The Falcons haven’t had an easy time of things in 2019, but that hasn’t always been because of their opponent. Too often, this Atlanta team has shot itself in the foot against teams that shouldn’t have been able to run them over, most embarrassingly against the Texans, Titans, and Cardinals.
The 49ers, though? They’re the best team the Falcons have faced all season, which means the modest improvements this team has managed in recent weeks may not amount to much on Sunday afternoon. As banged up as they are, San Francisco has the makings of a juggernaut, and even an exhausting win over the Saints probably isn’t going to slow them down at home against the Falcons.
It’ll take a stellar effort from Atlanta just to stay in this one, and while the defense has been more game in recent weeks, they’ll be missing Desmond Trufant again and facing a familiar offensive mastermind on the opposite sideline. The offense may fare better—the 49ers defense is depleted and Dirk Koetter and company are making teeny tiny strides—but the offensive line still isn’t 100% healthy and Calvin Ridley is now gone. If you’re optimistic about this one, you’re a cheerier fan than me.
That said, we’ll all be tuning in Sunday, and here’s how you can do so.
Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 49ers, Week 15
When: Sunday, December 15, 4:25 p.m. EST
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Announcers: Chris Meyers, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Laura Okmin
Radio: 92.9 The Game
Key Questions: Will the 49ers mash the Falcons or simply beat them? Can the Falcons solid run defense stop one of the league’s most potent rushing attacks? Who fills the vacuum left by Calvin Ridley’s injury?
Prediction: Falcons lose, 35-27
SB Nation Opposition Site: Niners Nation
2019 Falcons Schedule (4-9)
Week 1: @Minnesota Vikings — Loss
Week 2: vs. Philadelphia Eagles — Win
Week 3: @Indianapolis Colts — Loss
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans — Loss
Week 5: @Houston Texans —Loss
Week 6: @Arizona Cardinals — Loss
Week 7: vs. Los Angeles Rams — Loss
Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks — Loss
Week 9: BYE WEEK
Week 10: @New Orleans Saints — Win
Week 11: @Carolina Panthers — Win
Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Loss
Week 13: vs. New Orleans Saints — Loss
Week 14: vs. Carolina Panthers — Win
Week 15: @San Francisco 49ers — Sunday, December 15, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars — Sunday, December 22, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Week 17: @Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Sunday, December 29, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)