Mariota accounts for 3 TDs, Falcons beat 49ers 28-14

ATLANTA (AP) — Marcus Mariota doesn’t spend much time dwelling on the past.

Yet this was a week the Atlanta Falcons quarterback couldn’t ignore.

Three years ago, at this very point in the NFL season, Mariota was benched by the Tennessee Titans.

“I knew I had to find my confidence to play at a high level,” Mariota said. “When you get your confidence taken away from you, it’s tough as an athlete. That is truly the only mental weapon you have.”

His confidence growing with every game, Mariota appears to be getting his once-promising career back on track with the Falcons.

He threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, leading the Falcons to a 28-14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in 2015, completed his first 13 passes for the Falcons (3-3), finally throwing his lone incompletion on his final attempt of the day.

He finished with 129 yards through the air in Atlanta’s conservative passing game, also rushing for 50 yards on six carries.

“It comes down to just being able to have your opportunity,” said Mariota, who barely played the last 2 1/2 years before getting a chance to take over for Matt Ryan in Atlanta. “I will be forever grateful to this organization for allowing me to have that chance.”

The Niners (3-3) couldn’t overcome two interceptions by Jimmy Garoppolo and a fumble by Jeff Wilson that resulted in a Falcons touchdown.

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