San Francisco 49ers: How They Crushed the Steelers on the National Stage

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San Francisco 49ers: How They Crushed the Steelers on the National Stage
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In a strange game featuring two power outages and four Big Ben turnovers, the 49ers beat down the Steelers 20-3. 

In the process, San Francisco moved one step closer to securing a No. 2 seed for the playoffs (while slim hopes of a No. 1 still remain).

After a blown transformer delayed kick-off 20 minutes, the Niners jumped out to a 6-0 lead behind two Roethlisberger interceptions and sustained the momentum throughout the game. 

During the week, Harbaugh publicly challenged his team to "man up" after a deflating loss to the Cardinals. The players rose above the challenge and weathered everything thrown their direction, including another second quarter black-out. 

The Steelers would go on to cut the lead to three, but Alex Smith responded marching the offense down the field and eventually finding Vernon Davis wide-open in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown reception. 

Huh, a redzone touchdown?

It was an early Christmas miracle on a night that belonged to the San Francisco 49ers and all their fans. 

"I think we showed the world we can play the game of football on a national stage," Vernon Davis said about beating the Steelers.

"At the end of the day that's what it's all about: respect."

I couldn't have said it any better. 

Here is how the 49ers earned that respect in their big win over the Steelers:

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