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Silver linings: 49ers vs. Falcons

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The 49ers fell to 3-2 with a 45-10 home defeat to the Falcons in Week 5.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Mike Singletary knew immediately he had let his emotions get the best of him while jawing with Falcons guard Harvey Dahl. Singletary admitted his error immediately following the game.

  • Josh Morgan's 61-yard reception gave him a 19.5-yard average in each of his last two games.

  • After falling behind 14-0, the 49ers answered with a 78-yard touchdown drive. They added a nine-play drive to a field goal in cutting the deficit to 14-10. No one could have known the game would get so out of hand from there.

  • The 49ers have two weeks to get Michael Crabtree ready for his NFL debut.

Looking ahead: The 49ers visit the Texans in Week 7 after a bye.