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NFL Playoffs Capsule: 49ers at Falcons

NFL Playoffs Capsule: 49ers at Falcons

SAN FRANCISCO (12-4-1) at ATLANTA (14-3)

Sunday, 3 p.m., Fox

OPENING LINE - 49ers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 10-7; Atlanta 9-7-1

SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 44-29-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 3; Falcons No. 4

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat 49ers 16-14 on Oct. 3, 2010.

LAST WEEK - 49ers beat Packers 45-31; Falcons beat Seahawks 30-28

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (4), PASS (23)

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (4), PASS (4)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (29), PASS (6)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (21), PASS (23)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons have won last four games in series since 49ers took two OT wins in 2001. ... Teams meeting in playoffs for second time. Super Bowl-bound Falcons beat 49ers 20-18 on Jan. 9, 1999 in divisional playoffs as Jamal Anderson rushed for 113 yards and two TDs. Falcons defense had 3 INTs, including two by S William White. ... 49ers have won NFL-best 16 division titles since 1980. ... Jim Harbaugh is only eighth coach since 1970 to win division titles in each of first two seasons. ... In divisional playoffs win over Packers last week, 49ers set franchise postseason records with 579 total net yards and 323 yards rushing. ... QB Colin Kaepernick has passed for 12 TD with four INTs and rushed for four TDs while posting 6-2 record as starter. In first career playoff start last week, Kaepernick had 263 yards passing with two TDs. He set NFL record for QB in any game with 181 yards rushing with two TDs. Otto Graham (twice) and Jay Cutler only other QBs with at least two passing TDs and two rushing TDs in postseason game. ... RB Frank Gore had 1,213 yards rushing for team-record sixth season with at least 1,000 yards rushing. ... Gore had 119 yards rushing with TD last week. ... WR Michael Crabtree had nine catches for 119 yards, two TDs against Packers last week. ... TE Vernon Davis has 11 catches for 336 yards and four TDs in three career playoff games. ... WR Randy Moss has 10 TD catches in postseason, tied for third in NFL history. Moss needs two TD catches to tie John Stallworth (12) for second place. ... Moss has 24 catches for 331 yards, two TDs, in last three games against Falcons. ... LB Aldon Smith's 33 1/2 sacks are high total for player in first two seasons. Smith led NFC with team-record 19 1/2 sacks this season. ... Falcons set NFL records for 16-game schedule with 55 penalties for 415 yards. Giants had second-fewest penalties with 72 this season. Falcons one of two teams to rank among top seven in NFL in scoring offense (26.2) and scoring defense (16.7). Denver was other team. ... Atlanta hosting first NFC championship game. Falcons played on road splitting NFC championship games in 1998 and 2004 seasons. ... Falcons' win over Seattle was team's first playoff win in five seasons with coach Mike Smith and QB Matt Ryan. ... Ryan's 56 regular-season wins are most by starting quarterback in first five seasons. ... Including playoffs, Ryan 34-6 at Georgia Dome. .... WR Roddy White (1,351) and WR Julio Jones (1,198) are first Atlanta duo to each top 1,000 yards receiving since 1998. White reached 1,000 yards receiving for team-record sixth consecutive season. Including playoffs, White has NFC-leading 590 catches since 2007. ... White had 47-yard TD catch last week. ... Jones closed win over Seattle with INT to become first player since Keyshawn Johnson on Jan. 10, 1999 with at least five catches and INT in postseason game. ... TE Tony Gonzalez, named to 13th Pro Bowl this season, earned first postseason win last week. ... DE John Abraham led Falcons with 10 sacks, giving him 126 for career, most for any active NFL player. ... CB Asante Samuel has seven career postseason INTs, second-most for active player. Samuel holds NFL postseason record with four career TD returns on INTs. ... Thomas DeCoud (6) and William Moore were only NFL duo at safety to each have at least four INTs.

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Wizards barely put up a fight vs. Raptors after Bradley Beal's strong comments

Wizards barely put up a fight vs. Raptors after Bradley Beal's strong comments

The Washington Wizards lost to the Toronto Raptors 140-111 on Friday night on the road. Here are five takeaways from what went down...

1. In case anyone was wondering how the Wizards would respond to Bradley Beal's strong comments about the team's culture, the answer is not well.

The Wizards barely put up a fight against the Toronto Raptors in a lopsided loss. They lost by 29 and trailed by as many as 33.

One reason was they committed 28 turnovers. They also allowed the Raptors to make 22 threes. That's the third-most allowed in one game by the Wizards in franchise history.

This was the Wizards' 41st game of the season. With a 13-28 record, they are on pace to win 26 games.

2. The Wizards didn't just lose this game, they may have lost backup shooting guard Jordan McRae for an extended period of time.

McRae stepped on a shoe at midcourt and rolled his left ankle. He immediately went down in obvious pain and had to be carried off the floor and into the locker room. 

It was reminiscent of the ankle injury Garrison Mathews suffered nearly two weeks ago. That one fortunately did not result in a fracture or ligament damage. He just had a bad ankle sprain.

Just like Mathews, McRae suffered his injury at a time when he was playing well and really coming into his own. Tough timing.

3. There weren't many positives for the Wizards in this one, but Isaac Bonga certainly was one. The second-year wing dropped a career-high 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds and a steal. Five of his rebounds were on the offensive end.

Bonga shot 6-for-9 from the field and hit two threes. His continued development as a scorer has been impressive to watch this season.

4. Davis Bertans is such a good shooter that when he releases the ball, it is expected to go in. Even rarer, it seems, he misses two in a row.

Every once in a while, once in a blue moon, he has a legitimate off-shooting night. Friday was one of those nights. Bertans had 12 points and shot 3-for-11 from three.

Per usual of late, Bertans wasn't exactly open due to his place on the scouting report but he got decent looks. Many of his threes clanged off the front of the rim. 

Maybe he had tired legs. Whatever it was, the Latvian Laser didn't have it like he usually does.

5. The Isaiah Thomas experience has not been good as of late. The Wizards point guard at another bad game, this time with eight points in 16 minutes.

He just looked off; sluggish and making mental mistakes. That included two turnovers in the first quarter when he passed the ball as the shot clock expired.

Those decisions were inexcusable and in his last 10 games, Thomas has averaged 8.5 points while shooting 34.4 percent. He has not been the same guy since coming back from his calf injury in mid-December. But it's been more than physical. His head hasn't seemed to be in the game like it was earlier this season.

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Bradley Beal records an impressive four-point play against the Raptors

Bradley Beal records an impressive four-point play against the Raptors

Bradley Beal emphasized the Wizards' need to start winning games and changing the culture after the team's 115-106 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday night. Two nights later, Washington responded with an opening half riddled with turnovers, which led to a deficit that grew to as high as 24 points before halftime.

In the third quarter, the Wizards began to make a charge, highlighted by Beal's four-point play after draining a three while drawing contact.

Raptors forward Serge Ibaka closed out too aggressively on Beal and landed on the guard's foot. The officials assessed a flagrant one foul to Ibaka for not allowing space to land, and Beal converted the ensuing free throw. 

Beal's four-point play cut the Wizards' deficit to 77-64 and was the start of an 8-0 run that cut the Raptors' lead to single-digits at 77-68.

But Toronto answered back quickly, reeling off an 8-0 spurt of its own to build the lead back up and pull away for a commanding 140-111 win. Beal finished with 14 points on 4-for-12 shooting, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. 

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