Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
The Falcons sent out a whole bunch of interesting statistical notes about Sunday’s victory. We won’t share them all with you, but will pick out the ones that are most significant.
With a win over San Francisco, the Falcons are now 6-0 following a loss under coach Mike Smith.
After totaling 45 points against San Francisco, the game marked the sixth occasion under Smith and offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey that the Falcons generated 30 or more points in a game.
The Falcons set a new team record with 35 points in the first half of play. Atlanta topped the old mark of 34 points against Detroit on October 5, 1980. The Falcons finished the game with 45 points, marking the most in a game since a win against Carolina at home last season (Nov. 23, 2008).
Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White caught his first touchdown reception of the game and second of the season when quarterback Matt Ryan tossed a 31-yard strike at the 6:32 mark in the first quarter. The score gave the Falcons a 14-0 lead. Ryan and White connected again in the second quarter with a 90-yard touchdown at the 6:59 mark, giving Atlanta a 21-10 advantage. The pass and reception for Ryan and White set new career highs.
The pass and reception also mark the third longest in franchise history and the longest pass play since 2001.
Ryan completed 15 of 21 passes for 258 yards in the first half, setting a new career-high for the first half of play. Ryan finished the game having completed 22 of 32 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns for a 110.0 passer rating. The game was his third-career 300-yard passing outing as the second-year quarterback set a new career-high in total passing yards in a single game.
For the third consecutive game, the Falcons offensive line did not allow a sack of Ryan. The line paved the way for the Falcons to net 477 total yards.
Running back Michael Turner finished the game with 22 carries for 97 yards and three touchdowns. Since he was acquired by the Falcons last season, Atlanta is 13-1 when he totals more than 20 carries per game.
With his first reception of the game at the 9:28 mark in the first quarter, tight end Tony Gonzalez increased his consecutive games with a reception streak to 135, which ranks third in the NFL.
Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann tallied his team-leading (tied with John Abraham) third sack of the season on a 49ers third down play in the second quarter, which moved San Francisco out of field goal range and forced a punt. Biermann has already totaled a new career season-high with three sacks in 2009.