1:00 PM ET, October 14, 2001
ATLANTA (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers had done it all before against Atlanta.Fall behind by double digits. Rally for the tying score in the final seconds of regulation. Complete a 52-yard pass and win in overtime. Jeff Garcia threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Terrell Owens, a 52-yarder with 6:16 left in overtime Sunday, giving the 49ers a 37-31 victory over the Falcons.
It's a big win on the road. It's a confidence-builder for a young team to be able to come from behind a couple of different times -- especially when the 49ers fumbled and it looked like they were going to lose.
Give a lot of credit to the coaching staff. At halftime they made some adjustments and said, we need to get the ball to Terrell Owens in the second half. And when you look at the half Owens had, you can see the 49ers did just that.
ESPN.com NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Atlanta's Michael Vick, the NFL's top draft pick, did not play for the first time this season. ... San Francisco's Garrison Hearst returned to the stadium where he suffered a severe ankle injury in the 1998 playoffs. He rushed for 78 yards and caught five passes. ... Niners safety Lance Schulters went out with a dislocated right shoulder in the first quarter. A trainer popped it back in, and Schulters returned to finish with five tackles and a sack. ... San Francisco won at the Georgia Dome for the first time since 1997, snapping a four-game losing streak.