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Niners match feat from 1920

San Francisco 49ers fans cheers as Frank Gore celebrates his touchdown during the second quarter of his NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in San Francisco Reuters

The San Francisco 49ers have been playing, in many respects, throwback football in 2011.  And they’ve accomplished something that throws them all the way back to the early days of the league.

According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, the 49ers are the first team since the 1920 Columbus Panhandles to score a rushing touchdown and not allow a rushing touchdown in each of the first seven games of the season.

It’s enough to humble even Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

“They’re just smashing guys,” Hall said. “They’re just bringing it down people’s throats. That’s something we’re going to have to do is stop the run.  We haven’t done a great job over the past couple of weeks.  So we definitely know that’s what they’re going to try to do to us.”

The 6-1 49ers face the Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday, less than three weeks before returning to the area to play the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night, one of two games that day for which we can all be thankful.

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31 Responses to “Niners match feat from 1920”
  1. Soulman45 says: Nov 5, 2011 12:57 PM

    Frist to say
    This is the way most coaches won’t to build their team run the ball and stop the run control the clock less turn overs a great way to win games.

  2. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 5, 2011 1:07 PM

    Hey whaddayaknow? DeAngelo Hall being humble for once?

  3. theysone says: Nov 5, 2011 1:18 PM

    The difference being that the 1920 Columbus Panhandles stunk up the joint. They finished dead last.

    The Niners are on their way to their first playoff appearance in 10 years.

  4. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 5, 2011 1:21 PM

    What a difference 3 weeks has made for the Redskins….after they go 3-5, they go to Miami and they’re probably going to hand the fish their 1st win…..

  5. maxvv says: Nov 5, 2011 1:48 PM

    That is…well, that is actually a pretty incredible stat.

  6. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 5, 2011 2:00 PM

    Not a fan of the 49ers but I love watching Patrick Willis play!

  7. stampede101 says: Nov 5, 2011 2:38 PM

    Please, NFL, oh please let the next expansion team be called the (insert City name here) Panhandles. Epic name.

  8. dontouchmyjunk says: Nov 5, 2011 3:02 PM

    The NFL is a quaterback’s league. When it comes to championships, it always has been.

    Here’s a fact, pft planet, not an opinion:

    Going back over 60 years of NFL play — all the way to 1951, only 3 teams won the championship while also leading the league in rushing:
    1962 – Green Bay Packers with Jim Taylor.
    1992 and 93 Cowboys with Emmitt Smith.

    In 57 of 60 years, having the best rushing team means you don’t win diddly.

    Now, pre-1951, yes, football was defined by running the football and the teams that did won championships. But not since.

    So go ahead and run the ball, 49ers. You will be watching the Super Bowl on TV like everyone else. With Alex Smith as your QB you have zero chance of ever winning anything.

  9. hawks49 says: Nov 5, 2011 3:47 PM

    @dontouchmyjunk

    Yeah, but the top defenses in the league tend to win a lot of Super Bowls. Fact. Which the Niners have.

    Alex is doing well with the plays that are being called. Who cares how many yards the Niners pass for? I think they care about how efficient the offense is and winning games.

    The Niners are scoring a point for every 11 yards they gain… best in the NFL and it’s not even close.

  10. windveil says: Nov 5, 2011 4:04 PM

    @donttouchmyjunk

    Smooth…except the Eagles are leading the league in rushing. Troll somewhere else.

  11. norcalchief says: Nov 5, 2011 4:05 PM

    Alright donttouchmyjunk, I’ll hear out your argument, but it’s a tad flawed. (And if I had the time I would do the research myself) Look this up: how many of those post 1951 championship teams were top 10% of rushing and stopping the run vs. teams that are say…middle 40%? Also what are the same stats for passing?

    Regardless, I think the overall point is that championship teams have an identity. They know it, the opponent knows it, the fans know it; but no one can stop it for 60 straight minutes (thus the championship).

    “Run/stop the run” has been a winner from the word “go”, (and is currently competing with “score big and score often”…see pats, saints, packers et al.)

    Certainly the ’11 niners have found their identity. We’ll see how it plays out.

  12. tedmurph says: Nov 5, 2011 4:33 PM

    Just too much time between the Breeder’s Cup races

  13. funkylovemonkey says: Nov 5, 2011 5:21 PM

    dontouchmyjunk says:
    Nov 5, 2011 3:02 PM
    The NFL is a quaterback’s league. When it comes to championships, it always has been.

    Here’s a fact, pft planet, not an opinion:

    Going back over 60 years of NFL play — all the way to 1951, only 3 teams won the championship while also leading the league in rushing:
    1962 – Green Bay Packers with Jim Taylor.
    1992 and 93 Cowboys with Emmitt Smith.

    ———————————————

    Thank goodness the 49ers are only 7th in rushing this season then, I guess?

    Here’s another fact for you. No Quarterback who has led the league in passing yards has won a Superbowl. Not one. In fact, only four ever even made it all the way to the Superbowl, and all four lost. The only four that made it? Tom Brady 2007, Rich Gannon 2002, Kurt Warner 2001, and Dan Marino 1988. All four lost those years.

    I’m not sure about you, but 3 wins in the superbowl by the leading rushing team is more impressive then no wins by the leading passing team. The truth is that balanced teams with strong defenses win championships. Teams with one dimensional high powered passing games struggle in the playoffs when they meet more balanced teams that are able to slow that passing game down.

  14. funkylovemonkey says: Nov 5, 2011 5:24 PM

    For clarification, that should have been no QB who has led the league in passing yards has also won a Superbowl that same year.

  15. epping16 says: Nov 5, 2011 5:32 PM

    @donttouchmyjunk:

    That would of been a really compelling post if, ya know, the 49ers actually led the league in rushing! Nice try though soldier. lol

  16. TIM says: Nov 5, 2011 5:57 PM

    And of the teams with 5 wins or more,the Niners have had the toughest schedule in the NFL so far !

  17. 9erfan818 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:20 PM

    Just keep running the ball and stopping the run. 9ers will be ok. Alex Smith has been doing a nice job, he doesn’t have the most passing yards obviously . But us 9er fans will take his 9tds to 2 ints ratio anytime. He doesn’t need to carry the team, just play mistake free football. Wasn’t he the same QB that led us to 3 fourth quarter comeback victories this season ? All on road vs Cincy, Phily, and Detroit . Give the man some credit, he didn’t fumble the snap Phillips Rivers style or leads the Nfl in INTS (rivers)… Get off his back and enjoy us in the playoffs

  18. time2speakup says: Nov 5, 2011 6:31 PM

    @epping16:

    From hearing and reading Jim Harbaugh each week, he makes it clear that he could care less whether or not the Niners lead the league in rushing. Or leads in anything other than winning. His weekly mantra, “Be better today than we were yesterday” and “…winning.” He is fixated, and demands of his players and coaches that they be equally fixated on one thing only – the next opponent. Period!
    Stats and/or any hint or comments even bordering on comparisons seem to not sit well with him at all.

  19. freedomispopular says: Nov 5, 2011 8:14 PM

    In related news, Jim Harbaugh is the man.

  20. bossplayer213 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:43 PM

    49ers are the most physical team in the NFC. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio doesn’t get enough credit. We hear about the running game but that defense is a MONSTER.

  21. Little Earthquake says: Nov 5, 2011 8:44 PM

    Not to be confused with the Minnesota Panhandlers, aka Vikings.

  22. 49erlifer says: Nov 5, 2011 10:11 PM

    Keep Hating on the niners honey badger dont care!

  23. buzzbissinger says: Nov 5, 2011 10:20 PM

    Here’s one Raiders fan that feels the 9er’s could be the real deal.

    @donttouchmyjunk: You probably don’t remember this, but Trent Dilfer won a SB, with the Ravens, solid running game, solid defense. If he could do it, I don’t see why Alex Smith can’t.

  24. philtration says: Nov 5, 2011 10:32 PM

    dontouchmyjunk says: Nov 5, 2011 3:02 PM

    The NFL is a quaterback’s league. When it comes to championships, it always has been.

    Here’s a fact, pft planet, not an opinion:

    Going back over 60 years of NFL play — all the way to 1951, only 3 teams won the championship while also leading the league in rushing:
    1962 – Green Bay Packers with Jim Taylor.
    1992 and 93 Cowboys with Emmitt Smith.

    In 57 of 60 years, having the best rushing team means you don’t win diddly.

    Now, pre-1951, yes, football was defined by running the football and the teams that did won championships. But not since.

    So go ahead and run the ball, 49ers. You will be watching the Super Bowl on TV like everyone else. With Alex Smith as your QB you have zero chance of ever winning anything.

    ===============================

    The 1985 Bears lead the league in rushing.
    How did that work out for them?

  25. marcsasharc says: Nov 6, 2011 12:20 AM

    haters finna hate.

    Harbaugh’s building a playoff monster!

  26. cowboyhater says: Nov 6, 2011 12:36 AM

    The skins will show how overrated the 49er’s really are on Sunday.

  27. tatum064 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:49 AM

    The 1985 Bears lead the league in rushing.
    How did that work out for them?

    =================

    A Super Bowl title.

    Only reason it has become a QB’s league, is that defenses cant attack spread formations and the rules favor receivers…as a whole QB’s have regressed , so only the best can react faster than the defense can get to them and quickly get first downs or TDs based on coverage break downs.

  28. goldrush4949 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:49 AM

    Jim Harbaugh is my man crush.

  29. tatum064 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:52 AM

    hawks49 says:
    Nov 5, 2011 3:47 PM
    @dontouchmyjunk

    Yeah, but the top defenses in the league tend to win a lot of Super Bowls. Fact. Which the Niners have.

    Alex is doing well with the plays that are being called. Who cares how many yards the Niners pass for? I think they care about how efficient the offense is and winning games.

    The Niners are scoring a point for every 11 yards they gain… best in the NFL and it’s not even close.

    =======================
    I’d like to add that there is only one team that can really throttle them..the New Orleans Saints, and they got bounced by the Seahawks last season. I might also add that Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers, and they lost 7-6 to the Lions, once he was knocked out. – you must protect the QB, because better passing games will prevail over better defenses, IF the o-line hold s up. T.O. Possession must be mistake-free, and A.Smith is going to make one sooner or later.

  30. snarkzilla says: Nov 6, 2011 6:29 AM

    Dilfer’s D won a Super Bowl. Beat a 12-4 Giants team QB’d by Kerry Collins. So it’s possible. But not very.

  31. jjbadd says: Nov 6, 2011 9:58 AM

    Stats are ok, but I agree with the people on here that say I don’t care about anything except the W at the end of the day. But as far as the 9ers go, I have watched them and stats or no stats, the are well coached, & disciplined, and they believe they can win, and as their record indicates, they are doing it. As a Broncos fan, I am very much envious!

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