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The Ball Game is Not Over: Falcons Shock San Francisco

With just five seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Falcons had third and goal from the five yard line. Atlanta was somehow just five points behind the 11-win 49ers. The crowd at Levi's Stadium roared as Matt Ryan dropped back and slung a pass to a streaking Julio Jones at the goal line, but the star WR was stopped short of the end-zone.

DECEMBER 15: Defensive end Vic Beasley #44 of the Atlanta Falcons tackles quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers during the game at Levi's Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The clock read 0:00. ...The Niners stormed the field; they had won the game.....or so they thought.

"After further review, the ruling on the field has been reversed. The ball broke the plane of the endzone. The result of the play is a touchdown. The ball game is not over."

Just like that, the Falcons took the lead 23-22 with two seconds on the clock.

Oh, and on the play before that, Austin Hooper had seemingly made a swooping TD grab to give Atlanta the lead before it too was overturned.

The back-to-back reversals had both sides bouncing on a pogo stick of emotion from near-certain victory to near-certain defeat.

To cap off the absurdity, Atlanta recovered a failed lateral on San Francisco's final desperate play and returned it for a TD. Insult, meet injury.

Coming in at 4-9, the Falcons really didn't have much to play for on Sunday. They're not making the playoffs. They could've sat their studs and embraced losing to get a better draft pick.

San Francisco, on the other hand, is fighting Seattle for their division and the top seed in the NFC.

But that's what made this game all the more entertaining: the 49ers had every reason to win. Everyone expected them to win. But the Falcons showed up to play and beat them just for the hell of it.

No shenanigans, just football.

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