Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Get to know the San Francisco 49ers
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Remember when everyone was asking what was wrong with the San Francisco 49ers?
It was exactly a month ago, after they lost 27-7 to the Indianapolis Colts at home and dropped to 1-2. They had scored a total of 10 points in back-to-back losses and were beaten by a combined margin of 46 points.
The answer, it turns out, was nothing.
The 49ers have won four consecutive games since then by an average of 20.3 points. They haven’t scored fewer than 31 points or given up more than 20 in any of those games, either.
RB Frank Gore: He’s fourth in the NFL in rushing (547 yards) and tied for fifth with five rushing touchdowns. However, he tops the NFL with seven runs of 20 or more yards. Only two other people have more than four: Terrelle Pryor and Alfred Morris each have five.
TE Vernon Davis: Davis missed time with a hamstring injury but has still caught 26 passes for 466 yards and six touchdowns. He’s averaging a team-best 17.9 yards per reception, too, which shows just how much of a downfield threat he has been this season. He has eight catches of 20 or more yards, including a 64-yarder.
QB Colin Kaepernick: Kaepernick has unofficially been a quarterback for a full season, having started the 49ers’ last 17 games (including postseason). When he hasn’t played well, the 49ers haven’t won. He has eight touchdown passes and one interception in the five victories and no touchdown passes and four interceptions in the two losses.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON DEFENSE
LB NaVorro Bowman: He leads the team with 59 tackles and also has two sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He has been the 49ers’ most consistent defensive player this season, especially with defensive end Aldon Smith out and linebacker Patrick Willis also missing time with an injury.
LB Patrick Willis: He’s a turnover-causing machine, having forced 15 fumbles and intercepting seven passes in his career.
S Eric Reid: Reid is one of the candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The No. 18 overall selection has knocked down five passes and intercepted three.
Defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye, who is out for the season with a knee injury, is the British record holder in the discus and represented the United Kingdom in the 2012 summer Olympics. ... San Francisco has forced 12 turnovers during its four-game winning streak and has scored points off each one: eight touchdowns and four field goals. ... Kaepernick had a total QBR of 99.0 against Tennessee last Sunday. That’s one point shy of a perfect rating and the highest mark by any quarterback this season. ... The 49ers and Jaguars haven’t played since 2009, which was the 49ers’ lone victory in the series (20-3 in Candlestick Park). ... The team flew directly to London immediately after their victory over Tennessee in Nashville.