In a far cry from the first three games of the 2014 campaign, the San Francisco 49ers (2-2) owned the second half. They pitched a 13-0 shutout in the final thirty minutes, part of a 26-21 victory over the previously undefeated Philadelphia Eagles (3-1). The win also marked the first regular season victory for the Niners at Levi’s Stadium.
It was an impressive defensive performance by a team that had struggled in recent weeks. Perrish Cox turned in a fantastic performance in the secondary, including an interception of Nick Foles to seal the victory. The rookie Aaron Lynch provided good pressure as the nickel rusher and the Cowboy, Justin Smith helped assist on a Foles INT as he drilled the Eagles quarterback as he threw. While certain individuals may have shined brighter than others, the total defensive performance was instrumental in shutting out an offense that entered the game as the number two team in the league in points per game.
Offensively, it was an up-and-down afternoon. Colin Kaepernick was just alright, throwing an awful pick-six, but also had a solid second half and made some highlight reel touchdown connections to Frank Gore and Stevie Johnson. While Kap struggled in the first half, some of the onus has to be placed on the offensive line, who failed to protect their quarterback, resulting in multiple scrambles. Frank Gore, conversely, ran all over Philadelphia, racking up 119 yards on 24 carries as well as the aforementioned 55-yard touchdown reception.
The 49ers now turn their attention to the Kansas City Chiefs and a familiar face leading them at quarterback. While that is the main storyline heading into the next game, the Niners have a renewed energy heading into Week 5. The Chiefs are devastated by injuries, so this game presents a golden opportunity for the Niners to get back over .500.
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