Lackluster Offense Does in 49’ers 20-16 in Atlanta

Alex Smith did not play well in the loss

The 49’ers offense was without Frank Gore on Sunday, and they played like it.  With one of the uglier offensive performances in sometime, the 9’ers were defeated 20-16 at the Georgia Dome by a Falcons team that had just one win entering the contest.  The storyline of the 20-16 win was Warrick Dunn finally getting off on the Falcons running game, going over 100 yards for the first time in 2007.  He ran for 100 yards on  27 carries with a score.

Neither team went over 300 yards on offense, with the Falcons with 286 yards and San Fran with 251.  The 9’ers were without leading rusher Frank Gore, who sat out the game with an ankle injury.  The 49’ers were not able to generate much offense, as Alex Smith threw for just 149 yards on 17-for-38 passing.

Joey Harrington was not exactly stellar for the Falcons, as he threw for 138 yards on 14-for-25 passing, but while his counterpart Smith threw three picks, he threw for just one.  The Falcons running game and defense saved Harrington, as he got 155 yards on 39 carries (4.0 yards per carry) from the running game and the defense didn’t allow the 49’ers any rhythm.

The 49’ers (2-6) have lost six in a row, and will play at Seattle on Monday night November 12th.

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