ATLANTA – The Falcons actually won another game, even though most of their fans didn’t get to see it.

Warrick Dunn became the first Atlanta back to run for 100 yards this season, Ovie Mughelli had the first TD rushing of his career and the Falcons won a matchup between two of the league’s worst teams, holding off the San Francisco 49ers 20-16 Sunday.

The game was blacked out locally – the first time that’s happened in Atlanta since 2001. The Georgia Dome was far from packed after 56 consecutive sellouts, the city clearly losing interest in a losing squad that no longer has Michael Vick to liven things up.

For those who couldn’t see it on television or didn’t show up, not to worry: Y’all didn’t miss much.

Dunn rushed for 100 yards on 27 carries, including a 9-yard touchdown. Mughelli, a fullback who essentially serves as another offensive lineman, scored on a 1-yard plunge with just his third carry of the season. Morten Andersen handled the rest of the scoring for the Falcons (2-6) with a couple of fourth-quarter field goals.

San Francisco (2-6) lost its sixth in a row with another dismal offensive performance. Leading rusher Frank Gore (sore ankle) didn’t play and Alex Smith, playing with a taped-up throwing shoulder, completed only 17 of 38 passes for 149 yards, with three interceptions.

The 49ers haven’t scored 20 points in a game since their season-opening win over Arizona. Safety Lawyer Milloy came up big for the Falcons’ defense, picking off a pass and making a huge stop on fill-in runner Michael Robinson when San Francisco had third-and-goal at the Atlanta 1 with a chance to take the lead midway through the final period.

Joey Harrington, getting another chance to start for Atlanta while Byron Leftwich recovers from ankle surgery, didn’t exactly dazzle. He was 14-of-25 for 138 yards with an interception.

AP-ES-11-04-07 1620EST


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