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49ers halftime report: Deebo Samuel touchdown run takes 17-10 lead over Falcons

SANTA CLARA — Here are the highs and lows as the 49ers (7-6) take a 17-10 lead at halftime against the Atlanta Falcons (6-7):

Deebo does it again

Deebo Samuel’s seventh rushing touchdown this season pushed the 49ers back 17-10, 33 seconds before halftime.

Samuel’s scoring run of 10 yards came when he dashed around the left bank. As 49ers icon John Taylor told me about Samuel before the game: “He has such a great pace, and if he ever gets a corner, you know what’s going to happen.”

That scoring drive opened with a 30-yard completion for Samuel, and it continued when Brandon Ayuk drew a third-down, near-interference penalty on Fabian Morrow from a 2-minute warning.

Earlier in the quarter, Samuel attempted his first career pass, and it was unsuccessful. About 10 minutes before halftime, Samuel took a swing pass (lateral) from Jimmy Garoppolo, ran a few yards ahead, and then attempted to target Ayuk in the end zone. Samuel’s pass instead hits cornerback AJ Terrell in the back.

Samuel had two carries for the first 5 yards. He entered with 1,028 receiving yards.

suspicious call

The 49ers took a 10-3 lead and once Arden Key sacked Matt Ryan in third place (for the second time ever). However, officials ruled that the landing on Ryan constituted a harsh-the-passer penalty. The Falcons redeemed with a 20-yard, game-tying touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Russell Gage, which was being conducted by rookie cornerback Embry Thomas and Gage made a catch at halftime with 4 minutes still to go.

Keys kept the first drive alive by making a neutral-zone violation on third and -5 for the Falcons’ conversion.

ayuk repeat

Ayuk’s first reception this game came on a beautiful pitch after scoring the 49ers’ walk-off touchdown in last Sunday’s win in Cincinnati and a catch between him and Jimmy Garoppolo from 36 yards to the Falcons’ 36-yard line. Happened. It took the sting of an Ayuk false-start penalty to open the drive to the second quarter, which ended with a Kyle Juszyk touchdown run for a 10-3 lead.

more kickoff woes

JaMycal Hasty foiled the opening kickoff, then he pushed his next attempt out of bounds to pin the 49ers on his 9-yard line.

The Falcons retrieved Hesty’s opening rumble on the 12th. But then came a goal-line stand, courtesy of a replay reversal after a clear Cordarell Patterson, a 1-yard touchdown run. Sandwiched between Matt Ryan’s imperfections was a third-down stop by Patterson’s Eric Armstead on 1. Jakiwski Tart successfully defended the fourth and goal pass.

Hesty joined Trenton Cannon (October 3, vs the Seahawks) and Travis Benjamin (December 5, vs the Seahawks) to pull off the kickoff return. The 49ers’ scariest moment this season left Cannon hospitalized after being hit on kickoff coverage to open that loss in Seattle.

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defensive breakthrough

The 49ers’ defense continued to impress during the first half, apart from a goal-line stand in the opening series of the game to prevent the Falcons from scoring. Keys’ first, third-down sack (which counted) came when Matt Ryan stopped seeing Nick Bosa in his path. This was Ki Ka’s fifth sack this season.

injury watch

Security Talanoa Hufanga (knee) was listed as a suspect for a second quarter return. He’s rotated in the secondary with and without a Jacquisky tart over the past month or so.

Running back, Jeff Wilson Jr. overcame a fear. The goal-line stand sparked an understandable celebration among the 49ers, one of whom barrel-rolled into Wilson as he came onto the field for the 49ers’ first possession. Apparently it twisted Wilson’s right leg or knee, but he shook it off and remained in the game.

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