The San Francisco 49ers handled their business in Week 7, defeating the Tennessee Titans by a final score of 31-17. The victory moved the 49ers to 5-2 on the season, and they remain a game back of the Seahawks. The 49ers will depart for London directly from Nashville, and look forward to a matchup with the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.
The 49ers played their kind of offensive game with relative ease. Frank Gore was not overly efficient on the ground, but Colin Kaepernick had a bit of a "throw-back" game. We had not seen a ton of scrambling from Kap the last few weeks, but on Sunday, Kap caught the Titans off-guard. He scrambled for his first rushing touchdown of the season on a read-option run. He ended up leading the team in rushing with 64 yards.
More importantly was the effective passing game. Anquan Boldin was the only wide receiver targeted, but Kap put together a strong effort with the help of Boldin, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, Bruce Miller and Vance McDonald. Although the wide receivers are not coming together like we hoped, Kap was able to make plays in the passing game, showing excellent touch.
The final score did not really reflect the 49ers' defensive effort. Chris Johnson had a great catch and run with both starting safeties out of the game. Delanie Walker added a touchdown late, but this game was all 49ers. Jake Locker actually looked decent at times in spite of the knee and hip injuries, but his 326 yards just don't tell us everything. The 49ers were making stops as needed, and were never really threatened.
The 49ers coverage units deserve a mention as stars of the game. They have done great work this season, and they were particularly rewarded with the 49ers final score. Darryl Morris flashed down the line and blew up Darius Reynaud. Kassim Osgood scooped up the fumble in the end zone for the score. Well done, special teams.