Wrap-up: 49ers 27, Dolphins 13
December, 9, 2012
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park in Week 14:
What it means: The 49ers improved to 9-3-1, maintaining their lead in the NFC West on a day when Seattle (on its way to 8-5) were winning big and St. Louis (6-6-1) also won. That was critical for San Francisco as the team heads into more difficult road games against New England and the Seahawks.
What I liked: Colin Kaepernick completed 18 of 23 passes for 185 yards, good for a 100.2 NFL passer rating. His 50-yard scoring run in the final minutes put away the game for San Francisco.
Second-year outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who entered the game tied with Fred Dean for the single-season 49ers sack record (17.5), moved into sole possession of the mark with a first-half sack.
Rookie running back LaMichael James picked up 10 yards on his first carry of the season. He looked good. Receiver Michael Crabtree continued to produce after the catch. Frank Gore topped 1,000 yards rushing for the season and also had a touchdown run.
The 49ers held the Dolphins to 227 yards.
What I didn't like: Kaepernick took four sacks and the offense wasn't all that cohesive. San Francisco allowed a touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter after taking a 20-6 lead. The Dolphins were more efficient than the 49ers on third and fourth downs. That was clear again when San Francisco went three-and-out after Miami pulled within 20-13. The 49ers had converted only 1 of 8 (12 percent) third-down chances to that point, compared to 5-of-11 (45 percent) for the Dolphins.
San Francisco allowed three sacks to Miami's Cameron Wake.
A 15-yard penalty against the 49ers for NaVorro Bowman's hit on Ryan Tannehill gave Miami first down at the San Francisco 35-yard line in the final five minutes. Bowman made an aggressive play. He did not appear to do anything dirty. But officials have been instructed to err on the side of protecting quarterbacks. They did that on this play. Penalties have been a problem for the 49ers recently. That was the case late.
What's next: The 49ers visit the New England Patriots in Week 15.
Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14 Final Detroit 23 Buffalo 0 Final Indianapolis 7 Cincinnati 35 Final New York 7 Philadelphia 37 Final St. Louis 13 Miami 14 Final Kansas City 14 Green Bay 34 Final Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0 Final New England 13 New York 16 Final Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10 Final Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13 Final Chicago 13 Cleveland 33 Final San Francisco 40 Houston 13 Final Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3 Final Denver 27 Dallas 3 Final Arizona 9 San Diego 12 Final Seattle 31 Oakland 41