Winless Niners heading to Atlanta

Matt Ryan has five TDs and just one pick.

(Bill Haber / Associated Press)

The storyline
Could San Francisco open the season 0-4 and still seriously contend to win the NFC West? I say yes, but it would be an awfully tough climb.

Why you should watch
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is maturing by the game and if the 49ers continue to implode, the likelihood of a sideline blowout mounts.

Did you know?
Niners QB Alex Smith has thrown for over 220 yards in five consecutive games. ... San Francisco's Justin Smith has started 142 games in a row -- the league's longest streak for a defensive lineman. ... Falcons DE John Abraham has a sack in three straight games against the 49ers. ... Atlanta's Roddy White has seven touchdowns in his last eight home games.

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