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Late Bills turnover looms large as 49ers lead 17-3 at half

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The biggest play on the stat sheet in the first half of the Bills-49ers game in San Francisco is Alex Smith’s 43-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Williams.

If not for penalties, there would be several others. There was a 21-yard pass to Vernon Davis wiped out by a holding call, a 41-yarder to Michael Crabtree erased by an illegal chop block and, most painfully for the Bills, an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Leodis McKelvin nullified by a hold during the return. All the yellow laundry has helped keep the scoring low and, even with that McKelvin play wiped out, that helped keep the Bills in the game for most of the first half.

The Niners have outgained them by nearly 200 yards — 320 to 124 — and they seem to constantly be on the verge of scoring. As long as they weren’t putting points on the board, the Bills still had a chance to turn the game with one big play.

Their inability to take advantage of an opportunity handed to them by the Niners might have taken that chance away. The 49ers got creative with Colin Kapernick taking a reverse from Smith after lining up as a wide receiver and then coughing up the ball after a hit by safety George Wilson. That killed a drive that was making its way into the red zone with just under a minute to play and seemed to assure that the score would remain 10-3 49ers when the teams headed to the locker room.

The Bills decided to try to move the ball in scoring position, though, and tight end Scott Chandler fumbled after a hit by Patrick Willis, who has played very well, and the 49ers scored again on a 28-yard pass from Smith to Crabtree to open up a 17-3 lead. That score is more indicative of how one-sided the game has been and could point to a 4-1 start for the Niners.

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14 Responses to “Late Bills turnover looms large as 49ers lead 17-3 at half”
  1. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Oct 7, 2012 5:55 PM

    I am scouting this game because the cards play the Bills next and Super mario hasn’t created any pressure, bills getting torched and they leave alex smith with lots of time. So far this game i’m worring about the niners not the bills.

  2. catquick says: Oct 7, 2012 6:15 PM

    This is the worst Bills defense in years

  3. yanksbills says: Oct 7, 2012 6:18 PM

    Another gem happening courtesy of the Bad News Bills.

    I’m so glad we doubled down on Fitzpatrick. If there is a god please make it stop raining in Baltimore so I can watch the Yankees instead.

  4. goldrush36 says: Oct 7, 2012 6:23 PM

    After watching Miami and Rams games I wouldn’t be looking ahead if I’m the cards… ijs

  5. ndirish10 says: Oct 7, 2012 6:31 PM

    What is wrong with these announcers? Why do they call it a wildcat formation every-time Kapernick is at QB? It is not a Wildcat formation!!! So efen annoying. Wildcat is when QB is lined up as a receiver and the running-back takes direct shotgun snap.

  6. billsboy88 says: Oct 7, 2012 6:37 PM

    I’m having a hard time describing how disappointed I am in these Bills. The defense is completely lost, the team is emotionless and Fitz looks so bad it’s hard to watch. I actually laughed at his last pick, I’ve seen high schoolers with better arms.

    The contrast is amazing. Harbaugh is a fireball on the sidelines and Gailey is so pedestrian you might think he’s an equipment manager.

    I’ve known for a while, but this game should make it clear to anyone with a pulse that it’s time for both Chan and Fitz to go.

    Geno Smith and anyone else 2013

  7. yanksbills says: Oct 7, 2012 6:41 PM

    This season can’t end soon enough.

  8. discosucs2005 says: Oct 7, 2012 6:44 PM

    @ndirish10

    They are calling it a WildKap, which is a joke. Although I heard them say Wildcat once, which is wrong.

  9. yanksbills says: Oct 7, 2012 7:02 PM

    People need to be fired tonight.

  10. ndirish10 says: Oct 7, 2012 7:04 PM

    discosucs2005,

    They just did it again, for the Kapernick score. It was a read option play. It is just annoying hearing it every single time Kapernick is in. Fine if they call it wildkap, but damn, its not just these announcers. Go Niners!!!

  11. timbertech says: Oct 7, 2012 7:15 PM

    Wish we could play east coast teams every week…go SF!

  12. jpmelon says: Oct 7, 2012 7:16 PM

    Anyone with a brain would have predicted a Bills loss here, but as a fan, it’s brutal to watch.

  13. yanksbills says: Oct 7, 2012 7:36 PM

    That was actually the Buffalo Bulls from the University of Buffalo, playing the Niners today.

    Totally not fair.

  14. discosucs2005 says: Oct 7, 2012 8:00 PM

    @ndirish10

    I don’t like it because calling it a wildcat when Kap is on the field makes it seem like he’s the same as Tebow. Tebow is only capable of running a wildcat; Kap is an actual QB who comes in for weird plays because we have a viable starter.

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