49ers 35 - Rams 0: Post-game notes

The 49ers send out post-game notes following some of their games.  Given the nature of today's win, there are a lot of random facts and figures worth looking at.  The defense in particular put up a performance we haven't seen in a LONG time by a 49ers defense.  It was about as complete a team defensive effort as you'll ever see.  They mixed in sacks with turnovers and touchdowns, a hallmark of great defenses.  It's still to be determined how good this defense is (it was the same ol sorry Rams), but they're certainly doing the little things that lead to a high defensive ranking at the end of the season.

After the jump, I've copied over a variety notes from the game...

Top Of The NFC West

  • The 49ers improved their record to 3-0 in the NFC West with today’s 35-0 win over the Rams. The last time the team started 3-0 in the division was in 2002. The 49ers finished with a 10-6 record and won the NFC West that year.

Winning Streak At The Stick

  • The 49ers have won 5 straight games at home dating back to last season.

Shutting ‘Em Out

  • Today marked the first 49ers shutout since January 6, 2002 at New Orleans, 38-0. The last home shut out  came vs. Miami (12/16/01), 21-0.
  • This marked the 7th time that the 49ers shut out the Rams, the first since September 8, 1996 (34-0) in San Francisco.

Non-Offensive Touchdowns

  • Today marked the first time the 49ers scored 3 non-offensive touchdowns in a game since December 11, 1966 vs. Chicago.

Greatest Margin Of Victory

  • The 35-point margin of victory was the 49ers biggest margin since December 7, 2003, vs. Arizona, (50-14, a 36-point differential).

The Chains Aren’t Moving

  • The 49ers defense held the Rams to only 9 first downs. That is the fewest first downs allowed since September 7, 2003 vs. Chicago (8).
  • It marked the second time this season the 49ers defense allowed just 1 rushing first down (at Arizona).

No Yards To Gain

  • The 177 yards allowed by the 49ers defense are the fewest allowed since September 7, 2002, in a 49-7 win vs. Chicago (127 yards allowed).
  • The 49ers defense also held the Rams to only 82 yards passing. This marks the fewest passing yards allowed in a game since November 13, 2005, at Chicago (69).

Second Half Scoring

  • The 28 points scored in the second-half are tied for the most points in the second half by the 49ers since 1991. The 49ers scored 28 points in the second half vs. St. Louis (12/27/98) and at San Diego (12/3/00).

Scoring In All Three Phases

  • Today is the first time the 49ers have posted a touchdown on special teams, offense and defense in the same game since 11/10/97, in a 24-12 win at Philadelphia.

Today’s Touchdowns

  • Offense: 13-yard touchdown pass to TE Vernon Davis from QB Shaun Hill and a 24-yard touchdown pass to WR Josh Morgan from Hill.
  • Defense: 23-yard interception return for a touchdown by LB Patrick Willis and an 11-yard fumble recovery return by DT Ray McDonald.
  • Special Teams: Fumble recovery in the end zone on a muffed punt by LB Scott McKillop.

Two Defensive Touchdowns

  • The last time the 49ers scored two defensive touchdowns in the same game was on October 2, 2005 vs. Arizona (at Mexico City). LB Derek Smith recovered a fumble in the end zone and CB Derrick Johnson recovered a fumble and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.

King Of The Hill At Home

  • QB Shaun Hill improved his record to 7-0 in Candlestick Park as a starter.

Taking It To The House

  • LB Patrick Willis intercepted Rams QB Kyle Boller in the third quarter and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. It is the 3rd career interception for Willis and the second he returned for a touchdown (at Seattle, 9/10/08).

Fumble Recovery For A Touchdown

  • DT Ray McDonald recovered a fumble by Boller and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown. It marked the first career fumble recovery and touchdown for McDonald. It also marked the first fumble recovery for a touchdown by the 49ers since 11/25/07 at Arizona (Tully Banta-Cain recovered a QB Kurt Warner fumble in the end zone).

Bringing A Sack Lunch

  • The 5 sacks registered by the 49ers defense are the most since October 5, 2008, vs. New England (5).
  • LB Patrick Willis registered a career-high 2.5 sacks. It also marked the second time he notched more than one sack in a game (2.0 vs. Tampa Bay, 12/23/07).
  • The 2.5 sacks by Willis are the most by a 49ers linebacker since LB Julian Peterson notched 2.5 sacks vs. St. Louis (9/11/05).
  • LB Takeo Spikes sacked Boller in the second quarter for his first sack of the season. It was Spikes’ 24.5 career sack and his first since December 21, 2008 at St. Louis.
  • LB Manny Lawson and Willis combined to bring down Bulger on the Rams first possession in the third quarter. It marked the first sack of the season for Lawson.
  • S Dashon Goldson notched his first career sack in the fourth quarter.

Savvy Special Teams

  • LB Scott McKillop recovered a muffed punt by Rams CB Quincy Butler in the end zone in the second quarter. It was McKillop’s 1st career touchdown.
  • McKillop’s touchdown marked the second consecutive week that the special teams unit registered a touchdown. The last time the 49ers recorded special teams touchdowns in two consecutive games was vs. Philadelphia (10/12/08) and at N.Y. Giants (10/19/08).

Tight Connection

  • QB Shaun Hill and TE Vernon Davis connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. It was Davis’ third touchdown reception of the season and the fourth touchdown pass for Hill.

Morgan-Hill

  • WR Josh Morgan was on the receiving end of a 24-yard touchdown strike from Hill at the start of the fourth quarter. It is Morgan’s 4th career touchdown and first this season.

Long Run For Walker

  • TE Delanie Walker recorded a career-long 16-yard run in the third quarter.

First Career Start

  • RB Glen Coffee made his first career start and rushed for 74 yards on 24 carries and led the team with four receptions for 32 yards.

Pink Shoes

  • QB Shaun Hill, WR Jason Hill and LB Takeo Spikes all donned pink cleats today for Breast Cancer Awareness. Numerous players also sported pink gloves and wristbands.

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