SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco 49ers clinched a playoff berth this afternoon, but they also lost control of first place in the NFC West.
Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a five-yard touchdown with 2 seconds left to send the Falcons past the Niners, 29-22. Jones was called short of the goal line with the Falcons trailing 22-17, but a replay showed the ball breaking the plane with the Jones in the air while being tackled by Jimmie Ward.
Kyle Juszczyk recovered a fumble on the punt return team early in the fourth quarter then caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (gah-RAH’-poh-loh) two plays later to give the 49ers some breathing room before Atlanta rallied.
The 11-3 Niners are in a virtual tie for first with Seattle, but the Seahawks hold the tiebreaker.