The 49ers are known as a run first, pass second, protect the football kind of team. While they ran the ball with success in the first half, Alex Smith put up career numbers throwing the football in the first half against the Buffalo Bills. Smith threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns on 12/15 passing.
Smith also connected on several deep passes with gains of 53 yards to Vernon Davis, a 43 yard TD to Kyle Williams and a 36 yard TD to Michael Crabtree. Holding penalties negated two other long passes that if they counted, would have potentially put Smith over the 300 yard mark in the first half. Crabtree also had a huge first half with five receptions for 103 yards and a score.
Jim Harbaugh once again broke out the wildcat with Colin Kaepernick who fumbled the ball deep in Bills territory with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. Patrick Willis caused a fumble on the Bills next possession leading to Crabtrees TD reception. The 49ers offense and defense were playing terrific and the 49ers led the Bills by a score of 17-3 at halftime.
The domination continued in the second half as the 49ers drove down the field at will on every possession. Mario Manningham got into the act with his first TD reception of the season. Kaepernick ran for his second TD of the year on a 16 yard run. Chris Culliver picked off Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the third quarter as they were threatening in 49ers territory.
Harbaugh brought in several backup defenders with 9:40 left in the game with the Niners up 38-3. Alex Smiths day was over after the second string defense forced the Bills to punt and Kaepernick saw time as the primary QB for the second straight week.
The 49ers grinded it out with the run game and we got an extended look at Kendall Hunter who was explosive. Anthony Dixon got into the act with a six yard TD run for a 45-3 lead.
This makes two consecutive dominating performances for the 49ers after the upset loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The 49ers have outscored their opponents 79-3 in the last two games.
Finals Score: 49ers 45 Bills 3