San Francisco 49ers Show Heart in Comeback Victory over Philadelphia Eagles

Brian WinettCorrespondent IIIOctober 2, 2011

Alex Smith led the comeback
Alex Smith led the comebackRich Schultz/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers showed the heart they at times lacked last year in a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles today.

In seasons past the 49ers would go down early and when they would fight their way back, it was only to lose due to a last minute turnover or a couple of stupid penalties.

In this game, the 49ers sealed the deal.

After coming back from a 23-3 deficit, the 49ers took a 24-23 lead with over three minutes to go.

The defense was commissioned with sealing the game.

The Eagles ran a West Coast offense and were marching down field.

A wide receiver screen sent them near field goal territory until Justin Smith chased down the receiver from behind and forced a fumble, which Dashon Goldson recovered with 2:06 left.

Frank Gore was fresh due to Kendall Hunter's start, and the veteran running back sealed the victory by running for two first downs.

This team shows traces of what former head coach Mike Singletary wanted the 49ers to be—tough and resilient with a focus on dominating power running.

With the play-calling and game management of Jim Harbaugh, however, the 49ers are winning games that they once lost.

This exciting come from behind effort makes up for the heartbreak versus the Cowboys in Week 2, and the 49ers have won two straight road games for the first time since 2006.