Awards keep rolling in for the San Francisco 49ers. Frank Gore, Alex Smith, Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis have all been honored this week in various ways. Now, a group of players have been recognized for their contributions in a 48-3 win last Sunday.
Here’s a press release on the team’s latest achievement:
Surging forward to their best start in nine years, the 49ers dismantled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by scoring an impressive 48 points. The 45-point win by the 49ers was their largest margin of victory in nearly 25 years. Playing through injury, star running back Frank Gore (Miami, FL) led a San Francisco rushing attack that amassed 213 yards. The 49ers offensive line allowed no sacks and was able to give quarterback Alex Smith (Utah) time to target seven different receivers and throw for three scores.
This impressive performance establishes the 49ers offensive line as contenders for the third annual Madden Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC. The award honors the NFL’s best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis. Past Madden Protectors Award recipients include the New England Patriots (2010) and the New Orleans Saints (2009).
The Madden Protectors Award recognizes the fundamental role offensive linemen play in their teams’ success by providing consistent and powerful protection day in and day out, just as Prilosec OTC can provide 24-hour heartburn protection when used as directed for 14 days. For more information on the Madden Protectors Award presented by Prilosec OTC, visit www.nfl.com/prilosecotc .
The 49ers improved to 4-1 under first-year Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. The offensive line starts outside with tackles Joe Staley (Central Michigan) and Anthony Davis (Rutgers). The guards providing protection inside are Mike Iupati (Idaho) and Adam Snyder (Oregon), while center Jonathan Goodwin (Michigan) called the signals from the middle. Snyder made his second consecutive start after beginning the season as a backup. Tackle/guard Chilo Rachal (Southern California) and tackle Alex Boone (Ohio State) also saw action this past Sunday. Offensive line coaches Tim Drevno, in his first NFL season, and Mike Solari, who re-joined the team as an offensive line coach in 2010, were responsible for preparing the players against the Buccaneers. Smith completed 11-of-19 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns, while Gore ran for 125 yards and a score on 20 carries. The offensive line also provided running lanes for backup running back Kendall Hunter (Oklahoma State), who gained 65 yards on 9 attempts.
“Last year the 49ers started two rookies on their Offensive Line and with a year experience they have become a formidable group,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach John Madden.
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