SAN FRANCISCO, SEPT. 23 -- Joe Montana threw for 398 yards today, including third-quarter touchdown passes to Jerry Rice and Brent Jones, as the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 19-13, for their third consecutive victory.
For Atlanta (1-2), the worst news may be that running back Steve Broussard, its No. 1 pick, had to be helped from the field after hit by Ronnie Lott late in the third quarter.
San Francisco's Roger Craig tied Walter Payton's record for receptions by a running back and Dave Waymer intercepted two passes as the 49ers won for the 22nd time in 25 regular season games since 1988.
Craig tied Payton's mark of 492 in the second quarter with his second catch, losing two yards.
After their first seven possessions netted only a field goal, Montana staked the 49ers to a 12-3 lead with 9:08 left in the third quarter when he found Rice on a 35-yard slant-in.
The Falcons made it 12-10 with a seven-yard pass from Chris Miller to Shawn Collins on their next possession. The 49ers then completed their longest scoring play of the season -- 67 yards.
Montana found tight end Jones with a step on linebacker Jessie Tuggle with a short pass over the middle. Jones outran Tuggle, sidestepped a diving Bobby Butler at the Atlanta 40 and held off Deion Sanders with a straight arm the last 10 yards.
Atlanta closed to 19-13 on Greg Davis's second field goal, a 35-yarder with 3:36 to play. The Falcons drove to the 29 in the final seconds, but Miller's attempt to stop the clock with a quick incompletion was ruled a fumbled snap with four seconds left, San Francisco recovering.
The 49ers' first points came on a safety 48 seconds into the second quarter when Miller stepped out of the end zone to avoid being hit by linebacker Keena Turner.
Despite missing on six of his first 11 passses, Montana completed 24 of 36. Rice caught eight for 171 yards, Jones five for 125 yards.
Miller was 25 for 41 for 335 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. Andre Rison caught 10 for 121 yards.
The 49ers played without John Taylor (bruised lower back), who led the NFL in catches (13) and receiving yards (235) after two weeks.