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Falcons vs. 49ers: a brief look at the series history

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The Falcons are a team without an identity right now. They play solid football some of the time. But, for the most part, they don’t. And with only 3 games standing between the Falcons and the offseason, there are undoubtedly more questions than answers. In other words, it’s a great time to face off against one of the best teams in the NFC.

Let’s take a quick look at the series history before tomorrow’s game.

These teams first played on October 16, 1966, a 44-7 drubbing of the Falcons by the 49ers. That 49ers win set the tone for this series, which currently sits at 47-31-1. If you recall, the Falcons and the 49ers were both members of the NFC West between 1967 and 2002, hence their lengthy history.

For what it’s worth, these teams have split their last 10 games evenly. The 49ers came away victorious in 3 of their last 5 matchups, including the January 20, 2013 49ers victory that sent them to the Super Bowl.

These teams last played on December 18, 2016, a 41-13 Falcons victory. Matt Ryan turned in an efficient line, going 17 for 23 for 286 passing yards and 1 touchdown. But the real star of that game was Devonta Freeman. Free gained 139 yards on the ground on 20 carries, racking up 3 rushing touchdowns. Unfortunately it’d be foolish to expect a similar performance tomorrow.

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