49ers 31, Titans 17

The 49ers flicked aside the Tennessee Titans Sunday 31-17 in a game that was surprisingly ho-hum. A real meat and potatoes special. Some running, some passing, some dumb opponent penalties, an interception, a special teams TD, and some great defense. Voila! Burp.

QB Colin Kaepernick had his best all around game of the year, hitting key passes to Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis, plus running for 68 yards and a TD. Not a huge stat day, but a methodically controlled beat down. It was 24-0 when the 4th quarter started, and that’s more reflective of the game than the final score. At one point in the final quarter, our base D-line consisted of backups Quinton Dial, Demarcus Dobbs, and Tony Jerod-Eddie. The rookie Dial suiting up and playing after only three NFL practices was very impressive.

Boldin made two highlight reel catches, the likes of which we have only seen other teams’ WRs make these past few years — an all out finger tip dive and a one hander near the sideline. Vance McDonald had a key reception and Davis looks more and more like a WR than a TE. A lot of production for a mere 13 completed passes.

It was the fourth straight win for the team, and they’ve scored 30+ points in all four. The turn around from the ugly losses in games 2 and 3 has all come from the Niners re-committing themselves to the power running game and playing great team defense. Frank Gore had only 70 yards on 24 carries Sunday, but he forces teams to bring a safety down into the box, which means either Vernon or Anquan will be single covered. When you’ve only got two viable receivers, that’s fairly critical. If Kyle Williams was actually a receiving threat — he had zero catches again — the team might get explosive again. We’re all waiting breathlessly for the return of Mario Manningham in the next week or two, and Michael Crabtree in late November.

The team left for London after the game and should return next week with the same 6-2 record as they had at the halfway point last year. It will also mark the occasion of Kaepernick finally playing 16 regular season games — one full year as the starting QB. And he’s looked more and more comfortable lately, now that the coaches are letting him run the offense instead of having to be the offense.

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52 comments on “49ers 31, Titans 17
  1. Bigjon510No Gravatar says:

    One of the best, most complete games I’ve seen them play in a long time. O-line are road graders and how sweet is it knowing that are safety is where he is suppose to be!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Can somebody help me out on the Johnson long TD screen play? While watching the replay it occurred to me that the center was down field ready to block on Willis while the ball was being thrown. Maybe I was it wrong and he wasn’t across the LOS yet or I don’t understand the rule. I need to see it one more time to make sure I saw it correctly. What I’m thinking is, was he down field and isn’t that a penalty? Getting Willis blocked was the key to that play. If somebody has the ability to watch it again please let me know.

  3. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    One of the qualities that Harbaugh and his coaching staff have brought to the Niners is their flexibility and self-reflection. When a game plan or a tactic does not work, they change it. This is in sharp contrast to Mike “Let’s Pound It Up the Middle Some More” Singletary.

    The current coaching staff does make mistakes and they were definitely too cute at the start of the year, but they saw that did not work and they changed their approach.

    That’s how you build a long term winning football team.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I guess this whipping was more than Titans owner Bud Adams could endure. He croaked last night.

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Was the pass behind the line of scrimmage? That’s the only way the center can block downfield on a pass play. I don’t remember either. I can take a look later.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The pass was behind the line of scrimmage and the block was within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage.
    I think it was a well executed play.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Titans released return man Darius Reynuad because of his muffed punt that went for a TD yesterday.
    That’s the second return guy the Niners “knocked out” this year.
    In the first week the Packer return guy lost his job because he bobbled a ball away.

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We have an explosive team and it was good to see em play like they did yesterday. The Titans have a decent team and were at home, it was a good win.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Frank Gore leads the NFL in explosive runs. He has 7 runs of 20+ yards.”

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Win the next one and we have to be happy to reach the bye at 6-2. Get MM and Tank on the field for the second half, and work on our passing game during the week off.
    Seattle is tough but not invincible on the road. The defense has improved the last two weeks as Justin Smith has had his best two games since he got hurt. 13-3 or 12-4 is within reach for the 49ers, and could be good enough for the division.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A real spine tingler going down in New Jersey.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Vikings keep blaming the QBs for their dismal offense. At some point somebody should ask the coach when he is going to learn how to call plays. It is the old call plays for the running back instead of the QB and then blame the QB. Sound familiar? The asst head coach is Singletary. Harbaugh does this a bit, but nothing like the Vikings do. Harbaugh does allow his QB to make many more decisions before third and long than them.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Now that is too funny. The Vikings get a fumble, get to a 2nd and short and call a pass with one receiver in the route. So 70’s football. QB has no decision to make, the coach made it on the sideline. How did that work! Interception. If you can’t trust your QB to make a decision put in a different QB. Or better yet, a different coach.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I would like to see if we could get Christian Ponder as our back-up QB in a fire sale. I doubt MinnyHaHa would do that but they did just go out and get Freeman. It is worth an inquiry.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams are desperate for a QB now too.
    Should be interesting to see how they settle that situation.
    Ironically the NYJ released Quinn in favor of Garrard.
    I think they basically handed Quinn to former OC Schottenheimer.
    Good ‘Ol Boy network as it is.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    No QB can be successful in St Louis with Brian Schottenheimer as OC calling plays. He just spent a few years destroying the Jets, he is concentrating on the Rams these days.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If Rich Rodriguez was to be fired at Univ of Arizona I would be tempted to try him as an OC in the pros. I don’t know if his play designs would work at the next level but I think they would. It would require a smart QB with some athleticism.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams should go after Ponder but what good would it do with Schotzy there! With Schotzy calling plays you might as well get Tebow. At least he can run for his life better than most QBs.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Freeman might not know the plays but his foot work, and lower body in general, is terrible. It is good on some plays but he very inconsistent.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I have no love for StL obviously but, any hope we had of getting some help from them vs Seattle next week likely evaporated with the Bradford injury.
    I’m all for Schotty staying put there for a long time.
    He sucks.
    We benefit.

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Freeman couldn’t impress Schiano that should have been MN’s first clue.
    Take AP off their roster and I doubt they win 4 ganes.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I doubt they win 4 games this year with AP. Freeman is inconsistent but he does have a good game now and then. They will have to work on his footwork this week or go to Ponder. Something tells me they won’t be thinking of the QBs footwork. How could that ever make a difference, right!

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve seen first hand how quickly a roster can turn around with a qualified GM running the show.
    Until MN, and others, realize this structure, nothing good will come, footwork or not.
    I’ve come to appreciate just how important a guy like Baalke is to a franchise.
    He sees the needs, finds the talent and the Coaches.
    All the more reason to enjoy the entertainment coming from Dallas.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Teaching and reminding a QB of footwork is no different than doing the same for a lineman. Does it matter who a franchise drafts if the coaches do not see bad footwork by the player playing the most important position on the field? We saw it with our coaches when Alex was young. The only coach that knew how to coach quality mechanics was Norv Turner until Harbaugh showed up. I find it amazing how many QBs in the NFL don’t get proper constant reminding of their form on game day.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Precisely Berger, good teams typically become so by way of good coaching.
    Schiano is no genius by a long stretch.
    He’s in way over his head at the Pro level.
    His way or the highway.
    SF got the proper HC in Harbaugh.
    A QB guru who lives to coach.
    Baalke sought him out and convinced him to leave Stanford for SF.
    I firmly believe that any organization is only as good as the GM calling the shots.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Whoever evaluated Freeman initially in TB missed plenty of flaws.
    You can fix a lot of flaws with coachable players so long as you provide competent teachers.
    Other guys on our Staff that should be appreciated are Rathman and Tomsula.
    Way too many Teams miss the big picture.
    To be a Pro, you need Pro’s to instruct them.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If you miss the fundamentals it doesn’t matter what Xs and Os you bring as a coach. Everything starts with fundamentals. That is what makes the foundation that can be built upon. When I see a QB with bad mechanics I immediately have to wonder about the coaching. When you say “footwork or not” it makes me think you don’t see the importance of that issue. I would think most people think the same way.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    ‘Footwork or not’ simply addressed the need for good coaching.
    My point was leadership starts at the top.
    Bad GM typically hires inadequate coaches and on it goes.
    Schiano inherited Freeman and obviously didn’t appreciate it.
    Not many get along with Schiano.
    Total Dick-tator.
    He turned Rutgers around because they were toiling in anonimity before he arrived.
    He recruited well because of his Miami football ties and turned it in a positive direction but, he hit the ceiling at ‘average’.
    MN is simply grasping at straws to find an answer beyond Ponder and Cassel.
    Freeman won’t improve anything if their coaching staff couldn’t get over the hump with Ponder or Cassel.
    Too many GMs think the QB with the big arm is going to fix things just by virtue of physical gifts.
    Seeing football through Al Davis glasses.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Schiano talked down Anthony Davis too.
    Felt he’d never succeed.
    He has a knack for creating division and fracturing relationships.
    If you don’t kiss his a$$, he’ll find a way to discredit you.
    Funny how the medical info got leaked on Freeman huh?
    Schiano wanted him destroyed one way or another.
    Just happy that it cost the Glazers a boatload of money to make him go away.
    Schiano belongs in College.
    Kids will tolerate his schtick and move on.
    Pro’s will just dial it down and go through the motions until the losses bury him.

  30. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow Time in Minniehaha!

    Nah, they’ll enjoy suffering with the status quo.

    Plus, Nate’s available – it’s the offseason for The Venom.

    Neither Tim Terrific nor Nate need coaching on their footwork!

    Foolish they are in the Land of 10 Zillion Mosquitoes.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore is quietly having another great season on track for 1200 plus yards and 12 TDs.
    Some have suggested he a dinosaur and done a couple of years ago.
    Frank is the inconvenient truth
    and has a lot of football left in him as long he avoids injury.
    John Riggins gained over 1200 yds and scored 14 TDs at the age of 35. Both Dorsett and Payton played until they were 34 and were still productive.
    In the 2 losses this season the common denominator as in the past is that frank didn’t get his touches. Frank is the unquestioned leader of this team and the heart and soul and will be until his replacement emerges.
    Gore is a UFA next year. Hopefully he will agree to a cap friendly contract and allow the Niners to ease Lattimore into the position.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It was Frank’s devastating block that sprung Kap for his TD run.
    As far as starting RBs go Frank is as fierce of a blocker as there is and constantly stoning blitzers.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- The first thing I noticed on that Kap run was Frank’s block. I even called a couple of people to point it out.
    For the last few years I been wondering why it is Gore is so good. He isn’t big or fast, he just keeps gaining yards. I’ve always known about his high football IQ but it is more than that. I think I finally figured it out. Fundamentals! He does everything text book, fundamentally. I think he also runs lower than any RB I can remember. Since he doesn’t rely on speed or power I think he can play for a few more productive years, barring injury.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last night the Gnats managed to shut down Adrian Peterson holding him to 29 yards.
    Last night was a exceedingly poor display of football.
    Two gawd awful teams battling in a mediocre fashion.
    Nothing like watching a QB like Freeman who seemed lost playing uninspired horrible football.
    Eli Manning trying to manage his game and avoid throwing more picks. The Gnats down to 6th string RBs and guys signed off the street.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Watching Minihaha play last night reminded me of when Singleneuron was our coach. They tried to run on 8 or more in the box. A lot of 3rd and long situations. They have a QB turnstile going. They look to have settled on an athletic QB with a good arm and bad mechanics. The play calling was dismal. It was just so familiar with pre Harbaugh.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Frank has a lot of intangibles that does not translate into perceived trade value. You’d be lucky to get a 5th round pick for him (similar to what Boldin cost).
    He does the little things that often go unnoticed that leads to success.
    I hope Frank stays as long as he
    can contribute and retires on his own terms.
    In the new stadium you get a giant mural panel if you’ve been a Niner for 10 seasons. Next year will be Frank’s 10th and I hope he get’s his mural as the best Niner back of all time.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Vikes OC is Bill Musgrave.
    Imagine a few season back some people touting him to be the Niner head coach because of his ties to the Niner glory days.
    As Harbaugh would say, Baalke dodged a bullet.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As Skeebs commented earlier Dial is a huge human being. In the video he makes Anthony Davis look
    like his kid brother.
    The rock star on the Niner team in London is Lawrence Okoye.
    But then again he’s the hometown guy.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I want to see Gore as a 10 year 49er too!

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t write the book on Musgrave just yet. Singletary is the asst HC and it looks to me he has much input. I want to see what Freeman’s mechanics look like in a couple of weeks. That will be the first place I’ll judge Musgrave. The play calling can be stymied from above.

  41. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The thing about Dial is, as big as he is he doesn’t look fat. He looks like he can play anywhere on the D-line but mostly he looks like a 3-4 DE, to me.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags have re-signed Michael Robinson because both their FBs are dinged. Will they waive BJ Daniels to make room? I doubt it but stay tuned as they are rumored to be bringing Harvin back as early as this week and somebody has to go to make room.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Caught part of the Stanford game last weekend and liked the name of their jumbo short yardage run formation.
    They called it “Ogre” showing some imagination and humor.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Frank Gore who knew he’s a scout in waiting that doesn’t like to fly?

  45. rtfireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, I didn’t realize how lucky we are!

    We get to watch Josh Freeman on national TV AGAIN this Sunday eve!

    Hosting that cruddy team to the north of them. Maybe the roof will collapse again…

    Woohoo! I just can’t wait!

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Freeman had 15 overthrown passes in that Giants game!

  47. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Freeman is the modern Marc Wilson! Remember the old joke: Reagan should send Marc Wilson to Libya, because he’s the only man who can overthrow Gaddafi. Maybe Freeman can find a gig with the Syrian rebels after his QB days are done.

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If they would teach Freeman to not stand straight legged and point his front foot at the target he would get rid of half of those overthrows. The side arm throwing(low 3/4) is an issue but probably should be left alone until the off season.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    This is the 49th comment!

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – Tell Berger what he’s won!

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A trip to Mars.

  52. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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