San Francisco showed last week that their offense could produce for them. Their game vs. the Bills, however, made week 4 against the Jets look like practice.
The San Francisco 49ers trampled all over the Buffalo Bills on the way to a 45-3 victory at Candlestick. The 49ers now improve to 4-1 while the Bills fall under .500 and are 2-3. Everything was clicking for the 49ers as the running game was in high form along with the passing attack led by QB Alex Smith. The 49ers offense run by offensive coordinator Greg Roman had a franchise record 621 total yards on offense and this from a team that has had the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young.
“I’m not a big statistical guy, don’t get caught up in it,” Roman said. “But at the same time, just in the normal course of events to be able to throw up that kind of production, obviously we’re doing something right.”
If not for some bad penalties made in the first half, they could’ve had even more yards and points for that matter.
Alex Smith had one of his best performances as an NFL Quarterback. He dominated the first half with 237 passing yards and 2 TD passes. He went 18/24 for 303 passing yards and 3 TD passes in his win over the Bills. His QB Rating on the day was near perfect with 156.2 rating.
“Very cool,” Smith said. “When you think of the 49ers, you think of great offense.”
After a Bills FG tied the game in the 2nd quarter, Alex Smith made two big passing plays: one to Michael Crabtree for 36 yards and the other a back shoulder pass to Kyle Williams who managed to score for a 43 yard TD. After a Buffalo fumble with 29 seconds left in the 1st half, Smith made a 28 yard TD pass to Michael Crabtree to put the 49ers up by 14. It was Crabtree’s first TD reception of the season.
The receivers were definitely not dropping a lot of balls in this one. Both Michael Crabtree and TE Vernon Davis had over a 100 yards of receiving yards apiece. Crabtree had 6 catches for 113 yards and that one TD catch while Davis had 5 catches for 106 yards.
Of course the ground game of the 49ers came into effect. The team had a total of 311 yards on the ground in 38 attempts. Frank Gore had his share of yards with 104 rushing yards in 14 carries and a one yard TD run coming in the early part of the 3rd quarter.
The rest of the rushing attack had 6 other guys not named Gore making huge rushing plays. Kendall Hunter got his carries running the ball 11 times for 81 yards and getting some crucial 1st downs. Also Colin Kaepernick ran some of those”mixers.” While he did fumble the ball for the 49ers only turnover, Kaepernick did run for 39 yards and a 16 yard rushing TD late in the game when they were just tacking on points. Kaepernick actually ran the offense for the 49ers last offensive possession.
While Alex Smith and the 49ers moved the ball at will, the Bills offense struggled to get anything done. The drive where they scored their one FG and their only points of the game, they looked like they were getting a groove together until it ended on a drop pass to Donald Jones. After that, they were basically out of it while the 49ers offense found a rhythm that couldn’t be stopped.
While the 49ers set a yards record, the Bills had only 204 total offensive yards, roughly a third the production the 49ers were showcasing. A huge reason for that was the 49ers defense which fared superbly against Buffalo.
“Defense hold them to three points is great,” QB Alex Smith of his team’s defensive performance. “When you give up 3 points in two weeks its incredible…”
The Bills had another chance at some points in the 3rd quarter as they were parked right outside of the redzone. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an under thrown ball to Donald Jones near the endzone which was picked off by 49ers CB Chris Culliver. Fitzpatrick went 16/26 with 126 passing yards and the one pick.
The running game for the Bills was almost a nonfactor as well. Their biggest run of the day was from Brad Smith for a 35 yard run from the Wildcat in the 3rd. Neither Fred Jackson or C.J. Spiller had 35 yards total. Jackson and Spiller ran the ball a combined 16 times for 53 yards. That’s about 3.3 yards a carry. Another rushing attack stifled by that San Francisco Defense.
This week 5 win over the Bills just shows what the 49ers can accomplish when both sides of the ball are clicking at the same time. It also marks the 1st time in NFL history that a team has had at least 300 yards in passing (310) and rushing (311) in the same game. Truly a historic win for the 49ers.
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Written by Daniel Trucios