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Game Blog: 49ers vs. Browns

Posted by Scott Kegley on October 30, 2011 – 12:03 PM

49ers football is back. After a week of for the bye week (or “improvement week”), the 49ers will put their 5-1 record up against the Cleveland Browns at Candlestick Park.

Injuries were one of the key storylines going into the game and we just learned that Braylon Edward will be active against his former team, while Peyton Hillis will sit for the Browns.

Inactives: 49ers - QBScott Tolzien, WR Brett Swain, CB Tramaine Brock, FB Moran Norris, G Daniel Kilgore, G Mike Person, NT Ian Williams.

Browns – QB Thaddeus Lewis, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, RB Peyton Hillis, DB Ray Vetrone, OL Steve Vallos, OL Oniel Cousins, DL Austin English


The 49ers won the toss and deferred to the second half. On the second play of the game, Ahmad Brooks beat his man and lost his helmet, but still brought McCoy down for a sack. The ball came loose and was recovered by Sopoaga at the 20.

Clearly, the bye week didn’t make the 49ers come out rusty as Frank Gore got the 49ers on the board first with a 4-yard touchdown run.

49ers 7 – Browns 0

The Browns picked up one first down, but Chris Culliver made a great play on the next third down and nearly picked off McCoy’s pass. Ginn let the punt bounce over his head and it got a good bounce and was downed about as close to the goal line as it could possibly be.

Gore gave the 49ers some breathing room with a 24-yard run up the left sideline…great blocking by the left side of the line. Hunter then entered the game and had a nifty 26-yard run and nearly broke it for the score. Smith then play faked and threw the ball to Joe Staley who picked up 17 yards and added an emphatic first down signal. the drive stalled in the red zone and the 49ers came up short on 3rd and 1. David Akers connected on a 20-yard field goal to extend the lead.

49ers 10 – Browns 0

The defense came up big once again on the next drive, giving up one first down before forcing the punt. The 49ers take over at their own 17.

Standout Stat: The 49ers defense held the Browns to just 38 yards of offense.

Highlight Reel: Ahmad Brooks got things started for the 49ers, losing his helmet and still getting to McCoy for the sack.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers were worried about being rusty after the bye week but it looks like it’s only benefited them so far. Offense and defense are both operating efficiently and have the 49ers have the Browns on their heels.


Gore continues to have a good game early. This time he bounced a run out to the right side and picked up 26. The 49ers got all the way down to the goal line and it was initially ruled that Gore had scored from 7 yards out. The play was overturned and the 49ers were held on 4th and goal from the 1.

The 49ers forced the Browns into a third and long situation after Donte Whitner jarred the ball lose, but it was recovered by Cleveland. Aldon Smith came with pressure on third down and flushed McCoy from the pocket. The pass was incomplete. Ginn fielded the punt at the 36, but didn’t have any room to run.

The 49ers marched down the field, but Gore was again stopped when they got down to the goal line…so Harbaugh went with the pass and Alex Smith hit Michael Crabtree for an easy two-yard score.

49ers 17 – Browns 0

Dashon Goldson was flagged for a blow to the head on Little. The replay clearly showed that Goldson didn’t make contact with Little’s head, but either way it’s a huge break for the Browns as the get out to midfield. Cleveland took advantage of the field position and got in range for Phil Dawson. The 52-yard field goal was good.

49ers 17 – Browns 3

Standout Stat: The 49ers have 143 yards rushing in the first half.

Highlight Reel: The 49ers had trouble running the ball in from the goal line, but Harbaugh dialed up a nice play call as Smith hit Crabtree from two yards out.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers are playing well in all phases. The play calling has been creative with Joe Staley even making a catch. Staley’s play has really stood out in the first half as he’s made several nice blocks, including a play where he pulled and nearly sprung Smith for a score. The 49ers will get the ball to start the second half and have a good opportunity to extend their lead.


The 49ers went three and out to start the half. Crabtree nearly made a nice grab on third down, but couldn’t control it as he went to the ground. Cribbs has a nice return on the punt as he got into 49ers territory.

The defense responded by forcing their own three and out. On 3rd down, McCoy hit Little out of the backfield, but it was read perfectly and he was dropped for an 8-yard loss.

Alex Smith connected with Crabtree on a deep pass play down the left sideline, but that’s as far as the 49ers would get on their next drive.

The Browns were marching down the field. But when they started to threaten, Willis blitzed up the middle and pressure McCoy. He threw into double coverage and the ball was picked off in the end zone by Dashon Goldson.

The offense continues to struggle this half as they quickly went three and out. The 49ers covered the punt well and brought down Cribbs at the CLE 42.

The defense again came up big when they had to. With the Browns threatening, Whitner got in the backfield quickly and rushed McCoy’s throw to for the punt.

Standout Stat: Alex Smith’s QB rating is 103.3

Highlight Reel: It wasn’t a good decision by McCoy to force a throw into double coverage, but Goldson made a nice play to get the pick.

Put it in Perspective: The 49ers couldn’t get anything going on offense after being effective in the first half. The defense has allowed the 49ers to hold on to the lead. It looked like the 49ers could have pulled away earlier, but now the main concern is to hang on.


Smith had Crabtree wide open down the left sideline on third down, but the throw was just a bit too long.

After getting the ball back with good field position thanks to a good return by Ginn, the 49ers again went three and out. They lost a lot of yardage on a reverse by Ginn and couldn’t convert on third and long.

That’s it for the blog…have to run down to the field for postgame.

Posted in Gameday | 57 Comments »

57 Responses to “Game Blog: 49ers vs. Browns”

  1. By SF49er4Life on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Lets go Niners, lets blowout the Browns

    Go 49ers>>>>>>>

  2. By Mark WIlson on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Here we go Niners. Hope rust isn’t an issue. I see a slow start to open the game and the niners catch fire at the end of the first half and role. 49ers 27- Browns 9

  3. By Jerseys on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hope rust isn’t an issue

  4. By steve on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    this is a big game !!!

  5. By niner4life on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply


  6. By gina on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    not televised in LA… booooooo hoooo… any idea what radio station?

  7. By abe37 on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Lets go Niner Faithfuls!!! its gonna be a tough game but we will win!!!

    For all those that cant watch the game cause u live far from Frisco like me (San Diego) and LOVE the 49ERS heres a link to watch the game P2P4U.net

  8. By Rod Badger on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for link to Live Streaming. Live in Utah and CBS thinks I want to watch Steelers-Pats game :(

  9. By Mick Palermo on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    I Pray that mike I is not hurt too bad

  10. By MadDoG619 on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply


    Try the bone 107.7 online

  11. By lillian on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Wow – that was a heartbreaker! Thought we were 17-zip for sure!!! We are still pretty much unstoppable!

  12. By lillian on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    TOUCHDOWN 49ERS!!! Saying that a lot this year!!!

  13. By MitchA_Ninerboy on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Body shot, body shot, body shot, uppercut. Browns are wobbly… Keep the pressure and start to load up on the jaw….

  14. By MissRoxy on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been a 49ers fan for almost 20 years, and after the past several years being disappointing, my loyalty is paying off. I am a happy, happy girl so far this season. Love, love, love my 49ers!

  15. By sf49ersfan1113 on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply


  16. By Fan Foreign on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone knows some link to wath the game in my Computer. Thanks !

  17. By juka 49ers Santos/sp BRAZIL on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Goooo!!!! 49ERS

  18. By sdakota9er on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    just a few comments……….all you lucky fans must be at the game…..i’m listen via the net and man we should be up by 30+ points….we are playing well but i think Alex has missed Crabtree 3 times for a huge gain or touchdown……but it will happen….i’ll take the good with the bad……go get’em in the 4th 9ers!

  19. By BENITO on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    NINERS are dominant this year the NINERS are going all the way!

  20. By sdakota9er on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    alright O lets get it going we need another 10 + points! atleast!!!!!! lets show the league who we r!!!!!!!

  21. By sdakota9er on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    keep it up D……the O has been ice cold all 2nd half…….lets go for the throat!!!!

  22. By Basil on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    What happen to our offense ?

  23. By sdakota9er on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    poop! come on guys we r at home!!!! no reason fo that….especially Cribbs!!!
    get it together O and SCORE…PUT A DRIVE TOGETHER!!!!!!!

  24. By lillian on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t let them keep the momentum!

  25. By Basil on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    What’s happing here, the clock is our friend, the clock is our friend. Come on friend hurry up !

  26. By Basil on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Its be come a game of field position, tick, tick, !

  27. By Tony on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    whats the score
    I’m in the Philippines and cannot lsten to the stream as the NFL has blocked it

  28. By sdakota9er on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    well it was a little bit shacky in the 2nd half but a win is a win especially coming off of a bye week……6-1 boys!!!!!! go niners!!!!!!

  29. By abe37 on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    way to go NINERS!!!!! its pretty quiet around here niner faithful… I bet if Alex Smith wouldve done something bad then all the HATERS wuldve been posting their venom on here left and right…

    GOOD job out there today 49ers.. There are thngs we couldve done better at but we still got the “W”… we are now an Excellent 6-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. By Chris on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    6 & 1 has such a nice ring to it… Great game niners wasnt all that impressed with the second half play calling on offence but another win is what we needed and thats what we got. Remember a couple weeks ago Green Bay got shut out in the second half by the Rams glad that didnt happen to us this week. Side note sould be this game was really 27 to 10 cause Gore was in on the 4th down run at the goal line. Go Niners lets go get the Redskins next week. 7 & 1 sounds even better then 6 & 1.

  31. By ogre on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Well done~ would have liked to see same offensive balance in the 2nd? But a tip of the hat to Cleveland; their D kept them in it. None of them are gonna be easy!
    BIG D you stood tall~ Their kicking game showed respect for Ginn, our boys seemed to forget that Cribbs is pretty darn good his own self. All and all a WIN is an important WIN~ they all ain’t gonna be pretty. Keep it up; I think everyone is loving this. Once again well done and carry on.

  32. By randybwong on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Cleveland defense is no joke. Plus, the Browns got some players on both sides of the ball and a good return specialist. They made a good investment getting beef on the DLine the last couple of years. This was a legit test for the offense. Congrats to the 49ers.

  33. By les on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Good to be 6-1. Bad second half, good win.

  34. By Ernest on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hope McDonald is ok…need ya going forward big man!

  35. By UpLateAgain on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    When they’re ‘ON’, they’re as good as anyone in football. So far, they’ve only been ON the whole game one time – against the Bucs. But they’re executing better and better each week. So far, it’s really only steps forward with no real fall backs.

    We should beat the skins next week. The Giants will be a little tougher, but if we win those two games, we could even go into Baltimore favored. I know it’s still a reach, but win two of those three, and the only team we have left that would be a BIG threat is Pittsburgh. Should we win that one, this season starts to look like ’81 all over again. And better than that, this team is young and talented enough, we could legitimately once again start talking dynasty.

  36. By NinerFanFromTonga on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    way to go Niners. bring on the redskins, we are ready to go 7-1….Goooooo Niners Goooooooo

  37. By 49 siempre on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    a great game off the bye, but the guys have to stay focused. the offense still has a ways to go. But great effort. 6 and one is awesome

  38. By MIKE L on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply


  39. By jrparker on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Boy oh boy am I glad we have a defense.

  40. By Brett K on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Long time supporter from Australia since 1975 and am stoked that the Niners are back. Keep it up and we could all be smiling come January

  41. By SF49er4Life on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    6 and 1, good game 49ers, stay focused, lets win the rest.


  42. By niner4life on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    that’s right you changed your name!!!! another jr baca! *UCK YOU!

  43. By USArmyParatrooper on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    Today highlights the fact that the 49ers cannot afford to become complacent. Our special teams and defense has carried the team this far, but if the 49ers are going to be Superbowl contenders the offense needs to step up their game. As great as our defense is they are not 2000 Ravens or ’85 Bears great.

    Alex Smith is a player with great character, but unfortunately character alone doesn’t win football games. If the 49ers are going to return to their glory years it’s going to have to be with someone else.

    On the plus side we are 6-1 after winning five in a row; however, this streak does come with an asterisk. To say the 49ers are playing in a weak division is putting it mildly. How weak is it? To date the rest of the NFC West teams combine for a record of 4 wins and 17 losses.

    Closing on a good note – Jim Harbaugh has far exceeded my already optimistic expectations. Given the fact that it’s his first year and one that was preceded by a lockout, I didn’t expect him to even start making a difference until next year. In regards to Harbaugh, all I can say at this point is… wow.

  44. By StillaNiner on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply


  45. By seven years with Alex on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    wow really

  46. By rjd niner on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply


  47. By seven years with Alex on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    the babies cant hear the truth so they cried to mama to get me kicked off what a real bunch of losers Cant take the truth about Alex fine when you all get your way and he is resigned to a mutli year deal for even more of the yorks money and we still dont win any superbowls you can all say he looks pretty good with some more practice he can be better …what a sham

  48. By Z9ers on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    Well guess what seven years im back as I stated I would be after the bye week. Whats that I think you are now choking on your own words. We were 2 and 1 and you were saying that we would be 2 and 4 at the bye??? I told you just to remain a fan let Harbaugh do the decision making about who plays and who gives us the best chance to win. I can tell by your last comment that you still have no clue. 9tds-2picks and 6-1 yeah lets get rid of alex. Are you serious or are you Mike Dingleberry with a screen name. Oh and for all of you talking about of course they play in a week division, to this point we have only played one division opponent. So take them out and we are still 5-1. See ya in the playoffs boys!!!!!!

  49. By Basil on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    Second half we seemed to be flat footed, both sides of the ball, the whole team really. But they made the plays when needed, thought I hear somebody say that 4 out of 14 teams won after the by week?
    ps: wish the 6 & 1 losers, would stop picking on 7, ya all hurt his feeling, he, he, he,

  50. By Basil on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    ps” USA we’ve only played one team from the WEAK NFC-W
    You need to check out who we’ve beaten, and on the east coast for that matter Loins,Phily, Cinci, and the weak Rams beat the Saints, and Zona played hard Vs Ravens. One game at a time and no games a given! That why they play the games!
    and yeah we put 48 on the Bucks, bet ya didn’t see that one coming?

  51. By rjd niner on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply


  52. By KDB on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    I love seeing Alex Smith and the Niners doing so well. No one and I mean NO ONE including me can say whether or not we have the special sause to win it all with Alex or not or with this team or not. But what I can say is, it’s great to see him and the team doing so well.

    Let’s just hope they keep it rolling and then if Alex continues to play so well, let’s give him a 2-3 yr deal then draft another good newcomber because a Free Agent QB isn’t going to do it here that’s for sure it never has. Only in extreme cases and there are some but the draft is the deal long term.

  53. By PEKELO44 on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    With Crabtree back and Edwards pushing himself toward greatness A.S. Has got it good. Not to mention the 3 headed monster at the halfback pos.

  54. By SF49er4Life on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    By seven years with Alex on Oct 31, 2011 SAYS:

    I am a baby that cant hear the truth so I cried to mama to get me kicked off what a BIG loser I truly am and I need to know the truth about Alex and what a fine player he is. When you all get your way and he gets re-signed to a mutli year deal for even more of the yorks billions of money and he will win more superbowls, you can all say he looks real good and is getting better …what a slam dunk if he is signed for 5 more years, but I seven years with Alex will still be a loser!

  55. By NinerFanFromTonga on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    What is up with Seven? Did Alex Smith forget to tip him after he used the public facility where he (7) works?….lol. Come on dude, get over it, AS probably didn’t have that quarter you were expecting from him…..lol. Let me give you some simple advice. “hating on a dude who plays the position you probably have wet dreams about every night isn’t going to change anything, or stop you from having those wet dreams…..lmboooo. I’ll remind AS to start carrying a roll of quarters just for you….Lord knows you can’t count higher than that. Cheers from my “rock of paradise” in the middle of the Pacific.

  56. By sdakota9er on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    tom brady was 28-49 for 342…2 td and 2 int and lost…….
    nothing against tom brady i think he is a great QB, but all those yards dont mean the TEAM gets a win………. i will take an unselfish QB that can MANAGE an O and make the plays down the field and be a name on the team and not the TEAM himself. go get the giants as a TEAM!!!!!

    go 49ers!

  57. By JonesJersey on Nov 20, 2011 | Reply

    With Crabtree back and Edwards pushing himself toward greatness A.S. Has got it good. Not to mention the 3 headed monster at the halfback pos.

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