FLOWERY BRANCH — They turned on the tape, and guess what they saw? Players getting punched in the mouth. Bodies going down. Mike Singletary’s head exploding.
This was Monday, the day after the Falcons left San Francisco with a 45-10 win. Somewhere in the Bay Area, a team of scientists was dumping an urn full of ashes onto a table, hoping to revive the 49ers in time for their next game.
“We were aware of all the talk going into the game,” Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson said Wednesday. “We talked about it. And me personally, when I’m going into a game, I don’t look at how I match up with the other team’s offense. I look how I play compared to the other linebackers. All the talk last week was how good their linebackers were, how good their defense was playing. People were asking me, ‘How do you feel about Patrick Willis?’ I was like, ‘We’ll see what happens Sunday.’”