The San Francisco 49ers can enjoy a mini bye week this weekend after defeating Seattle 13-6 Thursday night at Candlestick Park.
The 49ers relied on Frank Gore to carry a heavy workload against a stingy Seahawks rush defense and the franchise’s all-time leading rusher delivered with a 16-carry, 131-yard performance against an NFC West rival.
Jim Harbaugh liked the way all of his offensive players competed throughout the team’s first division game of 2012.
“Just point to the physical play of our offensive line,” the 49ers coach said. “Coming off the ball there were some big holes. [RB] Frank [Gore] ran well. Receivers were blocking. [WR Michael Crabtree] Crab had a physical play early in the game breaking two or three tackles. But, it was just that kind of physical play. Some good plays were called and guys were feeling it and coming off the ball.”
Crabtree’s impressive body control is photographed in the image atop this blog post. Let’s take a look at all the headlines from the 49ers win.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News shares his game story from Thursday night. Inman: “Cornerback Chris Culliver offered the simplest explanation Thursday night for why the 49ers, yet again, avoided a two-game losing streak. “Because we’re the 49ers,” Culliver said after a 13-6 escape against the visiting Seattle Seahawks.”
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Gore’s big game in his game story. Branch: “Finally, the 49ers fed Frank Gore on Thursday night and that made all the difference. After underutilizing their bell-cow back for six quarters dating back to last week, San Francisco open the second half with a Gore-centric touchdown drive and never looked back in a 13-6 win over Seattle on Thursday night at Candlestick Park.”
Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com detailed the physical encounters between Marshawn Lynch and Dashon Goldson.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee breaks down the most physical 30 minutes of football Harbaugh has ever seen.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com explains the logic in Harbaugh declining a fourth-quarter safety.
Maiocco also looked at the physical toll of Gore’s big game.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com offers his thoughts after the 49ers latest win. Sando: “The 49ers have 11 days to recover and self-scout before facing the Cardinals in a Monday night game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona hasn’t allowed more than 21 points in a game this season. The nation might see another NFC West slugfest. The goal, then as now, will be to get out alive.”
49ers.com’s postgame coverage included a game story, a look at the 49ers staying atop the NFC West, a game notebook discussing Gore’s big effort, photos from the game and a Cover 2 video report presented by AAA.
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