Houston quarterback Matt Schaub led the 49ers to a 34-3 trouncing of his very own self Sunday night, throwing three interceptions, one of which was a record setting fourth straight game with a pick six. CB Tramaine Brock was the primary beneficiary with two picks, one of which was the pick six int on the first Texans drive of the game, but reserve D-lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie also snagged one and rumbled a few yards before wisely taking a seat on the turf.
With Schaub setting a torrid pace in his nationally televised career flame out, the 49ers had little to do on offense and little was what they did. Colin Kaepernick completed only six passes for 113 yards, none at all in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, while Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, and four other guys rolled up 177 yards rushing.
The Texans also fumbled away one drive and missed a field goal at the end of another, which many observers interpreted as a sympathy screw up to take some of the spot light off Schaub. A nice gesture of incompetence, but the spot light stayed on. This was, after all, Sunday Night football. There was no way the cameras were going to peel away from the train wreck.
Jerod-Eddie was in the game because stalwart DE Ray McDonald went out with a biceps injury. He’ll be getting an MRI this morning and we’ll all be holding our breath that it isn’t a season ending tear. Losing Ray Mac would be a big blow.
The Indianapolis Colts also did the 49ers a favor Sunday, whipping the previously unbeaten Seahawks. They did it by intercepting Russell Wilson on his final drive where a TD would have won the game. It was a rare failure from Wilson, who had been thriving as a last minute miracle man — mostly by running around madly, and turning twenty yard sacks into amazing first downs. Of course, the best part of his failure was seeing Pete Carroll swallow his gum and weep uncontrollably on the sideline.
The loss put the 49ers and surprising Arizona Cardinals a mere game back in the standings with eleven games left on the calendar. Plenty of time to steal away with yet another division title.
Especially since the team has now weathered the brutal season opening schedule and faces some lesser foes over the next four games, along with a BYE week. By the time they travel to New Orleans in November, there’s a good chance they’ll be 7-2 and have Mario Manningham back to hopefully spark an upswing in the mostly inept passing game we have been enduring so far this year.