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Week 15 Game Notes

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 17, 2012 – 4:13 PM

The 49ers clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season with Sunday night’s 41-34 road victory over the Patriots. 49ers Public Relations presents the following game notes from the Week 15 win.

With a Win…

  • The 49ers reached double-digit victories for the 2nd year in a row, marking the 1st time San Francisco has won 10+ games in consecutive seasons since 2001-02.
  • Head coach Jim Harbaugh became the 3rd coach in 49ers history to win 10+ games in each of his 1st 2 seasons at the helm [George Seifert (1989 - 14-2, 1990 - 14-2), Steve Mariucci (1997 - 13-3, 1998 - 12-4)]. Harbaugh joins Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin as the only active head coach to win at least 10 games in each of his first two seasons.
  • Harbaugh improved his regular season coaching record to 23-6-1, surpassing Tomlin for the most wins in the 1st 2 seasons among active head coaches.
  • With 23 wins in his career, Harbaugh now ranks 7th in NFL history for the most wins by a head coach in their first two seasons.

Most Wins By A Head Coach In Their First Two Years

Rank Coach Team




George Seifert SF




Steve Mariucci SF




Roy Andrews NYG



Jim Caldwell Ind.



Mike Martz StL



Barry Switzer Dal.




Jim Harbaugh SF




Chuck Knox LA Rams



Red Miller Den.



Allie Sherman NYG



Mike Tomlin Pit,




  • Harbaugh’s 23 wins in his first two years as an NFL head coach are the 2nd most in NFL history by a coach inheriting a team with a losing record, 2nd only to NYG head coach Roy Andrews, who won 24 games from 1929-30 after joining a team that went 4-7-2 the previous season.
  • Harbaugh also became the 5th coach in NFL history to win 10-or-more games in each of his first two seasons as head coach after inheriting a team with a losing record, joining NYG Roy Andrews (1929-30), LA Rams Chuck Knox (1973-1974), Bal. Colts Ted Marchibroda (1975-76) and Phi. Ray Rhodes (1995-96).
  • The 49ers improved to 8-4 in the all-time series and 4-3 on the road against the New England Patriots.
  • Under Harbaugh, the 49ers improved to 7-1 against AFC opponents and 4-0 against the AFC East.
  • San Francisco remained undefeated in prime time games this season, improving to 5-0. The 49ers also improved their all-time prime time record to 64-32, including 26-17 on the road and 13-9 on Sunday Night Football.

49ers Finding Winning Formula in Foxborough:

  • The 49ers snapped New England’s 20-game home winning streak in December. It was the Patriots’ first loss at home in December since 12/22/02 (vs. NYJ).
  • San Francisco ended New England’s 13 game winning streak in the month of December. The 49ers became the first team to defeat New England in December since 12/6/09 (at Mia.).

Moss Climbs the Charts:

  • WR Randy Moss had 2 recepts. for 36 yds. and 1 TD. He now has 15,220 career receiving yards, surpassing WR Isaac Bruce for the 3rd most in NFL history.


Most Receiving Yards in NFL History

Rank Player



Jerry Rice, 1985-2004



Terrell Owens, 1996-2010



Randy Moss, 1998-2010, 2012



Isaac Bruce, 1998-2009



Tim Brown, 1988-2004



Gore Paces the Ground Game:

  • RB Frank Gore tallied 21 carries for 83 yds., while adding 2 recepts. for 34 yds. Gore also registered his first career fumble return for a TD, scooping a fumble by QB Colin Kaepernick and taking 9 yds. for a TD.
    • Gore now has 61 career TDs (50 rushing; 10 receiving, 1 return), ranking t-4th in franchise history for the most career TDs.


Most TDs in 49ers History

Rank Player


1. Jerry Rice


2. Terrell Owens


3. Roger Craig


4t. Frank Gore


Ken Willard



Give The Ball to Frank:

  • With 23 touches (21 carries, 2 recepts.)  RB Frank Gore surpassed RB Roger Craig for the most total touches in 49ers history.


Most Total Touches in 49ers History

Rank Player


1. Frank Gore, 2005-Present


2. Roger Craig, 1983-90


3. Ken Willard, 1965-73


4. Joe Perry, 1950-63


5. Jerry Rice, 1985-2000



Kap Tosses Four:

  • QB Colin Kaepernick completed 14 of 25 attempts for 216 yds., 4 TDs, 1 INT and a QB rating of 107.7. He became this first 49er to throw 4 TD passes in a game since QB Jeff Garcia on 12/7/03 (vs. Arz – 28-19-252-0 INTs-4 TDs).

Career Year for Crabtree:

  • WR Michael Crabtree led the team 7 recepts. for 107 yds. and 2 TDs. This marked his 6th career 100-yd. game and 3rd career 2 TD performance.
  • Crabtree has now set single-season career highs in recepts. (73) and TDs (7).

Walker Finds the End Zone:

  • TE Delanie Walker recorded 2 recepts. for 29 yds. and 1 TD. He now has 2 TD recepts. on the season and 7 in his career.
  • Walker also recovered the Patriots onside kick attempt late in the 4th qtr. to seal the victory.

Pick Party:

  • The 49ers defense notched 2 INTs off Patriots QB Tom Brady.
  • CB Carlos Rogers hauled in his first INT of the season and 15th of his career in the 1st qtr. This marked Brady’s first INT in 230 consecutive attempts at home.
  • LB Aldon Smith registered his 1st career INT. The pick led to a 27-yd. TD pass from QB Colin Kaepernick to WR Michael Crabtree on the ensuing play.

Knock the Ball Out:

  • LB NaVorro Bowman recorded his first career FF, stripping the ball from Patriots RB Shane Vereen. The loose ball was scooped up by CB Chris Culliver, marking his first career FR.
  • S Donte Whitner tallied his 2nd FF of the season and 6th of his career, knocking the ball loose from Patriots RB Stevan Ridley. S Dashon Goldson notched his 2nd FR of the season and 4th of his career, returning the fumble 66 yds. RB Frank Gore scored a TD on the ensuing play.

Bringing the Pressure:

  • The 49ers defense registered 3 sacks on the night.
  • DT Ray McDonald tallied 2.0 sacks, marking his 1st career multi-sack game. McDonald now has 2.5 sacks on the season and 13.0 for his career.
  • DT Ricky Jean Francois notched his 2nd career sack, and his first since 10/17/10 vs. Oak., bringing down Patriots QB Tom Brady in the 4th qtr.

Keep ‘Em On Their Toes:

  • With the 49ers ahead 7-0 in the 1st qtr., San Francisco faced a 4th-n-10 from their own 41 yd. line. LS Brian Jennings snapped the ball directly to S Dashon Goldson, who notched a 31-yd. run down to the Patriots 28-yd. line. This marked Goldson’s first career carry and the first successful fake punt by the 49ers since 12/14/06 at Sea. (Jennings direct snap to RB Michael Robinson for 33 yds.).


Akers t-2nd for NFL FG Streak:

  • With 2 FGs at NE. K David Akers has now made at least 1 FG in 31 consecutives, dating back to 1/2/11 vs. Dal. as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He tied Fred Cox (Min., 1968-70) for the 2nd longest streak of consecutive games scoring a field goal in NFL history.


Most Consecutive Games Scoring A Field Goal




1. Matt Stover, Bal.



2t. David Akers, Phi./SF



Fred Cox, Min.



4t. Jim Turner, NYJ/Den.



Chip Lohmiller, Was.




Extending Their Streaks:

  • TE/LS Brian Jennings has now played in 206 consecutive games.
  • DT Justin Smith has now started 185 consecutive games, dating back to his rookie season in 2001. Smith’s consecutive start streak ranks 3rd among all NFL players, behind Ronde Barber (213) and London Fletcher (197)
  • TE Vernon Davis has now started 89 consecutive games, which ranks 3rd in the NFL among TEs behind Tony Gonzalez (99) and Jason Witten (97).
  • C Jonathan Goodwin has now started 68 consecutive games, the 5th most among centers.
  • K David Akers has now played in 119 consecutive NFL games, the 3rd most in the NFL among kickers.
  • P Andy Lee played has played in 142 consecutive NFL games, 3rd most among NFL punters.


Posted in Announcements | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Week 15 Game Notes”

  1. By Steve R. on Dec 17, 2012 | Reply

    Great Work…Love this write up and tracking of what the team/players have accomplsihed. Thanks

  2. By Humble Gold on Dec 18, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone Excellent.
    Just one shaky piece in the puzzle: D. Akers miss another 39 yard field goal.

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