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    Falcon Jerious Norwood hopes to get more touches like this one on Sunday.Doug Benc/Getty Images

    The Atlanta Falcons are hot coming off a win against the defending Super Bowl champions on the road. All the while, the 49ers continue to fall into a huge slump, losing all three of their opening games. Because the 49ers’s preseason success did not carry over into the regular season, the California based team is beginning to point fingers. Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye was fired after just three games into the season. He was fired after not producing any effective offensive plays. The offense has seemed lackluster all three games of this 2010 season. Quarterbacks coach, Mike Johnson, will become the new offensive coordinator. 

Edge: Falcons

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    Michael Turner runs toward the end zone this past Sunday.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    The Falcons have an edge in almost every category, including passing, rushing, and receiving leaders. San Francisco’s sub-par quarterback may not be the only one to blame for their horrible lose-streak. Atlanta’s Michael Turner edges San Francisco’s Frank Gore in rushing yards per carry.  Though Gore also falls in receiving to 49ers’s Roddy White, Gore is the only player keeping the 49ers offense still breathing. 

Prediction

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    The Atlanta Falcons edge the San Francisco 49ers 28-17. The Falcons have home field advantage over the 49ers. Also, the Falcons are coming off a big win, while the 49ers are coming off an embarrassing loss. The 49ers lose-streak is about to be lengthened as of Saturday. 

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