The 49ers (3-2) stay in Candlestick Park to face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. Check below for final grades and analysis.
Houston Texans - 3
San Francisco 49ers - 34
Game Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers
Pass Offense: With the exception of the Colin Kaepernick-Vernon Davis hookup in the fourth quarter, this passing offense was mediocre in the second half. Chalk this up to a great team win. Kaepernick was 6-of-15 passing for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Run Offense: Frank Gore did most of his damage in the first half but was still able to sprinkle a few good runs in the second. Six 49ers carried the ball in all, totaling over 170 rushing yards.
Pass Defense: This 49ers secondary forced three interceptions and a pick-six out of Matt Schaub and Co. Schaub deserves most of the blame, but the Niners pass rush looked good in the win. Tramaine Brock and Eric Reid look very promising.
Run Defense: Arian Foster proved effective; however, the Niners' huge lead forced the Texans to make a comeback through the air. In fairness, at least the 49ers didn't give up many big plays. The Texans finished with 126 yards rushing.
Special Teams: This coverage unit for the 49ers was absolutely fantastic in the win. While the Texans boast little firepower in the return game to begin with, this was still a dominating performance in coverage.
Coaching: After an impressive start to this game, the 49ers looked complacent and tired to start the second half. Luckily for the 49ers, the Texans didn't help themselves in the penalty department.
First-Half Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers
Pass Offense: Kaepernick and the 49ers offense proved sharp in the first quarter. While the passing offense lacked explosive plays, it proved very efficient on third downs. Kaepernick was 4-of-8 for 45 yards passing.
Run Offense: Gore and Co. picked up where they left off. After an impressive performance against the St. Louis Rams in Week 4, the 49ers have rushed for more than 90 yards against the Texans in the first half.
Pass Defense: The 49ers picked off Schaub twice in the first half. Credit this Niners pass rush for a strong half of football. Nickel corner Tramaine Brock continues to impress in place of the injured Nnamdi Asomugha.
Run Defense: This is usually a stingy unit against the run, but the 49ers tend to struggle against zone-running teams like the Seattle Seahawks and Texans. Foster and this rushing attack gutted this Niners defense for more than 48 yards.
Special Teams: The 49ers coverage unit has returned to elite status after a mediocre year in 2012. Punter Andy Lee was solid, booting twice for a respectable 46-yard average.
Coaching: Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman crafted a great game plan in the first half. This 49ers team has officially returned to its ground-and-pound roots after a tumultuous 1-2 start.