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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Niners' offense establishing identity

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers are an effective running team even when their per-carry average lags. That was one lasting impression after watching their offense control the ball for nearly 40 minutes during a 24-14 victory over the Jets in Week 14.

The 49ers' first possession began with center Eric Heitmann putting Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins on his back. I can't recall seeing that happen in the three or four Jets games I've watched this season. Frank Gore gained only 2 yards on the play, but the 49ers proved early that they would match the Jets in terms of being physical.

I'll list a few observations after making available for download this expanded look at the 49ers' production across personnel groups, situations and formations:

I've also had a chance to look at the Cardinals' offense against the Rams. More on that as the afternoon progresses.