The rest and recuperation gained during the Falcons’ bye week seemed to have benefited them as they prevailed over the San Francisco 49ers 20-16 to gain their second win of the 2007 season. The changes to the offensive line recently didn’t seem to deter the teams ground attack either, as Warrick Dunn became the first 100-yard rusher for the Falcons of this season as well.
Joey Harrington completed 14 of 25 passes for 138 yards, with an interception. Dunn led rushers with 100 yards on 27 carries (3.7 avg) and a touchdown. Jerious Norwood was injured early on in the contest, and thus was limited to 6 carries, but managed 39 yards (6.5 avg). Ovie Mughelli scored the team’s other touchdown on a 1-yard plunge. He finished the game with 2 carries for 2 yards. Joe Horn led receivers with 4 grabs for 23 yards (5.8 avg). Roddy White added 3 catches for 55 yards (18.3 avg) and Michael Jenkins had 2 catches for 31 yards (15.5 avg).
Defensively, the Falcons held firm limiting the 49ers to 265 total yards. They also forced four 49er turnovers, including 3 interceptions. The final interception by Jimmy Williams on a hail mary by Alex Smith sealed the team’s second win. DeAngelo Hall’s interception on the 49ers previous possession also was instrumental in getting the Falcons a victory. Michael Boley led defenders with 10 tackles, a pass deflection, and also caused a fumble. Keith Brooking (6 tackles, 1 sack), Lawyer Milloy (8 tackles, 1 interception), Chris Crocker (5 tackles, 3 pass deflections), DeAngelo Hall (4 tackles, 1 interception), and John Abraham (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble) all had noteworthy performances.
On special teams, Morten Andersen connected on 2 field goal attempts of 33 and 27 yards in the fourth quarter. Michael Koenen had 6 punts for an average of 39.7 yards, with 2 placed inside the 20-yard line. Adam Jennings returned 2 punts for 23 yards, and 1 kickoff for 28 yards.
Next week the Falcons will travel to Charlotte to face the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons hope to exact some revenge on the Panthers, following a tough loss in Week 3 this season.