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Ahmad Brooks finished Week 10 with four tackles and two sacks.
It is almost impossible to keep a list of impressive performances to just 10 choices.
But, for the sake of not overlooking other great moments, let us not forget some of the performances that barely missed the cut.
Ahmad Brooks' Performance in Week 10
It is safe to say the 49ers defense kept them in the game versus the Carolina Panthers in Week 10. Despite a 10-9 loss at home, San Francisco's defense was a primary reason the 49ers even had a chance.
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks was a primary reason behind this.
Brooks finished the game with four tackles, two sacks and one assist. This author was present at the game and watched as Brooks was all over the field, creating havoc for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
David Fucillo of Niners Nation backs up his performance by writing:
Ahmad Brooks imposed his will in a manner that we haven't frequently seen. Brooks has been a very solid linebacker for the 49ers, and he does get sacks. However, Sunday, he was all over the place, making sure Cam Newton knew he was after him.
Fucillo also writes that had the 49ers won that game, Brooks may have received a nomination for NFC Defensive Player of the Week over Luke Kuechly who received the award.
It is too bad he did not get the accolade as that would have put him further up this list, but the performance has to be mentioned, nonetheless.
Kendall Hunter's 41-yard Rush Against Jacksonville
It is nice to see backup running backs having a significant impact.
Such should be said of Kendall Hunter, who put together a nice performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8.
Hunter led all 49ers rushers that game with 84 yards on the ground. His longest—and subsequently largest gain of his season so far—went for 41 yards from scrimmage in the third quarter and helped set up Frank Gore's second rushing touchdown of the game.
Of course, we cannot overlook the fact that San Francisco was up big by this point in the game—leading 28-10 before Gore's touchdown. We also cannot forget the Jaguars defense is currently ranked 30th in the NFL, allowing an average of 28.5 points per game.
Still, it was an impressive run and showcases the fact that the 49ers have a more-than-capable backup in Hunter.
Eric Reid's Interception Return for 53 yards against Arizona
Rookie safety Eric Reid is making quite a showing for himself thus far into his inaugural NFL season.
One of those moments came during the 49ers' Week 6 victory over the visiting Arizona Cardinals.
Reid's pick of Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer came at the 10:50 mark of the first quarter and Reid subsequently ran the ball back 53 yards making it all the way to Arizona's seven-yard line.
The interception was Reid's third of the season by that point and the return was the longest out of his four so far.
Unfortunately, San Francisco was unable to find the end zone after the turnover and had to settle for a field goal. With the game still in doubt at this point, it is hard to say the interception was a game-breaker.
Still, fans have to like what they are seeing out of Reid this season. There will assuredly be plenty of more big moments to come.
49ers Produce Longest Drive of the 2013 Season
It was an 18-play, 89-yard scoring drive that took 9:32 off the clock and put a cap on San Francisco’s 32-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.
"[We] grinded some meat,” Jim Harbaugh said of the drive via Taylor Price of 49ers.com.
At the time, the drive was impressive. After 15 weeks, it remains so.
The drive featured a number of critical conversions, including a fourth-down conversion which featured fullback Bruce Miller gaining three yards on a critical 4th-and-1.
The drive also ensured San Francisco dominating the time-of-possession game over Arizona and was a key factor to the victory.
While it was impressive—as long as it ended in points—the 49ers probably were on pace for a victory in this game regardless of the drive.