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Aldon Smith’s two sacks, Colin Kaepernick’s TD lead 49ers to victory

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Heading into a hostile environment in San Francisco, the Miami Dolphins turned in a solid effort on Sunday. But in the end the 49ers were too strong, too physical and too good, and they earned a hard-fought win to stay on top in the NFC West.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn’t make many big plays with his arm, completing 18 of 23 passes for 185 yards. But he didn’t make many mistakes, either, and playing efficiently and effectively was enough on a day when San Francisco’s defense played well. And Kaepernick put the game away by making a big play with his legs, running for a 50-yard touchdown with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.

That defense has been led this season by Aldon Smith, who had two sacks, giving him a league-leading 19.5 on the season and keeping him within striking distance of Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5 sacks in a season. With three games to go, Smith has a good chance of breaking Strahan’s record.

And the 49ers have a good chance of making a lot of noise in the playoffs. If the 49ers win their final three regular-season games they’ll have a first-round playoff bye, and they’ll enter the playoffs with as good a chance as anyone of getting to the Super Bowl.

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36 Responses to “Aldon Smith’s two sacks, Colin Kaepernick’s TD lead 49ers to victory”
  1. cosanostra71 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:08 PM

    Let’s go Niners!

  2. scoops1 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:12 PM

    i really hope Aldon breaks Strahan’s records considering Strahan’s record is a hack cause someone gave him that last sack

  3. oaktown49er says: Dec 9, 2012 7:12 PM

    Too close for comfort but I’ll take the win. These next two weeks will be very tough. Magic # to clinch the division down to 2. Keep the foot on the gas.

  4. boyshole25 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:15 PM

    1 and done maybe in playoffs

  5. joey49er says: Dec 9, 2012 7:16 PM

    Kapp is a better qb than alex period!!!!! aldon proved he should of won rookie of the yr last yr …gooooooooo niners and by the way the 49ers were able to beat the fins unlike seattle

  6. doctorduck21 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:18 PM

    Good clean game by kaepernick and it was nice to see james bring the speed that was missing without hunter or williams in the lineup

  7. blabidibla says: Dec 9, 2012 7:20 PM

    Another pedestr1ian effort from Kaepernick. This guy is NOT a star in the making. PUT ALEX BACK IN!

  8. dirtydrew says: Dec 9, 2012 7:24 PM

    Kap looked good today. It was w weird game, but when it was time, talent took over. Big win in the playoff push. It seems this team needs to be inspired to play well. But when they play well, they dominate. Patties next. Better pack a lunch!

  9. cliffordc05 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:27 PM

    The Niners are simply tough. I look forward to the game in Seattle in two weeks (it should be the Sunday Night game).

  10. eastcoastniner says: Dec 9, 2012 7:27 PM

    scoops1 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:12 PM

    i really hope Aldon breaks Strahan’s records considering Strahan’s record is a hack cause someone gave him that last sack

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    Agreed…..by the name of Bret Favre

  11. mrcogburn says: Dec 9, 2012 7:28 PM

    Unimpressed. You beat the Dolphins, at home. YAWN.

  12. joshm5683 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:32 PM

    With a game against the Cardinals still left on the schedule, I feel the record will fall. Packers are pretty close so I can’t see the Niners resting their starters in the last week.

  13. poridge1214 says: Dec 9, 2012 7:38 PM

    A so-so passing game but not many mistakes made Alex Smith a game manager, but makes Kaepernick a stud? What happened to the laser arm that was supposed to open up the big plays?

  14. kingcrusher says: Dec 9, 2012 7:43 PM

    Good game, both by the D and by Kap (against a weaker team), but I would still feel better (safer) with our chances if Smith were our starter.

  15. KIR says: Dec 9, 2012 7:44 PM

    Alex Smith was a first overall pick busty with a noodle arm for 6.5 years. Now all of a sudden he’s a hall of famer?

    If that’s the case any team needing a qb who has a pro bowl O line, rb, and the best defense in the NFL should consider calling JaMarcuss, laughable!

  16. fxws says: Dec 9, 2012 7:50 PM

    A so-so passing game but not many mistakes made Alex Smith a game manager, but makes Kaepernick a stud? What happened to the laser arm that was supposed to open up the big plays?

    _____

    Kaepernick is not a 7-something-year pro though. He’s still supposed to learn, unlike Alex Smith who’s supposed to be in his prime.

  17. bestcoast7 says: Dec 9, 2012 8:06 PM

    i guess the CK7 haters missed his beautiful bomb to Moss. not his fault Moss didnt catch it or get the obvious PI call. haters finna hate!

  18. theysone says: Dec 9, 2012 8:09 PM

    Aldon Smith is dominant.

    Kaepernick, with 185 passing yards and 0 TDs against the Dolphins…not so much.

    2 straight games (one going 5 quarters) without a passing TD.

    Never thought I’d see the day I was yearning for Alex Smith behind center.

  19. SOBEIT says: Dec 9, 2012 8:29 PM

    Tough battle today. Moss dropping the long bomb…so close. Wanted that for Moss as much as Kaep.

    We need to get back to running the ball more with Gore and now James…that kid has sick wheels. I think we are getting pass and option happy with Kaep. Give the kid some breaks and hand off the ball more and let Gore do damage. Need more N to S running, the sweeps and trick plays work better when used sparingly…Gore, Hunter, James…that is a sick RB core.

    Hats off to Miami…definitely a bright future. Muffed punt really hurt their chances, otherwise it would have been way tooooo close.

    Next couple games will be insane…NE and SEA on the road…WOW!

  20. sixjak says: Dec 9, 2012 8:34 PM

    Ummm had Moss not had an arm bar put on him Kaep would’ve had an impressive TD throw. How the refs missed the PI is…..well at this stage not surprising. Dan the dork Dierdorff was even going on and in about that missed call. Kaep played just fine.

  21. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 9, 2012 8:40 PM

    If the Dolphins were any good at all. Not very good. Just a little, tiny, teensy weensy bit good. If just ONE guy on the team had just ONE talented bone in their body…..

    Would have won today. Would have won last week vs NE.

    If only we had a player like, say, Brandon Marshall; the Dolphins would have beaten that team they played today and the one they played last week.

  22. phinfan says: Dec 9, 2012 8:53 PM

    Hats off to the refs they made this game good. Glad to see the refs wear red & gold not black & white…

  23. eastcoastniner says: Dec 9, 2012 8:57 PM

    phinfan says: Dec 9, 2012 8:53 PM

    Hats off to the refs they made this game good. Glad to see the refs wear red & gold not black & white…

    ———-

    Take the loss like a man and quit crying.

  24. goldrush36 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:06 PM

    phinfan says: Dec 9, 2012 8:53 PM

    Hats off to the refs they made this game good. Glad to see the refs wear red & gold not black & white
    _____________________________________
    Please do explain. Was that during the 60 yd bomb to Moss where there was no PI call for a Randy Couture inspired armbar? He literally had ahold of his arm for 20 yds. How about the non call when Lee got leveled? Irrelevant due to your butterfingers return man, but nonetheless it wasn’t called. Oh wait that’s right.. it MUST be because the 49ers got flagged more right?

  25. sixjak says: Dec 9, 2012 9:12 PM

    Thank you goldrush36

  26. eventhorizon04 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:43 PM

    I’m just asking for consistency – now that 49′ers fans agree it’s weak for fans to complain about the referees, I’d love to hear some 49′er fans hold their coach to the same standards they hold other fans.

    Seahawks-49′ers rematch in 2 weeks. I hope Harbaugh takes that future loss like a man and doesn’t complain about referees.

  27. goldrush36 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:53 PM

    eventhorizon04 says: Dec 9, 2012 9:43 PM

    I’m just asking for consistency – now that 49′ers fans agree it’s weak for fans to complain about the referees, I’d love to hear some 49′er fans hold their coach to the same standards they hold other fans.

    Seahawks-49′ers rematch in 2 weeks. I hope Harbaugh takes that future loss like a man and doesn’t complain about referees.
    _____________________________________

    Yeah except your win* over Green Bay DID happen because of the refs.. so move on outta here with that nonsense weak beak

  28. zillabeast says: Dec 9, 2012 11:07 PM

    Anyone who says the 49ers’ chances are better with Alex Smith are absolutely insane. Check yourself into a crazy house right now. San Francisco would have lost a game like today’s with Smith under center.

  29. mrcogburn says: Dec 9, 2012 11:34 PM

    This team will die a quick death in the playoffs.

  30. finsphan says: Dec 9, 2012 11:49 PM

    Tebow effect for kap, come in, play a bunch of bad teams and look ok, get in the playoffs and be in over his head and lose the game. I had niners in sb, but with Alex out I have them losing in the first round.

  31. bestcoast7 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:07 AM

    but with Smith under center you have them winning a Super Bowl, right?

    LMAO.

  32. eventhorizon04 says: Dec 10, 2012 12:20 AM

    “Yeah except your win* over Green Bay DID happen because of the refs.. so move on outta here with that nonsense weak beak”

    I specifically mentioned Harbaugh’s reputation for complaining the referees.

    You guys seem to think it’s weak for fans to complain about referees, but your coach does it all the time

    Simple enough to understand?

  33. bestcoast7 says: Dec 10, 2012 1:51 AM

    coaches are supposed to lobby for their team. what is with the argument that Harbaugh is a whiner? is Bellichick a whiner? Tomlin? Coughlin? these guys are always talking to officials. if your coach isnt arguing with officials then your coach is probably not very good. fans to blame their losses on refs is a joke and i dont think any of those coaches have blamed losses on refs before.

  34. rd3777 says: Dec 10, 2012 2:21 AM

    Thank god Kaep is not Smith. All u Alex lovers will eat charred crow next week.

  35. mrgrant23 says: Dec 10, 2012 3:44 AM

    So Kaepernick had one deep ball pass and one run, the rest of the game was horrible! He had ZERO third down completions at half time and only 2 in the whole game!!! Wow! Some talent kaepernick fans!! He can run! He can throw hard! He is superman! Open your eyes people! He played just as bad today as last week, if it was not for special teams we would have never got the momentum or moral to win! So your excuse is it was a WEIRD game? I don’t understand all the excuses you can make for this kid!! He has had ZERO touchdowns in the last 7 quarters of football!!! I done being nice kaepernick fans are stupid! I will support this kid when he is ready and he is NOT ready! He will be ready in 2 years probably. Put Alex back in!!!

  36. dutchhmaster says: Dec 10, 2012 2:27 PM

    goldrush36 says:
    Dec 9, 2012 9:06 PM
    phinfan says: Dec 9, 2012 8:53 PM

    Hats off to the refs they made this game good. Glad to see the refs wear red & gold not black & white
    _____________________________________
    Please do explain. Was that during the 60 yd bomb to Moss where there was no PI call for a Randy Couture inspired armbar? He literally had ahold of his arm for 20 yds. How about the non call when Lee got leveled? Irrelevant due to your butterfingers return man, but nonetheless it wasn’t called. Oh wait that’s right.. it MUST be because the 49ers got flagged more right?
    _____________________________________
    I’m not going to blame this loss on the refs, but let’s be real here. The Niners certainly did benefit on a few penalties called against the Dolphins and a few non-calls. First of all, you’re acting as if Randy Moss was mugged. The DB was barely touching Moss’ arm down the field. That’s usually a toss up considering the inconsistency that is NFL officiating. Sean Smith’s pass interference on 4th and 1 was a bad call, and let’s not forget about what should have been a PI on a deep ball to Hartline. And what about the guy (Justin Smith I believe) that shoved Incognito in the back away from the play.

    The Dolphins would have lost and it probably would have still been by 14, but if anything, SF benefited from the lackluster officiating more than Miami.

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