When a team forces five turnovers and does not turn the ball over on offense, that team usually wins the game.
When the quarterback has a rating of 130.9, that doesn’t hurt either.
Such was the case for the 49ers on Sunday when they outplayed the Seattle Seahawks from start to finish and left Candlestick with a 40-21 win. They now sit just one game back in the NFC West.
“Anytime you get a win, it feels good, but today really felt good because I felt like our guys really put it together and our ‘O’ scored big,” linebacker Patrick Willis said. “I think that’s the first time this year we might have scored 40 points so it was really fitting to see them execute the way they did.”
Alex Smith was key in the offensive execution, throwing for 255 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
“Alex comes out every week and just does a tremendous job handling everything,” tight end Vernon Davis said. “He’s always under pressure, he’s always under the microscope and he just manages to come through and I thank God for having a guy like him on the team. You know he’ll fight through adversity any day.”
Standout Stat: Despite playing well for the majority of the season, the defense knew they had to get more turnovers and they were able to do just that on Sunday. The unit forced four interceptions and one Matt Hasselbeck fumble.
Highlight Reel: With the 49ers up 30-7 at halftime, the Seahawks got the ball at the start of the third quarter and quickly supplied the 49ers with more points. On the second play of the half, Dashon Goldson picked off Hasselbeck and returned it for the score to put the 49ers up 37-7. The play set the tone for the rest of the game.
Put it in Perspective: Teams are usually excited following a blowout win. The 49ers, however, were very business-like after the game. Just one game back in the NFC West, the team understands that they’re still alive in the playoff race, but have plenty of work to get there.
“It’s playoff-mode right now,” Alex Smith said. “I think that’s the thing that a lot of us try to focus on and tell each other. You start talking about three games down the line, you’re getting ahead of yourself. We’re focused on this next game.”
The 49ers will have to turn their attention to San Diego quickly, with a short week to prepare for Thursday night’s game. The Chargers are coming off a convincing 31-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and are just one game back in the AFC West at 7-6.
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