It was the first back-to-back road victories on the East Coast since 2001; the first time they had back-to-back road wins since 2006. That right there should tell you something that the 2011 San Francisco 49ers are a little different.
In Sunday’s 24-23, come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, the 49ers made the biggest statement that this is a transformed team from the Mike Singletary Era. It was a team down 20-3 at halftime, 23-3 after a blocked field goal in the third quarter.
It was a hostile environment against a team that has one of the league’s most dangerous and dynamic players: Michael Vick. That the 49ers came out of it with a thrilling yet convincing victory, one that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat (I’m sorry, the cliché was right here; couldn’t refuse), tells us much about this team is so much different than the 49ers of years past.
Credit coach Jim Harbaugh and staff. Of course, Eagle fans will say just credit Justin Smith for running down behind the screen play and punching the ball out of the grasp of Jeremy Maclin, which in turn led to the 49ers securing the win.
Nonetheless, this is a team that inspires belief and is worthy of attention. It is a team that is getting better and seems to be able to continue to improve. Here are five things we learned in San Francisco’s 24-23 win over Philadelphia.