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Golden Nuggets: Caging the Eagles

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Monday, September 29, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

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This game was definitely "All about that D". To be able to contain a high scoring offense like the Eagles and not just shut them out, but completely demoralize them was a wonderful sight. Just astounding when you think that for about 85% of the game, the Eagles could not even get into 49ers territory. They couldn't run. The secondary was all over Nick Foles' receivers. It was just a masterful performance.

Here are some other odds and ends before we get to the links:

  • The defense had ZERO penalties
  • After Vernon Davis left the game, Bruce Miller started lining up as a tight end on some plays (which he has done in the past), and the 49ers were able to continue their power running
  • When Perrish Cox was asked what the difference was between his play last year and this year, he says, "I'm on the field"
  • On that 55 yard TD catch & run by Frank Gore, where the entire Eagles defense didn't see him release, even Harbaugh didn't see him and had no idea who Kaepernick was throwing to
  • Kaepernick had at least 3 really good passes to receivers who were well covered which I consider in the realm of "throwing a receiver open": the TD to Stevie Johnson, the sideline pass to Anquan Boldin which he made a great stretching catch, and the laser he threaded to the middle of the field to Vernon Davis who had 4 men surrounding him (never mind that VD dropped another catchable ball)
  • In comparing this game which ended the 2-game losing streak with last year's game 4 which did the same thing, we see that the 49ers out-rushed the Eagles (218-22 yards) and last year they out-rushed the Rams (219-18 yards).

Game Recaps & Reviews

49ers get back to basics (Gore, defense) in trust-building win over Eagles (BASG)

Late defensive stand secures first 49ers win in Levi's Stadium (Gin)

Defense does it: 49ers stifle Eagles' no-huddle attack in 26-21 win (Branch)

Instant Replay: 49ers hold off Eagles, snap two-game skid (Maiocco)

49ers rally past Eagles in the 2nd half (Inman)

Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 49ers (Gutierrez)

49ers hold on against Eagles (Biderman)

Gamer: 49ers Escape Week 4 with Win over Eagles (Pentis)

What We Learned from 49ers vs. Eagles (Price)

49ers shut down Nick Foles, beat the Eagles (PFT)

49ers stuff Eagles to avoid three-game skid (Yahoo/AP)

It's All About That D

Defense carried the 49ers, but the offense has question marks (Gin)

49ers defense stops Eagles comeback attempt, saves San Francisco's season (Yahoo)

No huddle? No problem: 49ers' defense well-prepared for encounter with Eagles (Barrows)

49ers' defense pitches shutout against high-scoring Eagles (Maiocco)

Vic Fangio: ‘The two calls we made on third down and fourth down, we practiced those situations' (Inman)

49ers shut down LeSean McCoy (Gutierrez)

Antoine Bethea a defensive difference-maker for 49ers (Gutierrez)

Spotlights

Bruce Miller's versatility allowed the 49ers to keep running even when VD was sidelined during the game. | Guess which offensive player keyed the 49ers win? (Lynch)

Kaepernick, 49ers Offense Continues to Evolve (Price)

Finally, 49ers are Recognizable (NBC)

Do the 49ers want an offensive "identity?" (Lynch)

Frank Gore remains the 49ers' gravitational force and the player who connects them to everything they do best (Kawakami)

Harbaugh takes blame for 'sloppy coaching,' but 49ers win (Maiocco)

49ers special teams have ups and downs in win over Eagles (Corkran)

Harbaugh interview transcript. | Jim Harbaugh on the 49ers' survival-test, big-defense victory over the Eagles: "I thought our team really sucked it up" (Kawakami)

Stevie Johnson shows up on the 49ers' Vine. | Stevie Johnson Has a Message for 49ers Fans (49ers)

The Injured Davises

Injury report: Vernon Davis has aching back; Anthony Davis doesn't return from leg injury (Inman)

Injured 49ers TE Davis: 'I'm not worried about it' (Maiocco)

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