49ers vs. Titans: Live Grades and Analysis or San Francisco

Phil GCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2013

Oct 20, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is congratulated by head coach Jim Harbaugh after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers dominated the Tennessee Titans at LP Field, 31-17. The Titans had no answer for Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers' ground game. The Titans also struggled to produce consistently on offense, leaving potential scoring drives empty-handed. 

Check below for final grades and analysis.

Next week, the 49ers (5-2) travel to London to play the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7) at Wembley Stadium. 



San Francisco 49ers - 31

Tennessee Titans - 17

San Francisco 49ers Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseBB
Run OffenseB+B+
Pass DefenseB+B+
Run DefenseA-A
Special TeamsAA+
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Game Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: Colin Kaepernick was very precise and efficient in the passing game. Despite the score, this was far from an offensive showdown. Anquan Boldin once again demonstrated his importance to this team, with injuries to Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham still lingering. Kaepernick finished 13-of-21 with 200 yards passing.

Run Offense: Frank Gore was mediocre in terms of efficiency, but his aggressiveness on the ground is still the foundation for this 49ers offense. The 49ers offensive line struggled a bit, but the play of Kaepernick on the ground made up for their subpar performance. Kaepernick finished with 68 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Pass Defense: Jake Locker completed a few deep throws in the second half, but for the most part, this 49ers secondary played excellent football on the road. Their ability to lock down the running game with a simple four-man rush is imperative to their success in the back end. Cornerback Tramaine Brock played another great game.

Run Defense: Chris Johnson was a non-factor on the ground in this crucial matchup with the 49ers. With a banged-up quarterback, Johnson just looked like any old running back. Credit should be given to a banged-up 49ers front seven, but it was there for the taking for Johnson. The Titans finished with just 70 yards rushing.

Special Teams: The 49ers received next to nothing in field advantage, but their coverage unit has looked top-notch in the first seven weeks. Punter Andy Lee booted a 58-yard punt, while also nailing two punts within the 20-yard line. Fantastic effort by special teamer Kassim Osgood, who put away the game when Darius Reynaud botched a punt return. 

Coaching: Head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman drummed up a fantastic game plan. They stuck with their run first identity with Frank Gore, while also loosening the chains for the young Kaepernick to flourish on the ground. 

Oct 20, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) rushes against Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Akeem Ayers (56) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports


First-Half Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: The 49ers didn’t ask much of Kaepernick, but he was still effective when called on to make plays. Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin continue to be Kaepernick’s favorite targets. Both players combined for 67 receiving yards on four catches.

Run Offense: Offensive coordinator Greg Roman leaned on Frank Gore in the first half, but the Titans have largely kept No. 21 at bay. On a surprising note, Colin Kaepernick has looked sensational on the ground thus far. The Titans have no answer for Kaepernick right now.

Pass Defense: Tramaine Brock recorded his third interception of the season in the second quarter. Overall, the 49ers secondary has played well in the first half. Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker completed a little less than 70 percent of his passes, but also threw his first interception of the season.

Run Defense: The 49ers run defense looked excellent despite the injuries up front. Chris Johnson and company have looked subpar, and the 49ers could force the Titans to abandon the run. With a banged-up quarterback, I’m sure the Titans don’t want to look one dimensional against a very aggressive 49ers defense.

Special Teams: The 49ers coverage unit has looked excellent once again. They continue to play at a very high level. 49ers kicker Phil Dawson made his only attempt, while punter Andy Lee displayed his big leg, booting a huge 57-yard punt in the first quarter.

Coaching: The 49ers coaches, namely Greg Roman, have been criticized quite harshly with regards to play-calling. In today's game, the coaching staff deserves some praise for calling a great game against a tough-minded Titans team.