Welcome back for another week of exciting San Francisco 49ers football. Well, welcome back to more football. The 49ers are back on the road in Week 15, traveling to face the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The game kicks off at 1:05 p.m. PT on FOX with a sizable, but fun crew of Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, and Chris Spielman in the boot, and Peter Schrager on the sideline. The television broadcast has a few random locations alongside the regional broadcasts in Northern California and Georgia. We broke down the broadcast maps here.
The 49ers enter the game 1-12, in the midst of a franchise-record 12-game losing streak. They face the Rams in LA and the Seahawks at home after this game, so 1-15 is really not out of the question. Cleveland remains winless and probably will not win a game, but the 49ers have not secured the No. 2 spot quite yet.
The Falcons enter the game looking to maintain their tiebreaker edge on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons and Bucs are both 8-5, and Tampa Bay is in Dallas tonight. A Falcons win likely will give Atlanta a one-game lead in the division by the end of the evening.
Both teams are dealing with significant injuries. The 49ers will be without left tackle Joe Staley and wide receiver Torrey Smith due to a hamstring injury and concussion, respectively. They also placed center Daniel Kilgore and tight end Vance McDonald on injured reserve this week. The Falcons will be without wide receiver Julio Jones, who is dealing with a turf toe injury. They will also be without cornerback Jalen Collins.
The 49ers are a 13-point underdog in this one. San Francisco is 2-10-1 against the spread this season, joining the Cleveland Browns (2-11) as the only teams with just two wins against the spread. No team in the past 25 years has finished a season with fewer than three wins against the spread. So, yea, the 49ers and Browns are bad.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Game time: Sunday, December 18, 1:05 p.m. PT
TV channel: FOX
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Radio: 810-AM, 107.7 (Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan) | Full listings
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jesus Zarate, Luis Landero/Gabriel Sotelo)
Matchup history: 17-5
Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager
Enemy blog: The Falcoholic
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Week 1: vs. Los Angeles Rams - 28-0 WIN
Week 2: @ Carolina Panthers - 46-27 LOSS
Week 3: @ Seattle Seahawks - 37-18 LOSS
Week 4: vs. Dallas Cowboys - 24-17 LOSS
Week 5: vs. Arizona Cardinals - 33-21 LOSS
Week 6: @ Buffalo Bills - 45-16 LOSS
Week 7: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 34-17 LOSS
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: vs. New Orleans Saints - 41-23 LOSS
Week 10: @ Arizona Cardinals - 23-20 LOSS
Week 11: vs. New England Patriots - 30-17 LOSS
Week 12: @ Miami Dolphins - 31-24 LOSS
Week 13: @ Chicago Bears - 26-6 LOSS
Week 14: vs. New York Jets - 23-17 LOSS
Week 15: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 18
Week 16: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., FOX Saturday, December 24
Week 17: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:25 p.m., FOX, Sunday, January 1