49ers beat Falcons for fifth dominate in 6 matches

Jimmy Garoppolo tossed for 235 yards and a TD, San Francisco ran for three additional scores and the 49ers won for the fifth time in six games, beating the Atlanta Falcons 31-13 on Sunday.

The Niners (8-6) scored scores on four straight drives to make simple work of the Falcons (6-8) to stay in trump card position as the 6th spot group in the NFC.

Atlanta got halted at the objective line on its first ownership of the game and lost a bungle on a strip sack by Nick Bosa on the initial drive of the last part.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the final part of a NFL football match-up in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the final part of a NFL football match-up in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

That helped the Niners accept control as they exploited the great field position to drive 38 yards to take a 24-10 lead on Jeff Wilson Jr’s. 5-yard run.

The Falcons agreed to a field objective in the red zone on their next belonging when tension by Arden Key constrained Matt Ryan into a deficient pass on third-and-objective from the 4.

San Francisco reacted with a 75-yard drive covered by Garoppolo’s 4-yard TD pass to Jauan Jennings.

Kyle Juszczyk and Deebo Samuel scored on San Francisco’s other TD runs in the primary half.

Ryan tossed for 236 yards with a 20-yard TD to Russell Gage in the main half, however was under constant strain the vast majority of the game.

The Falcons battled close to the objective line, running 13 plays from the 10-yard line or closer without scoring a TD, tied for the second-most plays that near the end zone without a score starting around 1991.

SACK STREAK

Bosa’s sack was his fifteenth of the period and gave him sacks in six straight games, the longest for a 49ers player since Aldon Smith did it in seven straight games in 2012.

Bosa is 4 1/2 sacks short of Smith’s establishment record 19 1/2 sacks that season.

RUNNING DEEBO

The 49ers took a 17-10 lead into the half later Samuel took a handoff and scored on a 10-yard run with 33 seconds left in the subsequent quarter.

Samuel has run for a TD in his beyond five games, giving him seven on the season. His streak is the third longest for San Francisco since the consolidation, following just Raheem Mostert (six of every 2019) and Derek Loville (six out of 1995).

Messy START

The Niners got off to a harsh beginning when JaMycal Hasty bungled the initial kick to give Atlanta the ball at the 12.

Yet, the Falcons couldn’t underwrite in the wake of getting a first-and-objective at the 1 with Cordarrelle Patterson getting halted on two conveys and Ryan tossing a couple of deficiencies.

Later Atlanta scored a field objective on its subsequent drive, Hasty bobbled another opening shot, losing it too far out at the 9.

KEY INJURIES

Hawks: WR Tajae Sharpe (foot) left in the last part and didn’t return.

49ers: S Talanoa Hufanga (knee) left in the main half and didn’t return. … Bosa left momentarily with a head injury yet was cleared to return.

UP NEXT

Birds of prey: Host Lions on Sunday.

49ers: Visit Tennessee on Thursday night

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