The San Francisco 49ers righted the ship last week against the St. Louis Rams, but with the Houston Texans coming to town hellbent on ridding themselves of the bitter taste left in their mouths by the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers will need to build on their performance from last week in order to emerge victorious this Sunday.
The blueprint for victory was established against the Rams, as the 49ers returned to their physical, bruising style of play. The run will play a vast role in this game, with both teams looking to establish their most efficient form of offense.
While the defense looked to have improved tenfold, the fact remains that it was only against the Rams. Houston boasts a far more formidable stable of talent, and stopping the likes of Arian Foster and Andre Johnson will be the true barometer of how far the defense has come.
With both teams at 2-2 and looking up in the division standings for a change, getting a victory here could prove crucial for their playoff runs. Here are the five most important things the 49ers must do to ensure they walk away with that crucial win.