Tuesday, December 20, 2011
49ers dominate Steelers on MNF
With the Brees led Saints surging, the 49ers desperately needed a win to maintain the 1st round bye that they had lost last week in disappointing fashion to the Cardinals. Regaining their mojo, the 49ers played a physical, hard-hitting game on both sides of the ball and dominated the matchup of 10-win teams, especially in the 2nd half. Had Pittsburgh won, they would have taken over 1st place in the AFC. What stuck out to me?
- Niners D caused 4 turnovers, including intercepting Big Ben 3 times in key moments.
- Rookie Aldon Smith had 2 1/2 more sacks to add to his season total of to 13, good for 2nd most all-time by a rookie. The record is 14 1/2, set by Jevon Kearse in 1999.
- Still no rushing TDs allowed through 14 games. This is an NFL record - a ridiculous achievement if you think about it.
- Alex Smith was not sacked after being sacked a total of 18 times in the last 3 games.
Niners are at Seattle and St. Louis to finish out the season.