Sunday, October 7, 2012
49ers Blow Out Bills 45-3
The 49ers blew out that Buffalo Bills by a score of 45-3. Coming into the game the Bills had the 27th ranked defense, and that unit looked every bit as bad as their ranking today, as the 49ers became the first team in NFL history to both run and pass for over 300 yards in a game.
Alex Smith was on target all day, putting up 303 yards, his first 300 yard performance in almost 2 years. The last time Smith threw for over 300 yards in a game was on October 10, 2010, when he put up 309 yards in a losing effort against the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition to the 303 yards, Smith also threw 3 touchdown passes and ended the day with a near perfect passer rating of 156.2.
Coming into the game the Bills defense was ranked 28th in the league in yards per play at 6.0. On Sunday the 49ers were able to average 9.9 yards per play. For the first time since 1961 the 49ers had 2 players go over the 100 yard mark with receptions, as both Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis went over the century mark. Frank Gore joined Crabtree and Davis by running for 106 yards on the day, giving the 49er offense a 300 yard passer, 2 100 yard receivers and a 100 yard rusher, a fantasy football owners dream.
The 49er defense would not be overshadowed on this day. The Bills came into today having scored no less than 24 points in their first 4 games. The defense held the Bills to only 3 points and 204 total yards of offense. Patrick Willis made the play of the day late in the 2nd quarter when he stripped Bills TE Scott Chandler of the ball, and it was recovered by Dashaun Goldson leading to a 28 yard touchdown pass from Smith to Crabtree on the next play.
The only negative to come out of today for the 49ers were the 7 penalties that they were called for, wiping out some big gains early on.
The 49ers now enter a stretch of 2 games over the next 10 days, as they welcome the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants to Candlestick for a rematch of last years NFC Championship game next Sunday, followed by a matchup with Division rival Seattle on Thursday night.