Led by Frank Gore’s 207 rushing yards the 49ers are 2-0 after beating the NFC West rival Seahawks 23-10. Gore had rushing touchdowns of 79 and 80 yards and Shaun Hill managed the game with perfection allowing the 49ers to hold onto the lead all game. The 49ers offensive line stepped up compared to last week’s performance but even though Gore had a big day rushing the O-line still gave up four sacks in the game. Right tackle Adam Synder allowed one of those sacks to go along with the three sacks he gave up last week which is a cause for concern. The 49ers do not have much depth on the O-line and the backup is Tony Pashos who recently signed with the Niners. Pashos did come in on a few plays and he gave up one sack. This might be a problem in the future because opponents defenses will exploit the right side of the line if Snyder cannot improve his play. Nevertheless the 49ers got the win and head to Minnesota next.
When you have a running back that rushes for over 200 yards and two long rushing touchdowns the rest of the teams achievements will be overshadowed. The 49ers D continued their physical hitting, knocking Matt Hasselbeck out for the game, and continued their dominance in stopping the run. Last week against the Rams Julius Jones ran for 117 yards but he only managed eight rushing yards against the 49ers D yesterday. Having Hasselbeck out of the game helped the D but you cannot deny the way they have controlled the Cardinals and Seahawks offensive attacks which have shown to be explosive in the past but unable to score or move the football against the 49ers. In two games this season the D has given up 107 rushing yards with no rushing touchdowns. They are going to need to pull off similar feats if not better performances when they face Adrienne Peterson and the Vikings. The 49ers D played well against the pass but it did help with Seneca Wallace under center. D-lineman Ray McDonald had the only sack as the 49ers were pressuring Wallace all day and forced him to throw one interception which was picked off by Dashon Goldson.
Special Teams Does Its Part
Joe Nedney bailed out the offense three times with field goals of 37,42,39 yards after the Niners offense sputtered out after crossing the 50 yard line. Against the better teams in the NFL the 49ers will need to score one or two of those field goals as touchdowns if they want to be considered a playoff caliber team. Teams like the Vikings, Colts, Packers and Eagles whom the 49ers play this season will come back from deficits and pull out the win.
Punter Andy Lee showed why he is one of the best in the NFL. He had six punts yesterday and averaged 46.8 yards on each of them. His best punt came in the second quarter when he dropped the football inside the five yard line which was downed at the four yard line. He had three punts inside the 20 yard line.
Important Win for the 49ers
The last time the 49ers started the season 2-0 was in 2007 and the 49ers went on to lose their next eight games. So, why should this year be any different? The 49ers have confidence that they can beat anyone. It is hard to take that confidence away even with a big loss. As long the two wins do not go to their head beating the Vikings next week is possible. What makes this win so important is that the 49ers beat the two best teams in the division and they were the teams most people picked to win the NFC West. The 49ers have a solid one game lead over both of them which is huge. Nothing can stop the 49ers when they play with the type of confidence they have had in the first two weeks of the season. Don’t expect a string of loses that will negate the first two wins. We have come a long way from the type of team the Red and Gold were back in 2007.
@ Minnesota: Most NFL pundits will say the 49ers 2-0 start is not much to be excited about because of the teams they played. We will see what the defense is really made of as they will try to contain Peterson all day. The Vikings D is one of the best at stopping the run and it will be a great matchup against Gore after he ran wild for 207 rushing yards. If the 49ers are successful in stopping Peterson and are able to score touchdowns and avoid settling for field goals it will show the NFL that the 49ers are for real…easier said than done.
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