On the game’s second play, Ahmad Brooks lost his helmet, sacked McCoy and forced a fumble, which resulted in a split lip. It set the tone. NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis (52) combined on 18 tackles, with Willis adding a sack. Aldon Smith also had a sack.
Cleveland’s TD came on a 45-yard throw to Josh Cribbs, with 49er corner Tarell Brown putting in a good effort. Take away that throw, and Cleveland’s average gain per play drops to just above four yards, excellent for a defense.
Together with the defensive line, the Niners defense held the Browns to 2.9 yards per rush attempt. Also, the team has allowed a league-low 107 points in seven games. The front-seven has a lot to do with this being the best defense in the league.