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Week 3 Notes

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 26, 2011 – 11:34 AM

The 49ers emerged victorious in their first road contest of the year, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 13-8 on Sunday. 49ers.com presents the following notes  from the Week 3 matchup.

With the Win…

  • With a win at Cincinnati, head coach Jim Harbaugh becomes the 3rd 49ers head coach to win his 1st road game, joining Monte Clark and George Seifert.
  • The Niners improved their overall series record vs. Cincinnati to 11-3, including a record of 4-2 on the road.
  • The 49ers beat a team from the AFC North division for the 1st time since beating the Bengals 20-13 at Candlestick Park (12/15/07).
  • The 49ers won for the 1st time at Cincinnati since 12/9/90, when they defeated the Bengals 20-17 in overtime.

Mr. 300

  • K David Akers made his 300th career field goal on a 23-yarder in the 3rd quarter, ranking him 6th among active players for career field goals made.

Hitting the Century Mark

  • TE Vernon Davis recorded his 6th career 100-yd game (last at GB – 12/5/10 – 126 yds.), finishing the day with 8 recepts. for 114 yds.
  • Davis’ 114 rec. yds. are the most by a TE in 2011.

Feeling Picky

  • CB Carlos Rogers picked off Bengals QB Andy Dalton, marking his 1st INT as a 49er and 1st since 12/26/10 at Jax.
  • S Reggie Smith sealed the victory for the 49ers after intercepting Dalton with 1:45 left on the game clock. The pick for Smith was his 1st since 12/12/10 vs. Sea.

Bringing the Heat

  • LB Ahmad Brooks sacked Bengals QB Andy Dalton for an 8-yd. loss in the 2nd quarter. The sack was Brooks’ 1st sack of the season and 14th of his career.

Rookie Production

  • RB Kendall Hunter notched his first career TD on a 7-yd. run late in the 4th qtr. to give the 49ers a 10-6 lead. He finished the day with 9 carries for 26 yds. a 1 TD.
  • Hunter also recorded the 1st recept. of his career, finishing the day with 2 recepts. for 12 yds.
  • FB Bruce Miller made his 1st career start.
  • On the 1st play from scrimmage for Miller, he hauled in an 11-yd. recept, also the 1st of his career.

Stopping Them in Their Tracks

  • The 49ers defense held the Bengals offense to just one 3rd down conversion on the day (1-10, 10%), marking the lowest 3rd down conversion percentage allowed since 12/7/08 vs. NYJ (1-10, 10%).
  • According to Statspass, the one 3rd down conversion allowed ties for the fewest 3rd down conversions allowed by the team since 1991 (11 times, last 12/14/08 at Mia. – 1 for 7).

Run Defense Continues Streak

  • The 49ers run defense has not allowed a 100-yd. rusher in the last 25 games, which marks the longest active streak in the NFL. The next closest team to not allow a 100-yd. rusher is Chicago (11).

Extending Their Streaks

  • TE/LS Brian Jennings has now played in 179 consecutive games.
  • DT Justin Smith has now started 158 consecutive games, dating back to his rookie season in 2001. Smith’s consecutive start streak ranks 3rd among defensive players and 5th among all NFL players.
  • TE Vernon Davis has now started 62 consecutive games, which ranks 3rd in the NFL among TE’s behind Tony Gonzalez (72) and Jason Witten (69).

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11 Responses to “Week 3 Notes”

  1. By Noah Clair on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    good job

  2. By niner4life on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    yeah the o-line neeeeeeeds to step it up! our the qb will get killed in every game!

  3. By Dfloyd81 on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game Sunday and it appeared some guys did not want to play. Not to mention names, but Gore, Smith and the whole offensive line and the secondary. I think if these guys don’t want to play by golly put guys who want to play in there. I would rather watch guys who want to play than guys going half speed. I thought Hunter looked good and full of heart something we are lacking and have been for a long time. Alex can’t get any protection so it’s hard to tell how he is doing, but he kept throwing the ball at everybodys feet. Gore just signed a new contract and he playing like he don’t care. Give Hunter more carries he wants to run the ball for crying out loud. I’m very frustrated with the way we are playing. So many flags against us thats high school mistakes. C’mon guys stop jacking around and play some 49er football………….

  4. By frisco62 on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    the 49ers will have 2 pro bowl players this year, the punter and the kicker.

  5. By Tarcules on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Go Niners!!

  6. By Tarcules on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    We need Hunter much more active because he would be a btter east/west running back thus opening defenses up for Alex possible deep threat? Most D’s are coming headon at us. Hunter/Screens, Hunter/Sweeps?

  7. By Tarcules on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Only have 209 rushing yards in 3 games (32nd offense)

  8. By MATTHEW CHAVIS on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply


  9. By dimndinthruf on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Well, it’s a win!! Thank God. I will say that we need an O-line jumpstart.
    Right now that’s one of our problems in sustaining drives.
    Listen; I will route for Alex because he’s GOT HEART! GO NINERS, bring home a win against philly!!
    Don’t worry 9ER fans, we will get better this year. Believe it!!!!!

  10. By Rose in Los Angeles on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    I have been saying this for a while, that Frank gore plays like he’s notreally into it. He falls before the defenders even get to him. He looks sluggish, He doesn’t have that quick burst like before. I haven’t seen the same from him, since he lost his mother two years ago. We need to have Hunter and Dixon play more. Maybe benching Gore and he see’s Hunter working hard it might inspire him. Also the offense needs to protect Alex. I think Alex can make better decisions if he had more time to throw the ball. Michael Vick talks about being on the ground and not having the officals throw any flags. I think no one knows that better than Alex Smith. No one talked about Alex getting some head shoys in the Dallas game. He actually had a concussion that game. In Cinn he also got a few helmet to helmet hits. He’s always on the ground. The difference is that he doesn’t blame his offensive line or the officals. The problem now, will be when the 49ers go to Philly and the officals will now be flagging our defense for anything that comes Vicks way.

  11. By hector on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    It is the best equipment that exists follow forward that you have the force of a lion and when less they should wait for it you were winning

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