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

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The quarterbacks

So far this season, the Falcons have played the Cowboys without Tony Romo and the Titans without Marcus Mariota. Now, they take on the 49ers sans Colin Kaepernick. Unlike the other two who were injured, the man that led his team into the Super Bowl three short years ago has been benched.

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Instead, Atlanta must game plan for backup Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert—selected with the 10th overall pick by the Jaguars in 2011—hasn’t lived up to expectations in his career, but has the task of getting his team a third win on the season.

The Falcons have the clear advantage at the quarterback position. Matt Ryan has thrown for over 30,000 yards, thrown 192 touchdown passes to 98 interceptions, led his team into the NFC Championship Game and earned three Pro Bowl selections.

Ryan hasn’t been at his best in recent games, but is still easily one of the league’s top passers. Against a struggling 49ers defense, Matty Ice should bounce back.

Next: The offenses