49ers Clubhouse 

49ers Come From Behind In Throwback Fashion

October 15, 2001

by James Parrott
Clubhouse Staff Writer

The 49ers came from behind Sunday to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 37-31, in a display that bore all the hallmarks of the great 49ers teams of the last two decades.

After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter and 20-7 at the half the offence finally got moving, turning to their passing game to outscore Atlanta 30-11 after the half.

Down by two touchdowns, the defence received a blast from leader Bryant Young which led to the turnaround that limited the falcons to 17 points from the final three quarters plus overtime.

Driving to take the lead with under five minutes to play the Niners found themselves down by seven after Anthony Parkers mistake allowed Brian Finneran to take the ball 47 yards for a touchdown. Garcia then drove the 49ers to the tying touchdown throwing 17 yards to Terrell Owens to cap off a 72 yard drive in which he was 6/7 passing for 59 yards and ran twice for 14 yards.

After driving down to the Atlanta sixteen yard line in overtime, Garcia fumbled the snap from fill-in center Dave Fiore. Again the defence came through, holding the falcons to a three and out series.

Getting the ball back once more Garcia took the 49ers 67 yards in 6 plays finishing with a 52 yard touchdown strike to Owens for their third touchdown hook-up of the day.

In a remarkable game safety Lance Schulters dislocated a shoulder on Atlanta's first touchdown, but after having the shoulder put back in he returned to record five tackles and a sack.

After recording zero receptions in the first half, Owens finished the game with 9-183 yards and 3 td's. Garcia, in a second half performance reminiscent of Joe Montana and Steve Young finished 27/41 passing for 332 yards and 3 td's. He also ran for 70 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.

This season, the offence has been able to finish off close games, winning by 3, 2, 10 and 6 points.

With this win, San Francisco improve to 4-1, including three divisional wins matching the previous two years total.

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