Atlanta Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers: Tale of the tape

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December 23, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes the football against San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) and defensive end Ray McDonald (91) during the fourth quarter in the final regular season game at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Falcons 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons (6-2) look to get back on track this week when they hit the road to take on the San Francisco 49ers (2-6). How do the two teams stack up entering this contest?

What’s been frustrating for the Falcons of late has been the turnovers. Without costly errors on the offensive side of the football, they could be sat here at 8-0. But now they face the prospect of entering the bye week at 6-3 if they can’t get past a struggling 49ers team.

After losing so many key pieces to their team in the offseason as well as their head coach, how do San Francisco shape up? They are not the same beast they were in the 2012 NFC Championship Game, that’s for sure. But neither is Atlanta.

How do these two teams stack up? Here’s the tale of the tape.

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