For the first time this season, the San Francisco 49ers earned their first winning streak with a 34-3 win over the visiting Houston Texans. The 49ers dominated the Texans all game and their record now stands at 3-2 after the victory.
The Niners defense led the way by forcing four turnovers and converted them into points. Tramaine Brock had a pick-6 on the first series of the game. He put quarterback Matt Schaub in the record books by throwing a pick-6 in four straight games. Brock also had a second interception in the second quarter that led to a touchdown run by Anthony Dixon to give San Francisco a 21-0 lead.
For the second straight game the 49ers defense was not fazed being without linebackers Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith. Willis did not play because of a groin injury. NaVorro Bowman was the leader on defense with 11 tackles and he made his presence felt in the middle of the field. Taking over for Willis, Michael Wilhoite also recorded 11 tackles. Donte Whitner chipped in with three tackles, a forced fumble and recovery in the fourth quarter.
There was one injury suffered by a Niners starter. In the third quarter, defensive tackle Ray McDonald left the game with an injured biceps. His replacement, Tony Jerod-Eddie, had an interception in the third quarter and he finished with one tackle. There was no immediate word on McDonald’s injury.
Colin Kaepernick did not have eye-popping stats, completing only 6-of-15 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown. However, for the second game in a row, Frank Gore and the power running game led the way with 177 total rushing yards. Gore had 81 yards on 17 carries, including one touchdown. Tight end Vernon Davis did not show any lingering symptoms from his hamstring injury as he had three receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.
With the win and the Seattle Seahawks losing for the first time this season, San Francisco is one game behind the lead in the NFC West. Next week, the 49ers will host the Arizona Cardinals.