The offense that scores more points per game played the defense that allows the most on Sunday in Atlanta.
In other words, the Falcons got up early against the 49ers and never loosened their control of the contest, coasting to a 41-13 victory.
It was the Niners’ worst wire-to-wire loss in a series of 13 straight as a shorthanded defense allowed Atlanta’s running backs to total 248 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The Falcons rushed to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and rested their starters for most of the fourth quarter with the game well in hand after outgaining the 49ers 550-272.
“That’s a really good offensive football team,” Kelly told reporters after the game. “It’s a team that could make some hay in the playoffs.”
The Niners scored two touchdowns in the second quarter but were never within two scores of the high-powered home team.
The 49ers lost several players to injury in the contest as receiver Quinton Patton, linebacker Nick Bellore, tight end Blake Bell and cornerback Jimmie Ward all left the contest with injuries.
“I haven’t been in a game like this ever. We had to do a lot of mixing and matching,” Kelly said of trying to fill holes in the linebacker corps.
The Niners return to action next Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, who represent the team from Santa Clara’s only win this season.