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Week 5 Game Recap: Atlanta Falcons 45, San Francisco 49ers 10

Atlanta Falcons

QB Matt Ryan, Pass: 22 - 32 - 329 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 3 - 1

Ryan dissected the 49ers defense in a Manning/Brady/Brees-esque surgical performance. He was given a lot of time to survey the field by his offensive line, and he used it to see the field with clarity and make smart decisions and accurate throws. Ryan hooked up with Roddy White a lot early in the contest, including a deep TD where Ryan led White to the open part of the end zone with ease, and a quick throw that White turned into a 90-yard catch and run TD. Ryan was patient, and his execution and timing were precise on all but a handful of plays. His one interception came when the umpire disrupted Roddy White's crossing route, but Ryan hustled downfield to make a fumble recovery when White caught Dre Bly from behind. Ryan scoring a rushing TD when a rollout was called on 1st and goal at the one and nothing came open in the end zone. Ryan performed very well, but the 49ers defense seemed to lose their fight when the Falcons opened up a lead in the second quarter.

RB Michael Turner, Rush: 22 - 97 - 3

Turner was instrumental in putting away the 49ers with his unstoppable red zone presence in the first half. He ran over Michael Lewis and the umpire on his first TD run, and he made a savvy cutback on his second TD run. The third TD run was created by the offensive line with a good push at the one-yard line. The 49ers run defense was stout at first, but Turner started breaking more and more of their tackles as the game went on, and he was able to break into the open field a handful of times and show his speed. Turner did fumble in enemy territory for the second straight game, but this time the Falcons recovered.

RB Jerious Norwood, Rush: 12 - 44 - 0, Rec: 1 - -6 - 0 (1 targets)

Norwood got a lot of work in the fourth quarter, but only got to show his speed on one red zone run in the second half. Norwood did see a good hole and made an explosive cutback on a toss carry in the first half. He also got a direct snap on a short yardage play that he converted. Norwood did fumble away a quick pass in the first half, and Norwood still hasn't looked like a game changer yet this year.

RB Jason Snelling, Rush: 2 - 5 - 0, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (4 targets)

Snelling saw the field a lot as a fullback, and got a few touches as a runner and receiver on early drives. He also got the short yardage work after Michael Turner was pulled in the fourth quarter.

WR Roddy White, Rec: 8 - 210 - 2 (10 targets)

White got warmed up early with a couple of out routes. He got behind Dashon Goldson for an easy long bomb TD later in the first half, and then landed the punch that really sent the 49ers reeling when he caught a contested ball against Nate Clements on a quick throw deep in Falcons territory and ran away from the defense for a 90-yard TD. White also converted some key third downs in the game and caught a pass at the one-yard line later in the contest. He even chased down Dre Bly and separated him from the ball after Matt Ryan's only interception.

WR Michael Jenkins, Rec: 2 - 35 - 0 (4 targets)

Jenkins worked the middle of the field for a couple of good gains, but otherwise wasn't a big part of the game plan.

WR Brian Finneran, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets)

Finneran made the most of his one target, converting a first down with strong running after a catch to carry a tackler a few yards past the first down marker.

WR Marty Booker (1 targets)

Booker had an early drop on third down and Matt Ryan did not look his way for the rest of the game.

TE Tony Gonzalez, Rec: 6 - 55 - 0 (10 targets)

Gonzalez didn't score, but he still made his mark on this game. After an early drop inside in the five on a low throw from Ryan and another Ryan pass that slipped away because it was too high, Gonzalez settled down and got open enough to keep the chains moving and keep the 49ers pass defense off balance. He drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone in the second half and then kept defenders from getting to Ryan as he ran it in on first and goal.

San Francisco 49ers

QB Shaun Hill, Pass: 15 - 38 - 198 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 53 - 0

Hill never seemed to get comfortable in this game. He faced a lot of pressure from the first drive to the last, and looked antsy in the pocket on most dropbacks. The 49ers tried a lot of quick timing throws, but Hill's rhythm was off because of defenders in his face, and sometimes he didn't seem to be on the same page as his receivers. Hill did show good instincts to pull the ball down and run when nothing was there and he got flushed from the pocket, ripping off some good gains. The coaching staff also trusted him enough to call a pass on an early 4th and 1, and Hill made the play. His interception came off a Mike Peterson deflection, but the pass wasn't going to be a completion even if Peterson hadn't gotten a hand on it. Hill's throwing mechanics got sloppier as the game went on, and his deep balls weren't even close to being completions. He was a competitive gamer, but it was clear that he didn't have the ability to get the 49ers back in this game.

RB Glen Coffee, Rush: 12 - 45 - 1, Rec: 4 - 21 - 0 (5 targets)

Coffee wasn't able to get the running game established, but he did flash a good burst on the few carries where the line opened up a good hole for him. Coffee was able to be active in the passing game because he was Hill's primary checkdown the pressure came, and he scored the 49ers only TD by taking a pitch to the pylon. He also made a great open field move to elude a tackler on a screen pass that was a good gain, but called back by penalty.

WR Josh Morgan, Rec: 4 - 78 - 0 (9 targets)

Morgan got mostly short targets close to the line of scrimmage, and he broke a tackle to turn one into a long gain, only getting tackled at the one-yard line. He was targeted on a deep jumpball in garbage time and drew a pass interference penalty. Morgan made a leaping catch in the end zone near the end of the game, but he couldn't get both feet down. He is definitely the best playmaking threat in the 49ers passing game.

WR Isaac Bruce (4 targets)

Bruce was targeted close to the line of scrimmage most of the time, but he was still tightly covered and couldn't convert any targets into receptions. He did catch a red zone target at the front pylon, but he was out of bounds.

WR Brandon Jones (2 targets)

Jones got one deep target from Hill, but the ball was overthrown and he was well-covered.

TE Vernon Davis, Rec: 5 - 51 - 0 (12 targets)

Davis caught a long pass on fourth and one early in the game, but most of his modest production came when the game was out of hand. He didn't get a chance to be Hill's main man over the middle of the field because Hill didn't have the time to go through his progressions on most dropbacks.

TE Delanie Walker, Rec: 1 - 39 - 0 (3 targets)

Walker made a great catch and long gain on an underthrown ball, but his fumble of a kickoff return was one of the nails in the 49ers coffin in this game.