Date: October 1, 2009
Time: 1:05pm PST
Location: Bill Walsh Field @ Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Records: 49ers (3-1) Falcons (2-1)
Bodoglife.com Spread: 49ers -2.5; Over/Under 40.5; Money Line: 49ers -140, Falcons +120 - A 2.5 point spread is rather interesting. The home team automatically gets 3 points. So I guess oddsmakers view the Falcons as just a touch better minus the home field. Give me the 49ers and the under, but just barely.
Weather: 58°F, 8mph SW Wind
TV Broadcast: FOX - Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 680/1050 KNBR - Ted Robinson, Gary Plummer, Rod Brooks
Spanish Radio: KIQI 1010-AM, KATD 990-AM - Mathias Godinez, Melvin Moran, Marcos Gutierrez
Falcons Coverage: The Falcoholic
Week 5 Prediction Contest: If you missed out on the early games, you can still make predictions for tonight and tomorrow.
49ers: Out - RB Frank Gore (ankle, foot), S Reggie Smith (groin), LB Jeff Ulbrich (concussion); Questionable - LB Marques Harris (hamstring); Probable - G David Baas (ankle), WR Arnaz Battle (hand), LB Manny Lawson (illness), CB Allen Rossum (back), LB Patrick Willis (abdomen)
Falcons: Out - S Antoine Harris (knee); Probable - K Jason Elam (left hamstring), RB Ovie Mughelli (hamstring)
49ers: QB Nate Davis, RB Frank Gore, KR Allen Rossum, C Cody Wallace, SS Reggie Smith, LB Jeff Ulbrich, LB Marques Harris, DT Ricky Jean-Francois
Falcons: QB John Parker Wilson, CB Tye Hill, FB Verron Haynes, S Antoine Harris, LB Spencer Adkins, OT Garrett Reynolds, OG Quinn Ojinnaka, DT Vance Walker.
The 49ers get a second chance to make a statement to the rest of the NFC today. The close loss to the Vikings showed they were a team to contend with, but not quite where they wanted to be. A win over Atlanta, even as a home game, would be another step in putting the rest of the league on notice about this team. Good teams win their home games no matter the opponent. The 49ers handled their business last week as they needed to. Now, they face a big challenge from a young and talented Atlanta Falcons team. Time to take care of business.