After an ugly first half by the 49ers that saw them down 3-0 to the Bengals they were able to edge out a win on the road thanks to a Kendall Hunter Touchdown run and 2 late Interceptions by the defense.
The 49ers opened up with a pass heavy offense that went no where quick in the first half. Behind a shaky OL 49ers Quarterback Alex Smith saw alot of pressure all day long and settled for many short check down passes. Both teams produced little more than punts in a boring first half. Frank Gore once again had struggled in the running game producing just 42 yards on 17 carries and later gave way to Kendall Hunter who provided the go ahead TD run after a key Carlos Rogers Interception gave the 49ers the momentum for good.
The 49ers pass defense looked headed for a long day during the Bengals first offensive possession when QB Andy Dalton carved up the 49ers and lead the team to it’s only points of the first half. The team quickly tightened up and showed why they are the #1 ranked rush D in the NFL this season holding the Bengals to just 79 yards rushing on the day. The pass defense came up big also with several passes defended and 2 big Interceptions in the 2nd half. Ray MacDonald had another outstanding day getting pressure on the QB, the entire front 7 had another fabulous game overall.
The offense opened up looking to pass early and often as QB Alex Smith attempted a season high 30 passes. The offensiveline had many blunders on the day mostly by Right Guard Chilo Rachal who was later replace by Adam Snyder and RT Anthony Davis. Vernon Davis had a huge day for the offense pulling in 8 passes for 114 yards. Michael Crabtree had an up and down day credited with 3 catches for 24 yards he was robbed of 1 more big catch he made at the back of the end zone that was later called back. Crabtree rose up high and pulled down the pass in traffic at the back of the end zone, it was later ruled that he had stepped out of bounds therefore by rule couldn’t be the next person to touch the ball. However after review it showed that Crabtree never stepped out of bounds and should have been credited for the TD.
Overall the 49ers defense played great football and the special teams turned in yet another very good performance as well. While the offense struggled in the first half progress was made. The playcalling for one was far more agressive than we’ve seen this season, Vernon Davis had a season’s best game, Kendall Hunter made his first big impact on the game, the returns of Dashon Goldson and Shawtae Spencer seemed to help the defense and we won the game.