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It's always a good day when the 49ers defense takes care of business

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The San Francisco 49ers defense has been under scrutiny with NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith and Glenn Dorsey all sidelined. They have had some big moments, but a little bit of inconsistency at times. On Sunday, against the Philadelphia Eagles, the defense took care of business. They shut down a potent Eagles attack, and put the 49ers in position to get back to .500. That is reason enough for this to be a good day.

Here is a run down of some notable stats and performances to close out a great day. The 49ers won, the Oakland A's finally clinched a spot in the playoffs, and for Giants fans, there will also be playoff baseball. Even I can't hate on the Giants today.

With the Win...

  • The 49ers improved to 20-5-1 at home in the regular season under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
  • The 49ers improved to 19-12-1 against the Philadelphia Eagles all-time.
  • The 49ers improve to 2-0 against the Eagles under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
  • The 49ers improved to 6-2 against the NFC East since 2011, and 2-0 this year.
  • The 49ers improved to 25-8 vs. non-divisional opponents since 2011. Their .758 winning pct. ranks 1st in the NFL over that time span.
  • The 49ers improved to 12-0 when RB Frank Gore rushes for 100+ yds.

Slowing Down The Eagles

  • The 49ers defense held the Eagles to just 213 net yds. (22 rushing, 191 passing), the lowest total under head coach Chip Kelly.
  • The 22 rushing yds. allowed was the 9th fewest allowed by the 49ers in a single game in franchise history.

Fewest Rushing Yds. Allowed, Franchise History

Rank

Date

Opp

Atts.

Yds.

Avg.

1t.

10/29/12

at Arz.

9

7

0.8

10/1/72

at NO

16

7

0.4

3.

11/2/03

vs. StL

8

9

1.1

4t.

11/29/10

at Arz.

11

13

1.2

12/1/86

vs. NYG

19

13

0.7

6.

12/6/64

vs. LAN

14

15

1.1

7.

9/26/13

at StL

19

18

0.9

8.

10/29/50

vs. Bal.

21

21

1.0

9.

9/28/14

vs. Phi.

12

22

1.8

10.

10/20/91

vs. Det.

8

24

3.0

A.B. Steps Up

  • Antoine Bethea tallied his 1st FF of the season and 6th of his career, stripping the ball from Eagles TE Zach Ertz in the 3rd qtr. The ball popped into the air and was caught by CB Perrish Cox, marking his 2nd FR of the season and of his career.
  • Bethea registered his 1st INT of the season, marking his 1st as a member of the 49ers and 15th of his career. He became first 49ers player to register an INT and FF in the same game since LB NaVorro Bowman at Arz. (12/29/13).
  • Bethea started his 100th consecutive game, the longest active streak by a safety in the NFL.

Cox Shines In Secondary

  • CB Perrish Cox tallied 1 INT, 1 FR and a career-high 4 passes defensed.
  • Cox notched his 2nd FR of the season after he caught a FF by S Antoine Bethea that popped up in the air. The takeaway led to a 12-yd. TD pass from QB Colin Kaepernick to WR Stevie Johnson.
  • Cox registered his 2nd INT of the season and 3rd of his career, picking off Eagles QB Nick Foles late in the 4th qtr. to seal the victory.

Gimme That

  • CB Chris Culliver registered his 1st FF of the season and of his career, knocking the ball away from Eagles WR Riley Cooper. The loose ball was recovered by DT Justin Smith, marking his 1st FR of the season and the 10th of his career.

Williams Notches His First

  • NT Ian Williams sacked Eagles QB Nick Foles late in the 4th qtr., marking his first career sack.

Moving The Ball

  • The 49ers offense amassed 407 net yds. (218 rushing, 189 passing), marking the first time the 49ers have recorded 400-plus offensive net yds. since gaining 494 yds. (90 rushing, 202 passing) vs. GB (9/8/13).

Controlling The Clock

  • The 49ers offense held the ball for 42:17, which was the highest time of possession for the team since 11/20/11 vs. Arz. (44:16).

Gore Comes Up Big

  • RB Frank Gore rushed for 119 yds. on 24 carries while adding 1 recept. for 55 yds. and 1 TD. He has rushed for 100 yds.-or-more in 4 of his last 5 game against Phi.
  • This marked Gore's 36th career 100-yd. game and his first since 12//8/13 (110 yds. vs. Sea.). His 36 career 100-yd. games ranks 2nd among all active players.

Most Games With 100+ Rushing Yards

Player

Team(s)

Games

1.

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings

42

2.

Frank Gore

San Francisco 49ers

36

3.

Chris Johnson

Tennessee Titans/New York Jets

35

4.

Steven Jackson

St. Louis Rams/Atlanta Falcons

33

5t.

Arian Foster

Houston Texans

27

Maurice Jones-Drew

Jacksonville Jaguars/Oakland Raiders

27

  • Gore hauled in a 55-yd. TD pass from QB Colin Kaepernick, marking the longest recept. of Gore's career and the longest by a 49ers RB since 12/12/10 (RB Brian Westbrook - 62-yd TD recept. vs. Sea.).
  • Gore's 55-yd. TD recept. marked the longest TD recept. by a RB in the NFL this season.
  • It marked Gore's 4th career game with 100+ rushing yds. and 50+ rec. yds, which is tied for the 4th most among all active running backs in the NFL.

Kapping It Off With A Win

  • QB Colin Kaepernick completed 17 of 30 atts. for 218 yds., 2 TDs, 1 INT and a QB rating of 87.9.
  • Kaepernick completed a 55-yd. TD pass to RB Frank Gore, marking his longest TD pass of the season and 3rd longest of his career [64t to TE Vernon Davis vs. Hou. (10/6/13); 61t to TE Vernon Davis vs. Arz. (10/13/13)].
  • Kaepernick added 7 rush atts. for 58 yds. (8.3 avg.). It marked the first time in his career that he rushed for 50+ yds. in three consecutive games. [64 vs. Chi. (9/14/14); 54 at Arz. (9/21/14)].
  • This marked just the 3rd time in franchise history that a QB rushed for 50+ yds. in three consecutive games and the first time since 1992 [Steve Young - 50 vs. Buf. (9/13/92); 50 at NYJ (9/20/92); 65 at NO (9/27/92); Billy Kilmer - 103 vs. Det. (10/1/61); 131 vs. LAR (10/8/61); 115 at Min. (10/15/61)].

Stevie Reaches 4,000

  • On his 12-yd. TD recept. in the 3rd qtr., WR Stevie Johnson eclipsed the 4,000-yd. mark for his career. It marked his 1st TD of the season and 1st as a member of the 49ers.

Consistent Crabtree

  • WR Michael Crabtree registered 5 recepts. for 43 yds., reaching 300 recepts. for his career.
  • Crabtree has now registered 22 recepts. over the past three games, the 2nd most over any three-game span in his career (23 - 12/2/12-12/16/12).

Up and Good

  • Phil Dawson connected on all four FG atts., from 29 yds., 51 yds., 46 yds. and 31 yds.
  • Dawson has now hit 29 career FGs from 50-plus yds., which ranks 3rd among all active kickers (Oak. K Sebastian Janikowski - 45; NYG K Josh Brown - 30). His 70.7 FG pct. from beyond 50-plus yds. ranks 2nd in NFL history (min. 25 made) (K Jeff Wilkins - 26 of 36 - 72.2 pct.).
  • It marked the first time Dawson has made 4+ FGs since at TB (12/15/13).