Roger Craig scored on runs of nine and 62 yards and quarterback Joe Montana added touchdowns on a one-yard run and a nine-yard pass to Dwight Clark today to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a 35-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons (0-2) held San Francisco (1-1) to 155 total yards in the first half and led, 10-0, at halftime. It was the first time the 49ers failed to score in the first half since 1983.
Trailing, 13-7, late in the third quarter, the 49ers' Bill Ring forced Billy Johnson to fumble a punt at his own 21. Ring also came up with the ball.
Craig gained 15 yards on two runs, and Wendell Tyler went around end to the one. Montana snuck in for the touchdown on the next play, and Ray Wersching's conversion put the 49ers ahead, 14-13.
On the 49ers' next possession, an interference call on Atlanta's Bobby Butler gave them the ball on the Falcons 27. Five plays later, Montana threw a nine-yard scoring pass to Clark, and the 49ers led, 21-13.
Craig broke open the game early in the fourth quarter when he raced up the middle for 62 yards and a touchdown to give San Francisco a 28-13 lead.
The Falcons scored their only touchdown on Steve Bartkowski's 17-yard pass to Anthony Allen on their first possession of the game.