Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49ers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The 49ers defeated the Dolphins 27-13 at Candlestick Park
The San Francisco 49ers moved to 9-3-1 today, knocking off the visiting Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park. And despite the win, this afternoon's showdown in the Bay Area was not a pretty one for the 49ers. It's fair to say that the Niners have some work to do.
Like the Dolphins, they too are a work-in-progress. With Colin Kaepernick behind center for a 4th-straight game, the 49ers were able to manufacture enough points to put this one away. But the passing game was out of sync for much of the contest.
On the 49ers behalf, most of the plays were made on the ground or defensively.
However, both Miami and San Francisco showed a great deal of potential for the future. The Niners are seeing that even though it's not fully developed, Kaepernick's presence in the offense adds a new dimension and opens an array of opportunities.
It's hard to not to see his potential to be an impact player at the QB position for the 49ers long-term.
Colin Kaepernick: 50-yard TD run, longest by anyone on 49ers since Frank Gore had 3 of 50+ yards in 2009.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 9, 2012
Aldon Smith with his second sack of the day...
Aldon Smith now 3 1/2 sacks from the single season record.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) December 9, 2012
The 49ers are on top, 27-13 with 1:59 remaining on the game clock. San Francisco has this one pretty much wrapped up. But there are still a lot of questions. Going into this one, there weren't many people that thought this would be anywhere near this close.
Miami was in this game for most of the time. The big difference in this one was the muffed special teams punt by the Dolphins that was recovered by C.J. Spillman. Some hard running by Frank Gore also helped put this one away.
Should Colin Kaepernick have slide at the 1-yard? Just asking.— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) December 9, 2012
That's going to be game
Colin Kaepernick taking the read-option all the way to the house to give the 49ers a 27-13 lead with 2:10 remaining in the football game. It looks as if San Francisco will move to 9-3-1 on the season.
Read option goes for 50 yards. TD Colin Kaepernick. There's your wow moment of the game for him.— Kyle Bonagura (@KyleBonagura) December 9, 2012
4:03 remaining in the fourth quarter...
And the 4th-and-long attempt by the Dolphins was no good. The 49ers will be looking to run clock here, seeing as they don't need to score any more points.
The #49ers force the Dolphins to turn the ball over on downs with 4:10 left. SF takes over at its own 35.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 9, 2012
Aldon Smith and Ray McDonald force incompletion.— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) December 9, 2012
4:22 remaining in the fourth quarter...
And the 49ers defense has to make a play. With their status and what they represent -- their identity would be in question here if they allow Miami to tie.
Crowd at Candlestick is quiet ... stunned. Probably didn't expect a close game.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) December 9, 2012
4:40 remaining in the fourth quarter...
On first down, an unblocked Patrick Willis fired up the middle and forced Tannehill to get rid of the ball. The 49ers need stand here.
Aldon Smith (neutral zone infraction) commits 49ers 5th penalty of day to open Dolphins drive— Cam Inman (@CamInman) December 9, 2012
7:41 remaining in the fourth quarter...
San Francisco is back on the attack. With it only being a one-score game, the 49ers cannot afford to be conservative or they risk being overtaken.
The 49ers are on top, 20-13.
Scoring Update: Fasano TD Makes It A One-Score Game
Anthony Fasano made an unbelievable one-handed TD reception over Donte Whitner in the back of the end zone. The Dolphins have inched closer to the 49ers, making it 20-13.
With 7:55 remaining in this game, Miami is very much alive here.
Fasano with an outstanding diving catch over Whitner in end zone. Will it hold up to review?— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) December 9, 2012
Dolphins will go for it on 4th-and-goal from the 3.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 9, 2012
HUGE RUN by Reggie Bush
Dolphins are in scoring position inside the 10.
Ryan Tannehill doing a phenomenal job avoiding 49ers pressure (1 sack by Aldon). Using dump passes and mobility out of pocket— Cam Inman (@CamInman) December 9, 2012
12:32 remaining in the fourth quarter...
Kaepernick has 1 carry for 5 yards, while Tannehill has 2 for 22.
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