The high from last Monday night's victory was short-lived in Pittsburgh. The Steelers, coming off 9 days rest since their loss on the opening Thursday night, completely dominated the game. The 49ers defense was torched by one of the best QB-WR combos in the league with Antonio Brown hauling in 9 catches for 195 yards and 1 touchdown. On the day, Roethlisberger was 21-27 for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns.
There were few positives from the 49ers perspective. Colin Kaepernick played well considering the circumstances. He was consistently under pressure and still managed to go 33 of 46 passing with 335 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran 9 times for 51 yards. He was not helped by his receivers who dropped a few passes. Torrey Smith and Kap seemed to find a connection on Sunday with Kap finding Smith 6 times for 120 yards and a score.
The negatives of the performance were very apparent. The Niners secondary was picked apart by Big Ben and his wideouts. They gave up big play after big play and most were on 3rd downs. They were not helped by the front 7. Ben had all day to throw. They did not record a single QB hit and with a QB like Big Ben that cannot happen. He is one of the best QBs in the game and he dismantled the Niners. The Niners offensive line showed the same problems that were very apparent in the preseason. Kap was sacked 5 times and was harassed all day. They'll have to rebound with their 1st division game next week against 1st place Arizona in the desert.
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Let's see how they come back in Arizona | Young Niners Ready To Respond (Gutierrez)
Mike Davis Served As Primary Backup (Barrows)
Signs of improved throwing | Kap Impresses (Buday)
Poor Protection (Williams)
Kap On Moral Victories (Gutierrez)
Bowman On Comparisons (Branch)
Snap Count (Maiocco)
Bowman Eager To See How Team Responds (Emerick)
The O-Line needs to protect Kap | Offseason Problems Show Up (Barrows)
Injury Updates (Gutierrez)
Moving On To Arizona (Price)
They are not as bad as yesterday or as good as Monday. Somewhere between the two. Should know more soon | Which Team Are The Niners? (Contreras)
5 Things We Learned From Coach (Emerick)
Staley On O-Line (49ers Video)
Carlos Hyde Injury Update (49ers Video)
Bethea (49ers Video)
Brock On Execution (49ers Video)
He learned a hard lesson. Hopefully he bounces back quick | Acker Talks About Loss (49ers Video)
Tomsula On Staying Focused (49ers Video)
Week 2 Recap (49ers Video)
Dorsey On Facing Arizona (49ers Video)
Off The Field
Something has to be done. These fights are ridiculous | Alcohol Could Be Banned (Matier and Ross)
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