Wrapping up Atlanta's 16-14 win against the 49ers:
What it means: Much like the Saints, who won an ugly game against Carolina, the Falcons struggled with a winless San Francisco team for most of the day. But, just like the Saints, the Falcons won it at the end. That means Atlanta, which might have been a bit worn out by last week’s big win against New Orleans, remains tied with the Saints at 3-1 atop the NFC South.
What’s next: The Falcons travel to Cleveland next week. After that, there’s a big storyline developing on the horizon. On Oct. 17, Atlanta goes to Philadelphia to face the Eagles and quarterback Michael Vick.
Hero: Matt Bryant. For the second straight week, Bryant hit a late field goal to give the Falcons a win. Bryant’s become pretty much what the Falcons thought they had in Jason Elam last year – a steady veteran who doesn’t miss clutch kicks.
Unsung hero: Roddy White. Yeah, he’s a Pro Bowl receiver, so it’s kind of hard to call him unsung. But White made a big play in a unique role against the 49ers. He hustled down the field and forced a fumble by cornerback Nate Clements, who had just intercepted a pass. The Falcons recovered and that helped set up the winning kick.
What I liked: After last week’s victory in New Orleans, the Falcons talked about a “character win’’. That was true, but I think you also could call this one a character win. Anytime you aren’t playing at the top of your game and still win, it shows you have character.