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

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The offenses

When comparing the two offenses, there is no contest. The Falcons are stronger in just about every department. If you can combine a strong trio at quarterback, running back and wide receiver to go with a solid offensive line, you have the foundations of a strong offense. Atlanta has all of the above, San Francisco doesn’t.

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The biggest threats on offense for San Francisco likely won’t be on the field. Colin Kaepernick may not be the league’s best passer, but he can burn defenses with his legs. The 49ers are also a team that likes to run the football, but have been cleaned out at the running back position.

Carlos Hyde will likely be out with a foot injury, Reggie Bush is out for the season with a torn ACL, Jarryd Hayne was recently waived, and the 49ers have had to turn to former Saint Pierre Thomas.

San Francisco lost receiver Michael Crabtree in free agency as well as running back Frank Gore, and traded tight end Vernon Davis to Denver this week. There isn’t a whole lot for Atlanta to fear, and Dan Quinn’s fourth-ranked unit has a clear advantage.

Next: The defenses