The 49ers won their fifth straight contest on Sunday at Candlestick Park with a 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. With the victory, the 49ers moved to 6-1 and extended their lead in the NFC West to four games. 49ers Public Relations presents the following notes and quotes from the Week 8 matchup.
With the Win…
- Head Coach Jim Harbaugh became the 5throokie head coach in 49ers history to start 6-1.
- San Francisco improved to 6-1 for the first time since 1998 and recorded their first five-game winning streak since 2001.
- The 49ers went undefeated in the month of October for the first time since 1997.
- San Francisco earned a victory after a Bye week for the 2nd consecutive season, marking the first time since 2002-03 that the team won a game after a Bye in back-to-back seasons.
- San Francisco snapped a 3-game losing skid to the Browns and earned a victory for the first time since winning 20-17 on Oct. 28, 1990.
- Jim Harbaugh improved to 2-0 vs. the AFC North Division in 2011.
- The 49ers offense tallied 253 yds. in the 1st half, which are the most net yds. gained by the 49ers in the 1st half this season. It also is the 2nd highest total in either half this season (10/2 – 289 yds. at Phi.).
Run Defense Continues Streak
- The 49ers run defense has not allowed a 100-yd. rusher in the last 29 games, which marks the longest active streak in the NFL. Since the start of the 2000 season, the 49ers streak of 29 games without allowing a 100-yd rusher ranks t-5th.
Continuing the Qwest
- With 134 rushing yds. on the day, RB Frank Gore moved into 2nd place in franchise history for rushing yds., passing RB Roger Craig (7,064).
- Gore’s 134 rushing yds. put him over the 7,000 yd. mark, becoming just the 3rd running back in franchise history to obtain that feat (Joe Perry – 7,344 yds., Frank Gore – 7,089 yds. and Roger Craig – 7,064 yds.).
- With 134 rushing yds. on the day, Gore has hit the century mark in 4 consecutive games for the first time in his career.
- Gore totaled 31 carries vs. Cle., improving the 49ers record to 24-6 when he has 20 or more carries and 15-0 when he has 24 or more carries. The 31 carries marked a career high.
- RB Frank Gore scored his 5th rushing TD of the season on a 5-yd. rush, the 40th of his career.
- Gore’s TD marked the 1st time in his career that he scored a rushing TD in 4 consecutive games.
- Gore tallied 103 rush. yds. in the 1st half, marking the 6th time in his career that he has hit the century mark in the 1st half. It is the 9th time in his career he had 100 rush. yds. in either half.
- Gore is the only player in the NFL to record 4 games of 125 rushing yds. or more this season.
In Good Hands
- Left tackle Joe Staley hauled in the first reception of his career, taking it for a 17-yd. gain. Staley is the 1st 49ers offensive lineman to have a reception since C/G Chris Dalman (11/20/95 at Mia.). The 17-yd. recept. ties G Guy McIntyre for the longest recept. by an offensive lineman in franchise history (17 yds. on 9/18/88 vs. Atl.).
- According to Statspass.com, Joe Staley’s 17-yard reception was the longest by an offensive lineman since 2006 (Arizona G Fred Wakefield 19-yard reception from QB Kurt Warner, 12/24/06 at SF). The reception also marked the 3rd longest by an offensive lineman, dating back to 1993. (According to those listed as offensive lineman in Statspass.com).
- DT Isaac Sopoaga recorded an 18-yd. recept., the 1st of his career. Since 1996, Sopoaga is t-3rd in the NFL for the most receiving yds. in a game by a defensive lineman.
- WR Michael Crabtree hauled in his first TD recept. of the season and 9th of his career.
- With 22 rushing yds. today, QB Alex Smith moved into 7th place in franchise history among QBs with 519 rushing yds. He passed QB Frankie Albert (505 yds.).
Studs on D
- LB Ahmad Brooks tallied 2 sacks on the day. The first sack occurred after hauling down Browns QB Colt McCoy on the 2nd play of the game. Brooks also stripped McCoy for his 7th career FF and 1st since 12/27/09 vs. Det. Brooks tallied his 2nd sack of the day in the 3rd qtr., marking his 3rd multi-sack game.
- Brooks has now notched a sack in back-to-back weeks for the 2nd time in his career (12/6/09 at Sea. – 1 sack and 12/14/09 vs. Arz. – 3 sacks).
- The fumble was recovered by DT Isaac Sopoaga, the 2nd fumble recovery of his career and 1st since 9/17/06 vs. StL.
- With a FF in the 4th qtr., LB Parys Haralson ranks t-1st in the NFL with 3 FFs.
Knocking It Out
- The 49ers defense registered 5 PDs on the day, giving them 54 for the season. The 54 PDs rank first in the NFL.
- The 49ers defense registered a season-high 3 FFs vs. Cle., giving them 10 FFs for the season. The 10 FFs rank t-2nd in the NFL.
He’s Going Streaking
- Rookie LB Aldon Smith registered his 6.5 sack of the season which ranks first among rookies in the NFL.
- Since sacks became an official stat in 1982, Smith’s 6.5 sacks on the season rank t-3rd in franchise history in sacks among rookies.
- Smith has now tallied a sack in 4 consecutive games, which is the most by a 49er since Andre Carter recorded a sack in 5 consecutive games in 2002 (10/14-11/10).
- S Donte Whitner put a hit on Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya in the 2nd qtr., to record his 1st FF of the season and 4th of his career.
- S Dashon Goldson picked off Browns QB Colt McCoy in the 3rd qtr., marking his first INT of the season and 6th INT of his career. It was also his first INT since 12/12/10 vs. Sea.
- TE Justin Peelle recorded his first recept. with the 49ers and first of the season.
Extending Their Streaks
- TE/LS Brian Jennings has now played in 183 consecutive games.
- DT Justin Smith has now started 162 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 66 consecutive games, which ranks 3rd in the NFL among TE’s behind Tony Gonzalez (77) and Jason Witten (74).
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
Press Conference – October 30, 2011
San Francisco 49ers vs. Cleveland Browns
With the second half, after taking a 17-3 lead into halftime. How do you feel about this game?
“Feel great. Wins are beautiful things. Our guys worked very hard for it, they earned it. A lot of winning football out there today. Feel great about the win. Cleveland played extremely well. It was a hard fought battle, they all are in this league. Not perfect, but beautiful.”
Talking about the passes you threw to T Joe Staley and DT Isaac Sopoaga, was that just because the defense was giving them or was that something that you emphasized to get some of those guys the ball?
“We thought that we had a play there. We’ve been working on it. The one with Staley, we worked on this week. We thought we could get it. Saw something on film; [Offensive Coordinator] Greg Roman did a great job coming up with that idea, as well as the play with Isaac. They were two big plays in the game, especially with the one there with Isaac at the end.”
Any worries about going to a lineman on a big play like that?
“That’s why you practice; you’ve got to troubleshoot that. Joe’s very athletic, he was very good at it in practice. We feel if you’re good at it in practice, you’ll be good at it in the game.”
Do you have plays like that that will fire up the team to see guys that don’t normally catch the ball, get the ball and get pretty excited about it?
“Yes. I think you’re the master of the obvious there. That does do that. That does fire them up. I think it’s a great thing to get everybody involved. This was that kind of win, it was that kind of a team win. When you look up and down the roster, guys making plays, cool-headed decisions throughout. I thought our special teams did a great job containing [WR] Josh Cribbs, who is a dynamite football player. I love the way that guy plays football. We rose to that challenge. You can’t shut him down, it’s just impossible. I thought we played extremely well in that phase. Because he can beat you, and our guys didn’t let that happen today. Defensively, I thought the effort that our guys play with is evident to me and to the guys on our team. [LB] Ahmad Brooks, down after down, he’s just giving it everything he has. Same with [DT] Justin Smith. Looked up and down the defensive roster and you see them come off the field and they’re just pouring everything out of their bucket, they’re giving everything they’ve got. Great team victory. Consummate team players, again, when guys are giving everything they have like that.”
You started out on fire and it looked like you guys were going to blow them out and then all of a sudden you guys kind of lost your charm, it was kind of back and forth and you really didn’t get a big score.
“It was hard fought, that’s the way these are. They’re competitive. They’re bar fights, start to finish.”
In the second half offensively, you didn’t quite, four or five times at least, was it being conservative to try to keep the clock or were you just not clicking there offensively?
“It’s combination of things. Three three-and-outs in the second half. One, I didn’t like our call with the reverse. We had a chance to hit [WR Michael] Crabtree down on the boundary. We’re all going to look back on this, players and coaches, and have finger prints on that and the plays that we wish we would have gotten. We’ll just keep continuing to see if we can improve in some of those areas. Lotta great things, didn’t turn the ball over. Four of six on third downs. You guys can go through stats and you guys can pick out the positive ones or you can pick the negative ones. I’ll leave that up to whatever you guys want to do. To us, we feel really good about winning this ball game and really proud of our players.”
When you go back to work, which ones are you going to pick out to talk to your team about?
“Offensively, you got the ball on the 50-yard line, heck yeah you want to punch it in right there and make it a three score game. You want to convert on the goal line, we’ll all work to do better.”
RB Frank Gore got another 100-yard game today…
“There’s a positive! I knew I was forgetting one.”
He’s second now on the all-time career list for the 49ers. Can you give us a sense for people that don’t play in the NFL how hard that is to do what he’s done?
“These are hard. These are hard, competitive, evenly matched games. Frank’s just got a will to keep going. He is a great competitor. Consummate team player and the guys up front feed off him, and he feeds off them. It’s really each guy pushing each other higher. It’s a great thing for our team.”
What do you know about him now that you didn’t know before you were his coach?
“I just know we won and feel great about it. I think I’ve known what I’ve known about him, I know him. I’ve shared that with you many times. I know who he is.”
On the lighter side, did you see Mr. Soft anywhere in the building today? Freddy P. Soft, did you see him today at all?
“No, did not see him. Are you accusing us of playing soft? Where I come from, those are fighting words. I’m glad you’ve got a smile on your face. No, didn’t see him.”
You said these types of games are wire-to-wire, they’re bar fights. No one is breaking windows or throwing chairs, tell me how you feel it’s a bar fight.
“Just hard fought. Competitive, evenly matched. That’s this league, you’ve got the world’s greatest athletes playing against each other every single week. It’s a long season. Every week you’ve got to bring your best. And it tests a man’s courage if you haven’t noticed out there. There are guys that are playing with a very high pain threshold on both sides of the ball and I admire that. To me, I think that makes you feel like a man and these guys play very courageously.”
How do you feel about WR Braylon Edwards coming back from the knee injury?
“I thought he played great. Played strong, played hard.”
You had a little trouble running the ball in short yardage some places. Is that a concern or just credit to the Cleveland defense?
“It’s a credit to them. They did a very good job. They overloaded at times to their credit. They stopped us, especially on the goal line. But then again, we picked up our share, too. There was some back and forth, forth and back.”
No rushing touchdowns scored on the D again. What do you think is a result of that?
“Playing good defense, playing good team defense. I think that’s where that comes from. What’d you say, no running touchdowns? Because there was a touchdown.”
Do they take pride in that?
“They do, definitely.”
When you challenged the Frank Gore non-touchdown, did you have definitive word from the people upstairs that they thought it was a touchdown or did you do that just to get another look at it? Did you here from people upstairs that they thought it was?
“Nothing definitive. Talking to Bill Levy, the referee, he didn’t have a definitive look of where the ball was. Our guys upstairs didn’t think Frank’s knee was down. They thought Frank’s knee came down on another player. They had the elbow, but they didn’t have the ball. Frank thought he got in, so I was trusting Frank there too.”
Throwing the ball at the lineman and firing them up, is that partly a reason to do it as well as the fact that you might be able to exploit an opening?
“That’s what you’re trying to do – get a positive play, exploit an opening.”
But also to get more people involved or is it strictly because of the other…
“It’s to have a positive play. Probably a small percentage, there’s not a lot. There is some firing them up, get people involved. Big thing is taking advantage of something Joe Staley does really well, he’s a very athletic guy and we thought we could make a positive play there.”
So you didn’t have tryouts for that?
“No, that was a Joe Play.”
QB Alex Smith
Alex, in the traditional West Coast Offense that they used to run when I was young, it was pass that set up the run. The way I look at your equation it’s the opposite. It’s run to set up the pass. So, I have two questions, am I in general correct about that? And if I am, what does it mean to a quarterback to have a running game like that?
“I would say this; I don’t look at it like that at all. I look at coming into a game; that this was a team that was second against the pass in the NFL and 19th against the run. And we aren’t going to be cookie cutter. I don’t want to get too much into any scheme or anything, but, you’re going to try to find matchups. You’re going to try to play to your strengths and where we match up against them. And that’s what I’ll say about that. We felt like we had some good matchups in the run game, and I think we really exploited them in the first half. And the second half I think they made some adjustments, and had to kind of overcome that. But, I think that’s why.”
So it’s more game by game as opposed to an overall philosophy?
“No question. I think it has to be. I think even when you go back to the old West Coast, I think it’s still that. I think you’re still trying to play to your matchups. You’re not trying to go out there and—I think if you’re one dimensional, I guess they’d look for it. A good defense can take that away.”
How would you describe what RB Frank Gore has done in this four-game stretch?
“Yeah Frank and obviously the O-line, and everybody in the blocking unit, I think our tight ends deserve some credit. I think our wideouts deserve a lot of credit in the run game. They don’t get paid to block. They get paid to catch passes. But, our wideouts have done an unbelievable job down field. And I think that’s why all of a sudden you see these longer runs by Frank in the recent weeks because we’re blocking down field. So, I think everybody on the offensive unit, really besides myself, deserves a lot of credit in the run game. Guys are working hard. I mean it. And I’m not just saying that. It’s the truth.”
Alex, you may have already addressed this, but the concept of sharing the ball with guys that don’t normally touch the ball. Is that by design, you couldn’t see a matchup there, is it kind of team spirit to spread the ball around a little bit, or a combination of both?
“Are you referring to the lineman catching the ball?”
“Yeah I think for sure something you see on film. But, yeah it keeps it loose. Obviously [DT] Isaac [Sopoaga]’s been in the short yardage goal line package for quite a few weeks now, and blocking well. And just a little wrinkle off of it to throwing the ball, and it helped us there at the end of a game. But, yeah something fun for [T] Joe [Staley] there. Joe’s an athletic tackle. And saw something on film, and made it work.”
Did you like his celebration?
“Yeah a little Prima donna-ish for a lineman. No it was great. Those guys are excited. I know he was. All those linemen were excited for him. They don’t get to do stuff like that very often. They were all telling him he better do something if he gets the catch, so.”
Alex, you’ve seen Frank Gore at work over the years, he just keeps grinding it out, what’s the feeling, just he’s our guy, or?
“Oh for sure. The linemen love him. He’s such a tough runner. I think the thing the guys appreciate about him is his vision. Great vision as a back. But, you look at yards after contact he’s such a great runner with that. He runs with such great pad level. I think it really helps those guys out, sets up blocks well. I know those guys love him. And, they’re hot right now. They’re playing well.”
You’ve seen the bad days in the past, how does it feel to be on such a winning momentum?
“Well if you’re in that locker room after the game, that’s all, I don’t really need to say anything. You can just feel it. The guys are pumped. It’s fun. It’s fun to be on a roll. Five in a row now. This is why you play. This is why you put in all the time, sacrifice, is to get the W. It’s not fun to go out there and play and lose.”
LB NaVorro Bowman
What’s your thoughts after the win?
“It feels good. We had a lot of fun. We just wanted to come into this game and pick up where we left off. A lot of teams are getting complacent after their bye weeks and we didn’t want to be that team. We wanted to separate ourselves and I think we did that.”
You guys didn’t allow a rushing touchdown. What’s the pride and what’s the concept in keeping that happening?
“That’s our job as the defense. We take pride in stopping them [running backs] and making changes.”
What should I expect in the future?
“For us to keep getting better. We can’t get worse. We prepare the same way every week. Just trying to get our opponent, get on the same page, come out with the win and keep helping our offense. More progress and more great things to come with this defense.”
LB Ahmad Brooks
What happened during that play when you sacked Browns QB Colt McCoy and forced the fumble?
“My helmet came off during the pass rush and I was just going to lay my shoulder on the quarterback and make sure he was down and maybe even strip the ball. But right when I was going to do that I saw [DT] Justin Smith somehow come into the play and I just ran into the quarterback head first. After the play I was kind of dizzy. I was bleeding and leaking as if I just got into a fight and lost. But the good thing about it is I got a sack. It was well worth it.”
What kind of momentum did that play create for you guys?
“It was early in the game and, on top of that, I think it was on their 20-yard line and it was fumble. So it gave the offense great field position and they just capitalized off of that big play.”
WR Michael Crabtree
How nice was it to have [WR] Braylon [Edwards] out there and to have that full complement of receivers?
“It was nice to have everybody out there. Braylon came in and made some big plays on slants and did a good job of hustling. I’m just happy to be one of them.”
How good does it feel to put in the work behind the scenes to make the plays on Sunday?
“It’s what you practice for, to play on Sunday. You want to duplicate what you do at practice and come into the game. You can’t beat that.”
As a playmaker, how much do like the fact that they [49ers offensive coaches] use the offensive tackles and the d-line and are really creative and mix it up?
“It’s football. Anybody can catch the ball these days. It was fun to see and fun to watch.”
What was the feeling in the locker room after the game knowing you’re 6-1 and can take care of business by winning games at home?
“What better feeling is there than when you win? You can’t ask for anything more.”
TE Vernon Davis
How does 6-1 feel?
“It feels amazing. I’ve never been 6-1 before. I’m enjoying it and it’s a blessing to be here. All I can do now is keep moving forward and keep getting better in practice.”
What did you see from their defense?
“Overall, I think they had an outstanding secondary. Guys were flying around. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody as fast as them, but they’re doing a great job as far as covering guys.”
What was it like to see T Joe Staley and DT Isaac Sopoaga catch some passes out there?
“That was nice. It was different, but they made the play and that’s all that counts. They made the play when we needed it and they helped put us in a good situation.”
WR Braylon Edwards
Were there any problems with the knees? The knee looked like it held up okay.
“The knee was fine. That knee was allowing me to cut, plant, do the things i needed to do to get open or block or catch passes. Due to the training staff here, it was a heck of a recovery but they instrumented it and it was great.”
What do you think about the offenseive creativity that these coaches are showing? They’re using tackles and defensive linemen to make big plays.
“We have so much talent and football is simple if you just take the time to be that way. But the thing is they’re adding little nuances, little twitches and it’s catching guys off-guard. Now we threw at our starting left tackle, we threw at our starting nose tackle, so if they keep things like that up we could be that new interesting team of the year.”
As a wideout, how much do you really like seeing this ground game take off and how do you foresee that opening things up for you guys to get healthy and get going with this year?
“Well that’s just football. You’ve got to get the ground game going to get the pass game going and vice-versa. When you’ve got a running back that’s running for 100 yards a game and the offensive line is just tremendous up front in giving him room, it really opens up the pass game and allows us to do the things we do. And now you get us doing what we can do, it opens up the running game. So you can never key in or gear into one facet of the game.”
WR Ted Ginn Jr.
Do you view it as a matchup of you against Browns WR Joshua Cribbs when you’re out there?
“It’s kind of sort of, because we both have the opportunity to make big plays. He created a big play on the offensive side for them this time. I knew it was going to be a little battle between us two but we can only control what we can control.
Coach said it wasn’t a perfect game but that all wins are a beautiful thing. How do you guys feel after this one?
“I mean at 6-1, playing for the 49ers who haven’t seen it in a long time. A lot of us have come from teams where we weren’t really winning like that. So for us to come out with no offseason and still put it on and come off this bye week and get a good win against a good defense and play tough like we did, it just shows what we’ve got. I think as we get back into things we’ll start rolling again.”
S Dashon Goldson
As coach said, it wasn’t perfect, but all wins are beautiful. How do you guys feel after this?
“It felt good, we’re 6-1. We left a little out there, but a ‘W’ is always good.”
What kind of change in the second half was made there? Harbaugh said this was a hard fought battle, guys making plays and Cleveland came to play too. Is that the change?
“We came here and knew we had to tighten up a lot of things that we have. Not losing in the first half and we kept in mind we have another half of football. They always play to the end of the competition, so we know we’re going to go out there and play another half.”
When you had that early lead too, what’s the mentality of the defense?
“When you’re up like that you have to play smart. Like I said, tighten up on the defense and keep playing smart.”
C Jonathan Goodwin
What’s it like to have a running back like Frank Gore behind you?
“When you have a great back like Frank it’s always a plus. He’s somebody, a guy that can make people miss when somebody might miss their block or things like that. He’s a special back and one that we want to protect and continue to open up holes for.”
What can you say about the coaches’ creativity, getting those other guys involved like T Joe Staley and DT Isaac Sopoaga and stuff like that?
“It’s fine. I’ve never seen anything like it and hopefully they can keep finding ways to be creative like that and keep defenses off balance. It’s every lineman’s dream that Joe got that completion today. It just would have been better if he somehow could have scored.”
RB Frank Gore
How does it feel to be the No. 2 all-time rusher on the 49ers [Gore surpassed Roger Craig]?
“It’s a blessing. Roger Craig and I have gotten to know each other over the years. He got me motivated. It feels good. We’re 6-1 and I have to give it up for our o-line and our receivers who do a great job blocking.”
What’s been different for you over the last four games? You’ve ran for more than 100 yards and have had rushing touchdowns in each one?
“We’ve played as one. We’re doing great up front and my receivers are doing a great job. Our receivers are probably the most physical in the league. I have to give it up to those guys. They’re doing all of the dirty work and I’m just going out and doing what God blessed me to do.”
Did you think you scored that touchdown [1-yard run which was stopped during the opening drive of the second quarter]?
“I thought I was in. But they said I wasn’t. The referee made the call. But we got the win and that’s all that matters now.”
LB Aldon Smith
When the play starts, what do you see when you go in to get the quarterback?
“Hopefully, it’s a pass play. When you recognize it’s a pass, you see him and make the move to get him. Once you’ve hit him, you’ve achieved what you set out to do.”
When you hit him, are you trying to bring him down? Are you trying to blast him or wrap him up with your arms?
“Yeah. Just hit him. I’m just trying to make the tackle. Whatever way it is, however you’re coming, the speed you’re coming in and the angle you’re coming at. The thing is you want to take him down and make sure you’ve got him stopped.”
Is it the best feeling for you to get a sack?
“If I could score a touchdown, that would be good. No, a sack is good. That’s the point of our job.”
This defense seems to hit very hard. Balls come out. Is it something you guys talk about? Meaning not to hurt them, but to knock things loose.
“We just want to establish ourselves as a physical defense. It’s a defense that will stop the run and that’s what we’ve done.”
DT Isaac Sopoaga
Were you ever known for having good hands?
“To myself, yes. For the whole world and fans, surprise. Catching a rugby ball that’s big is really hard and catching a football with my big hands was easy for me. I was anxious for it.”
How many times do you figure you practice that play [interception] in practice?
“In practice we run it twice a week. It was a good feeling to catch the ball in the game.”
When was the last time you caught a pass in any sort of game?
“It was in 1998, back in high school when I played football.”
T Joe Staley
What did you think when they called the play [his 17-yard reception in the first quarter]?
“I was kind of nervous. I haven’t touched the football since we ran a tackle-eligible play when I was a senior in college. I got minus-6 yards on the play. I certainly didn’t want that to happen. That was the last time I caught a football in a game. I just wanted to make sure I caught it and once I caught it, don’t fumble and whatever happens, happens. I really wanted to hit somebody really hard. I wanted to chuck somebody. And I really wanted to do a dance. So I was happy I was able to do everything.”
What was the best part: the catch, the run or the celebration?
“The whole thing is something I’ll never forget. It was something that was very memorable and that it happened in a game that we won was very exciting.”
Did you know they were definitely going to do it? Was that in the script?
“We were all pretty confident that it was going to be called.”
You guys had just gained 50 yards rushing on the previous two plays. Does that set it [Staley’s reception] up?
“That’s one of the things our coaching staff does a great job on. They just don’t call plays. They call plays that have a high percentage of being very successful. In the first half, our running game was working really well. That’s a tribute to everyone blocking, but also to the coaching staff who put us in a really good position. Everybody feels really involved with everything. [T Alex] Boone wasn’t a starting tackle, but he had a ton of plays today. Everybody feels really involved with the offense and it keeps everybody excited.”
Cleveland Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur
“I’ll first start with injuries. The most noticeable probably would have been [RB] Montario Hardesty. He had a calf strain early in the game. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow to see how significant it is, but he was obviously not able to go back in. [LB Chris] Gocong had a shoulder injury. He left he game. Other than that we just had the normal bumps and bruises and there’s nothing else to report at this time. So, tough game. I’ll first start with the defense. I thought the defense found a way to get them stopped in the second half. [RB Frank] Gore had 100 yards rushing the ball and didn’t do much in the second. They pulled it in a little bit and started running the ball more in the second half. We got down in numbers a little bit but I think offensively, we have to do a better job of moving the football regardless of who’s playing. I’m sure you have questions about that. And then I thought special teams stepped up and did a nice job. There were a lot of conversations this week about the special teams and they battled. They didn’t allow any significant plays and in the return game gave us a field position. So, we fell short and have things to improve on. With that, I’ll open it up for you.”
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