Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco 49ers did it again, coming away with a critical early season win when they needed it most and did so without any significant contributions quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Jim Harbaugh's squad got back over .500 this season with hard-nosed defense and a dedication to the run.
Once again, 49ers tailback Frank Gore shined, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and scoring a touchdown on the night. Regardless of J.J. Watt or Brian Cushing, the Inconvenient Truth could not be stopped. He was also well complemented by relief man Kendall Hunter.
The 49ers defense also showed up big, even though they were without Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Ian Williams, and lost Ray McDonald midway through.
Their team-oriented, swarm-tackling approach on that side of the ball proved to be a winning philosophy. As a result, the 49ers got what they needed out of Tramaine Brock, Demarcus Dobbs, Michael Wilhoite, Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier.
Great team win by San Francisco.
49ers 34, Texans 3
49ers Come Out of the Victory Formation
San Francisco improves to 3-2 on the season, stringing together its first winning streak of 2013.
Quarterback Change for San Francisco
Colin Kaepernick finishes 6-of-15 for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Colt McCoy! Colt McCoy sighting. He's in the game.— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) October 7, 2013
49ers On Their Way to 3-2
49ers down another defensive lineman with Demarcus Dobbs going down.
Dobbs is down Left on his own power— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) October 7, 2013
A lot of fans are heading for the exits -- driving over to Oakland, no doubt, for the Raiders-Chargers nightcap.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) October 7, 2013
4th quarter, 10:51 remaining
The Niners settle for a Phil Dawson chip shot, making it 34-3 as time winds down in the fourth quarter.
San Francisco making a statement tonight.
49ers Lumber Co., Reduex
Eric Reid and Donte Whitner combine for a takeaway on running back Ben Tate, holding him up and stripping him off the football.
The ball was recovered by the 49ers, who are threatening to add on to their booming point total.
Quarterback Change for Houston
Whoa ... TJ Yates into the game!— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 7, 2013
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak reacts to the Vernon Davis touchdown.
Tony Jerod-Eddie Interception
Matt Schaub has been a more productive quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers than Colin Kaepernick has.
Update: 49ers have 45 yards on four completions from Colin Kaepernick and 37 yards (and a TD) on three passes from Matt Schaub. Good grief.— Nick Mathews (@Nick_Mathews) October 7, 2013
Kaepernick's had more commercials than completions tonight.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) October 7, 2013
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