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49ers Defeat Browns 20-10: Notable Stats And Performances

The San Francisco 49ers held on to grab a 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns and now stand 6-1 on the season. It is their best start since 1998 and the team's five game winning streak since 2001.

As would be expected with another win in the books, there are plenty of notable statistics. Add in receptions by Isaac Sopoaga and Joe Staley and it is all the more crazy. Staley's reception tied Guy McIntyre for the longest reception by a 49ers offensive lineman. Sopoaga's 18-yard reception gave him the third most receiving yards in a game by a defensive lineman since 1996. Former Bills defensive lineman Ryan Denney has a pair of 19-yard receptions in his career.

The most "serious" stats revolve around Frank Gore moving past Roger Craig. He became the first player on the season to rush for 125 or more yards in four games this season. Gore also equaled his career high of 31 carries, first set against the Denver Broncos in 2006.

Head after the jump to check out all the notable stats. The formatting was a little funky in the 49ers email but it should be easy to follow.

  • San Francisco improved to 6-1 for the first time since 1998 and recorded their first five-game winning streak since 2001.
  • The 49ers went undefeated in the month of October for the first time since 1997.
  • San Francisco earned a victory after a Bye week for the 2nd consecutive season, marking the first time since 2002-03 that the team won a game after a Bye in back-to-back seasons.
  • San Francisco snapped a 3-game losing skid to the Browns and earned a victory for the first time since winning 20-17 on Oct. 28, 1990.
  • Jim Harbaugh improved to 2-0 vs. the AFC North Division in 2011.

Gaining Yards

·         The 49ers offense tallied 253 yds. in the 1st half, which are the most net yds. gained by the 49ers in the 1st half this season. It also is the 2nd highest total in either half this season (10/2 - 289 yds. at Phi.).

Run Defense Continues Streak

·         The 49ers run defense has not allowed a 100-yd. rusher in the last 29 games, which marks the longest active streak in the NFL. Since the start of the 2000 season, the 49ers streak of 29 games without allowing a 100-yd rusher ranks t-5th.

Continuing the Qwest

·         With 134 rushing yds. on the day, RB Frank Gore moved into 2nd place in franchise history for rushing yds., passing RB Roger Craig (7,064).

·         Gore's 134 rushing yds. put him over the 7,000 yd. mark, becoming just the 3rd running back in franchise history to obtain that feat (Joe Perry - 7,344 yds., Frank Gore - 7,089 yds. and Roger Craig - 7,064 yds.).

·         With 134 rushing yds. on the day, Gore has hit the century mark in 4 consecutive games for the first time in his career.

·         Gore totaled 31 carries vs. Cle., improving the 49ers record to 24-6 when he has 20 or more carries and 15-0 when he has 24 or more carries. The 31 carries marked a career high.

·         RB Frank Gore scored his 5th rushing TD of the season on a 5-yd. rush, the 40th of his career.

·         Gore's TD marked the 1st time in his career that he scored a rushing TD in 4 consecutive games.

·         Gore tallied 103 rush. yds. in the 1st half, marking the 6th time in his career that he has hit the century mark in the 1st half. It is the 9th time in his career he had 100 rush. yds. in either half.

·         Gore is the only player in the NFL to record 4 games of 125 rushing yds. or more this season.

In Good Hands

·         Left tackle Joe Staley hauled in the first reception of his career, taking it for a 17-yd. gain. Staley is the 1st 49ers offensive lineman to have a reception since C/G Chris Dalman (11/20/95 at Mia.). The 17-yd. recept. ties G Guy McIntyre for the longest recept. by an offensive lineman in franchise history (17 yds. on 9/18/88 vs. Atl.).

·         According to, Joe Staley's 17-yard reception was the longest by an offensive lineman since 2006 (Arizona G Fred Wakefield 19-yard reception from QB Kurt Warner, 12/24/06 at SF). The reception also marked the 3rd longest by an offensive lineman, dating back to 1993. (According to those listed as offensive lineman in

·         DT Isaac Sopoaga recorded an 18-yd. recept., the 1st of his career. Since 1996, Sopoaga is t-3rd in the NFL for the most receiving yds. in a game by a defensive lineman.


·         WR Michael Crabtree hauled in his first TD recept. of the season and 9th of his career.

Mobile QB

·         With 22 rushing yds. today, QB Alex Smith moved into 7th place in franchise history among QBs with 519 rushing yds. He passed QB Frankie Albert (505 yds.). 

Studs on D

·         LB Ahmad Brooks tallied 2 sacks on the day. The first sack occurred after hauling down Browns QB Colt McCoy on the 2nd play of the game. Brooks also stripped McCoy for his 7th career FF and 1st since 12/27/09 vs. Det. Brooks tallied his 2nd sack of the day in the 3rd qtr., marking his 3rd multi-sack game.

·         Brooks has now notched a sack in back-to-back weeks for the 2nd time in his career (12/6/09 at Sea. - 1 sack and 12/14/09 vs. Arz. - 3 sacks).

·         The fumble was recovered by DT Isaac Sopoaga, the 2nd fumble recovery of his career and 1st since 9/17/06 vs. StL.

·         With a FF in the 4th qtr., LB Parys Haralson ranks t-1st in the NFL with 3 FFs. 

Knocking It Out

·         The 49ers defense registered 5 PDs on the day, giving them 54 for the season. The 54 PDs rank first in the NFL.

·         The 49ers defense registered a season-high 3 FFs vs. Cle., giving them 10 FFs for the season. The 10 FFs rank t-2nd in the NFL.

He's Going Streaking

·         Rookie LB Aldon Smith registered his 6.5 sack of the season which ranks first among rookies in the NFL.

·         Since sacks became an official stat in 1982, Smith's 6.5 sacks on the season rank t-3rd in franchise history in sacks among rookies.

·         Smith has now tallied a sack in 4 consecutive games, which is the most by a 49er since Andre Carter recorded a sack in 5 consecutive games in 2002 (10/14-11/10).

Safety Dance

·         Donte Whitner put a hit on Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya in the 2nd qtr., to record his 1st FF of the season and 4th of his career.

·         Dashon Goldson picked off Browns QB Colt McCoy in the 3rd qtr., marking his first INT of the season and 6th INT of his career. It was also his first INT since 12/12/10 vs. Sea. 

Peelle Away

·         TE Justin Peelle recorded his first recept. with the 49ers and first of the season. 

Extending Their Streaks

·         TE/LS Brian Jennings has now played in 183 consecutive games.

·         DT Justin Smith has now started 162 consecutive games, dating back to his rookie season in 2001. Smith's consecutive start streak ranks 3rd among defensive players and 5th among all NFL players.

·         TE Vernon Davis has now started 66 consecutive games, which ranks 3rd in the NFL among TE's behind Tony Gonzalez (77) and Jason Witten (74).