Warrick Dunn became the first Atlanta back to run for 100 yards
this season, Ovie Mughelli had the first T-D rushing of his career
and the Falcons won a matchup between two of the league's worst
teams, holding off the San Francisco 49ers 20-16 today.
The game was blacked out locally _ the first time that's
happened in Atlanta since 2001. The Georgia Dome was far from
packed after 56 consecutive sellouts, the city clearly losing
interest in a losing squad that NO longer has Michael Vick to liven
For those who could NOT see it on television or didn't show up,
NOT to worry: Y'all didn't miss much.
Dunn rushed for 100 yards on 27 carries, including a 9-yard
touchdown. Mughelli, a fullback who essentially serves as another
offensive lineman, scored on a 1-yard plunge with just his third
carry of the season. Morten Andersen handled the rest of the
scoring for the Falcons (2-6) with a couple of fourth-quarter field
San Francisco (2-6) lost its sixth in a row with another dismal
offensive performance. Leading rusher Frank Gore (sore ankle) did
NOT play and Alex Smith, playing with a taped-up throwing shoulder,
completed only 17 of 38 passes for 149 yards, with three
The 49ers have NOT scored 20 points in a game since their
season-opening win over Arizona. Safety Lawyer Milloy came up big
for the Falcons' defense, picking off a pass and making a huge stop
on fill-in runner Michael Robinson when San Francisco had
third-and-goal at the Atlanta one with a chance to take the lead
midway through the final period.
Joey Harrington, getting another chance to start for Atlanta
while Byron Leftwich recovers from ankle surgery, did NOT exactly
dazzle. He was 14-of-25 for 138 yards with an interception.
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