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Vick learns on the job in setback

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SAN FRANCISCO — For much of his NFL debut, Michael Vick stood on Atlanta's sideline hiding under a white towel, just soaking it all in.

San Francisco's Jeff Garcia gave him quite a lesson.

Garcia was 26-of-40 for 335 yards and a touchdown, scattering long passes to Terrell Owens, J.J. Stokes and Tai Streets as the 49ers edged the Falcons 16-13 in overtime Sunday.

Garcia hit Streets with a 52-yard pass on the final drive of the game, which concluded with Jose Cortez's 24-yard field goal.

Garcia added five carries for 38 yards in his first-ever fourth-quarter comeback victory.

Vick, the top draft pick out of Virginia Tech and Atlanta's $62 million hope for the future, played in two series in his first official NFL game.

He did not complete a pass in four tries, but he did rush twice for 32 yards — and put the Falcons in range for a third-quarter field goal.

Atlanta coach Dan Reeves said all along he planned to give his speedy rookie some chances while sticking with veteran Chris Chandler as his starter. Vick played a series in both the first and third quarters.

Reeves said afterward he plans to continue the limited quarterback tandem, which is fine with Vick.

"I just have to be patient and let things happen for me," he said.

Chandler was 11-of-18 for 121 yards. Jamal Anderson had a 1-yard scoring run, and Jay Feely kicked field goals of 28 and 24 yards.

The game opened with a bit of replacement referee controversy. Late in the first quarter, line judge Manny Alonzo's questionable pass interference call on cornerback Jason Webster put the Falcons on the San Francisco 6.

Chandler's second-down pass on the San Francisco 38 was intended for Tony Martin but sailed well past him — and Webster. Two plays later, Anderson scored on his short run.