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Five San Francisco 49ers with Great Games in 20-10 Win Over Browns: Fan’s Take
In a game that the San Francisco 49ers were expected to win, the Niners scored 20 points to defeat the Cleveland Browns for their first five-game winning streak since 2001 and the team's first undefeated October since 1997. Now 6-1 on the season and a four game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, here are five of the many 49ers who helped lead the team to another victory in Week 8.
Once again the team relied heavily on Gore to lead the team to some success on offense. Not only did Gore go on and rush the ball 31 times for 134 yards on the ground, but he also surpassed 49er great Roger Craig to be second on the all-time franchise rushing list with 7,089 yards. Gore has had over 100 yards and one rushing touchdown in each of the last four games.
Even with the return of Braylon Edwards(notes), Crabtree was once again the primary receiver for Alex Smith. Despite missing an open Crabtree three times during the game and not getting tight end Vernon Davis(notes) (3 catches, 27 yards) more involved in the passing game, Smith and Crabtree provided a solid mix in-between the heavy running attack. Crabtree finished with five catches for 54 yards, including his first touchdown of the season on a 2-yard reception.
The forgotten man amongst all the other playmaking linebackers like Patrick Willis(notes), Navorro Bowman(notes), and Aldon Smith(notes), Brooks made his presence felt early on in the game, as he sacked and stripped Colt McCoy(notes) in the Browns' first drive for the team's first turnover of the game. Brooks finished the game with one tackle, two sacks, and a forced fumble.
Aside from being a force on the defensive line and keeping the Browns to only 66 net rushing yards, Sopoaga was also instrumental on in recovering one of Cleveland's five fumbles. Add an 18-yard catch on a third down conversion in the fourth quarter and Sopoaga truly had a strong overall game on offense and defense.
Like Sopoaga, Staley caught his first NFL pass in the first quarter which led to a David Akers(notes) field goal. Initially starting his college career at Central Michigan as a tight end, Staley did not catch a pass in any football games since the position change. Along with his career-first in the passing game, Staley was also instrumental in only allowing one sack on Alex Smith and helping the team finish with 174 rushing yards.
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Postgame notes: 49ers 20, Browns 10, Bay Area News Group
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Sopoaga, Staley come up big in 49ers' passing game, CSN Bay Area
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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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