Proficient football in all three phases of the game earned the San Francisco 49ers (5-2) a much-needed win over the Tennessee Titans (3-4).
After a static-filled start to the season, the 49ers hit the reset button and haven't looked back. They've gotten better each and every week as a result of better efforts from key players, as well as improved play-calling and game-planning by the coaches.
The most notable improvement this week came from quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who went 13-of-21 for 199 yards with no scores or interceptions. But he did manage to run 11 times for 68 yards and a touchdown, and generally kept this offense in forward motion.
He found Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Frank Gore while working to integrate rookie tight end Vance McDonald a bit more.
He was well complemented by the efforts of the defense and special teams, which were both lights out today against an unfamiliar opponent. Justin Smith was a one-man wrecking crew in the trenches, while the All-Pro linebackers locked up Chris Johnson. Cornerback Tramaine Brock went on to have another outstanding performance on the back end.
This team is really beginning to pick up a head of steam, which is great, seeing as they are just one game closer to gaining key players like Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham. They will travel to Wembley Stadium in London next week to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars before a bye on Week 9.
49ers 31, Titans 17