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49ers rolling over Browns

San Francisco 49ers Gore celebrates with tight end Walker after Gore scored a touchdown during the second quarter of their NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in San Francisc Reuters

The bye week didn’t do much to slow down the 49ers.

It took exactly two plays for them to establish themselves in their matchup with the Browns. Ahmad Brooks blitzed on Cleveland’s first pass play and forced a fumble while sacking Colt McCoy. Isaac Soporaga fell on the football, setting the 49ers up in the red zone less than a minute into the game. Another Browns mistake — pass interference on Joe Haden — put the 49ers on the doorstep and Frank Gore punched it in for a touchdown.

Gore appeared to have another touchdown in the second quarter, but a booth review ruled he was down on the half-yard line. Gore again looked like he got into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the one, but the refs ruled him down and a Jim Harbaugh challenge didn’t work as the play was upheld. That was just about the only time in the half that Gore had problems picking up yards. He finished the half with 103 yards on 19 carries and Kendall Hunter added 30 yards on a couple of carries.

Throw in a defense that’s allowed only 93 yards and it feels like a game that the Niners should be winning by a lot more than 17-3. Not that 14 points isn’t a sizable lead, mind you, it just feels like the home team is up by three or four touchdowns based on how big a gap there appears to be between the two teams through this point in the game.

The Browns did plenty to help the 49ers to their lead. The aforementioned mistakes were joined by two other fumbles, both of which the Browns recovered but not before they stalled any offensive momentum that the team was trying to build. In a somewhat interesting development, Chris Ogbonnaya has gotten the majority of the snaps at tailback over Montario Hardesty in Peyton Hillis‘ absence. Neither man has been able to do much against the 49ers defense, but it seems worth noting that Hardesty, the subject of much buzz in the preseason, hasn’t been able to hold onto the job.

The 49ers have now outscored their opposition 65-6 in their last six quarters at Candlestick park. That’s an awful lot for the Browns to overcome.

UPDATE: The Browns have announced that Hardesty has a calf injury. His return is questionable.

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13 Responses to “49ers rolling over Browns”
  1. frankgarrett says: Oct 30, 2011 5:50 PM

    crazy to say this .. 49ers at gb for the nfc title ? will see. Ravens, Giants,Saints makes me rethink about them

  2. mikehockhurtz says: Oct 30, 2011 5:51 PM

    The 49ers are gonna be team nobody wants to face in the playoffs…excluding Green Bay

  3. raqaiw says: Oct 30, 2011 5:53 PM

    Can’t wait for the Har-Bowl in Baltimore on Thanksgiving.

  4. zillabeast says: Oct 30, 2011 6:03 PM

    Smith-Rodgers destined for a showdown

  5. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 30, 2011 6:08 PM

    It took exactly two plays for them to establish themselves in their matchup with the Browns. Ahmad Brooks blitzed on Cleveland’s first pass play and forced a fumble while sacking Colt McCoy. Isaac Soporaga fell on the football, setting the 49ers up in the red zone less than a minute into the game. Another Browns mistake — pass interference on Joe Haden — put the 49ers on the doorstep and Frank Gore punched it in for a touchdown.
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    That sounds like three plays to me.

  6. Gordon says: Oct 30, 2011 6:11 PM

    I think this recent fad of having a guru run your football operations is going to come to an abrupt end after Holmgren gets canned.

  7. marjax says: Oct 30, 2011 6:31 PM

    FWIW, that was a pretty weak PI call on Haden. They didn’t show any looks on tv that warranted a flag.

    Holmren isn’t getting canned. You can’t expect a young and struggling offense to do anything when half their players are hurt.

    Gore has only had about 3 or 4 good runs, and all of those came outside the tackles. The defense has done a fairly decent job, especially since halftime.

  8. 4evrnyt says: Oct 30, 2011 6:41 PM

    It’s a little early, how unprofessional to let these kinds of posts get made when a game is only a two touchdown difference and not even at the 4th quarter.

  9. howley1 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:20 PM

    The Cowboys aren’t scared of them. Beat ‘em without Dez, Newman and Scandrick. And Romo with broken ribs and a punctured lung. At Candlestick Park.

  10. 4t9er says: Oct 30, 2011 7:27 PM

    I’m just glad we won. Good job Cleveland, you need an offense that is as strong as your defense.

  11. taco87 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:48 PM

    6-1 hope the team enjoys the win tonight and goes back to work tomorrow and gets ready to go stomp the redskins.

  12. larrydavidstern says: Oct 30, 2011 7:52 PM

    That PI call on Haden was just awful! These PI calls are getting out of hand!

  13. taco87 says: Oct 30, 2011 7:59 PM

    You could clearly see on the replay Haden was all over him arm hooked around crabtrees back and taking him down for leverage to get the ball so browns fans need to stop crying.

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