Golden Nuggets: Just Run, Baby!

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Monday, October 21, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

Here is a quick rundown of how Gameday #7 went for your San Francisco 49ers:

  • Colin Kaepernick is back to his running ways.
  • Frank Gore keeps running the ball into the end zone.
  • The special teams runs amok in coverage.
  • Jim Harbaugh keeps running his mouth off.
  • The entire team runs off to London.
  • The magic number is 30: In every win this year, the 49ers have scored more than 30 points

It was quite satisfying to see Kaepernick flashing his speed and elusiveness as he high-tailed it into the end zone for only his first, yes first, rushing touchdown this season. Frank Gore did not have another 100-yard rushing day but more than made up for it by scoring twice and constantly squeaking through the Titans defensive line for tough yardage.

Colin Kaepernick Returns to Running Ways (Price)

San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick runs for first touchdown of season (Inman)

Kaepernicking is back: 49ers cruise past Titans, head to London with 4-game win streak (BASG)

Green light to go: Kaepernick, 49ers run past Titans for fourth straight win (Barrows)

Kaepernick uses his legs to lead 49ers to 31-17 win (Branch)

Return of 49ers' read option gives offense balance (Maiocco)

Defense and Special Teams

The defense continued to play solid in denying points to Jake Locker's offense (and NO, I refuse to count those scores in garbage time when most of the bench went in to sub for the starters). Brock with another pick, Reid with some big hits and Brown with sticky coverage that literally got under their skin.

Banged-up 49ers defense gets job done against Titans (Inman)

Young cornerbacks give 49ers a lift (Maiocco)

Props must also go to our special teams coverage unit which has consistently pinned opposing teams deep in their own territory this year. We all know how important field position is to the Niners ball-control strategy. | Morris, Osgood Make Special Teams Highlight (49ers)

Jim Harbaugh, Media Metaphorizing

Not to be outdone, Coach Harbaugh has come up with a few new gems to add to the ever growing Book of Harbaughisms like Gore's "bag of dung", the Titans being good at "lawn-mowering" and today's latest:

Snow Arrows: "They were just playing with fire," Jim Harbaugh said of the special teams. "... And the dream play by Darryl Morris and Kassim Osgood is one you lay awake at night and dream about. It looked like an arrow going through snow."

Game 7 & 8's: "This was Game 7 for us, and we were treating it like Game 7 for us, and we were treating it like Game 7 of the World Series or Game 7 of the Stanley Cup. Now the next game will be Game 8."

Jim Harbaugh: 49ers' Gore can't be hit by 'bag of dung' (NFL)

Niners rout Titans 31-17 for 4th straight victory (Yahoo/AP)

Aldon, Momma's and Other Team Notes

The runaway prodigal son Aldon Smith could not be there in Tennessee, but his mom was and the good news is that he might be back sooner than expected.

Harbaugh: Aldon Smith could rejoin team in ‘next couple weeks' (Branch)

Source: 49ers may meet with Smith during bye week (Maiocco)

Harbaugh: "Aldon Smith's mom was here, that was neat to see." (Cohn)

Bill put a little more effort in this article about how the 49ers have climbed out of their early funk. | 49ers put early adversity behind them (Williamson)

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