Behind Colin Kaepernick’s 267 offensive yards and one rushing touchdown, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Tennessee Titans, 31-17, for their fourth win in a row. The Niners offense scored 24 unanswered points to start the game and the defense held the Titans scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Throughout the game, the 49ers were in control. The offense racked up 349 total yards, with Kaepernick throwing for 199 yards and rushing for 68 yards and a TD. Kap was able to gain a lot of his rushing yards with a return of running read-option plays. His 20-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter that put San Francisco up 10-0 was on a read-option call.
Frank Gore ran for 70 yards on 24 carries, but he managed two rushing touchdowns. Both were one yard runs. Gore also had two receptions for 34 yards.
To start the second half the offense had a touchdown drive that took over seven and a half minutes off the game clock. The 12-play, 79-yard drive ended with Gore’s second rushing touchdown and a 24-0 lead. Equally as important, the drive took up half of the third quarter.
Kaepernick and Vernon Davis showed again how in sync they are with the tight end catching four passes for 62 yards. Not to be outdone was Anquan Boldin who made multiple spectacular catches, including a one handed grab on the first touchdown drive. Boldin finished with a team leading five receptions for 74 yards.
Even though San Francisco’s defense surrendered 368 offensive yards to the Titans, they didn’t allow Jake Locker and his offense to get into the red zone until early in the fourth quarter. Locker threw for 326 passing yards and two touchdowns, but the two scores were in the middle and late fourth quarter. His favorite target was receiver Kendall Wright who recorded nine receptions for 98 yards. Chris Johnson was held in check on the ground with 39 rushing yards, but he managed a 66-yard touchdown reception to make the score, 24-10.
In the end, the 49ers won because of great defense, successfully running the football and big plays on special teams. On defense, cornerback Tramaine Brock had an interception in the second quarter that stalled a Titans drive with the score 10-0. Kaepernick and Gore combined for 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Hitting the final nail in the coffin was special team’s player Kassim Osgood recovering a muffed punt in the end zone for a 31-10 lead.
Immediately following the game, the 49ers will be traveling across the pond to London for a Week 8 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After winning their fourth game in a row and scoring 30 or more points in each of the wins, I am sure that will be one festive plan ride.