A dominating performance in the trenches, reestablishing their identity in a win against a division rival in Week 4 is exactly what the San Francisco 49ers needed following a rocky start to the 2013 NFL season.
This is a promising team that has recently been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Injuries, off-the-field issues, performance questions and more all drove this 49ers team to do some soul searching in a shortened week.
Coming off back-to-back losses against the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, the Niners were in the midst of an identity crisis and in danger of compromising their ultimate goal—a Super Bowl—before the season even really had a chance to get started.
Yes, the 49ers really fell behind the eight ball that quick.
However, the resilient team that they are, characterized by head coach Jim Harbaugh, a.k.a "Captain Comeback," San Francisco managed to regroup and strike back.
Here is what we learned from the 49ers' Thursday night victory.