San Francisco forced six turnovers, turning two into touchdowns on Gary Johnson's 33-yard fumble return and Dana McLemore's 54-yard interception return, as the 49ers won their ninth in a row on the road by beating the Atlanta Falcons, 35-17, today.
The 49ers (13-1) also got a five-yard scoring run from Roger Craig after Keena Turner raced eight yards to Atlanta's nine with a pass interception.
"We were lucky the defense picked up some big plays," said quarterback Joe Montana, who threw two touchdown passes for an otherwise sputtering offense that had three turnovers of its own.
"If we (the offense) continue to play the way we are, we're not going to go anywhere in the playoffs."
Montana threw touchdown passes of 64 yards to Freddie Solomon and six yards to Dwight Clark in the first half as the National Conference West champions became only the 14th team in NFL history to win 13 or more regular-season games.
The Falcons (3-11) lost their eighth straight, one shy of the club record.
Johnson, with his third touchdown in 10 years in the NFL, gave the 49ers a 21-10 lead with 1:21 left in the first half. McLemore scored in the third quarter, both touchdowns coming after the Falcons had cut 11-point deficits to four.
Montana also had a touchdown pass called back by a penalty and another fall through Earl Cooper's hands in the end zone.
Atlanta's Alfred Jackson had a career-high 11 receptions for 193 yards, the latter figure a single-game club record.
Gerald Riggs rushed for 133 yards on 30 attempts and Mike Moroski completed 22 of 43 for 289 yards, but was the victim of five turnovers -- three interceptions and two fumbles. Riggs had the other fumble, near the end of the first half.
The 49ers wasted two other nice returns by McLemore -- 29 yards with a punt to Atlanta's 44 in the first quarter and 50 yards to the Falcons' 39 with a kickoff in the second.