Browns vs. Niners Game Day MVP’s

The San Francisco 49ers played a home game against the Cleveland Browns today, 10/30/11, at 1:15pm.  Going into the game, the Niners were given a +8.5 spread over the Browns.  Personally I felt that the spread was too large, and could potentially affect the players’ ego to take this game seriously.  However this was not the case as the 49ers started the game strong.  Due to the contribution of a few game day M.V.P’s, the 49ers produced big when needed, and showed their mental toughness by playing aggressive in all 4 quarters.  At the end of the game the 49ers chalked up a W for the score sheet, and won 20-10 against the Browns.

Game Day M.V.P’s:

Frank Gore- Frank had another spectacular game, ending it with a career high, 31 rush attempts and passing Roger Craig for #2 on the 49er’s all-time rushing yard list.  As you may know, Roger Craig was the 49er’s featured running back during the great 80’s, when the Niners won 4 Super Bowls.  This landmark performance for Gore also just so happened to be his 4th straight 100-yard rushing game of the season.  After we all were about to jump off the Gore bandwagon, after 3 sub-par performances in a row, Frank has impressed us all with his 4th straight 100-yard game.  Click link for Gore’s 26’s yard run.

Braylon Edwards- Although Braylon completed the game with a less impressive performance than Gore, with completing 4 receptions for 42 yards; I am still impressed by his determination to stay active in the game.  After tearing his meniscus in his knee, during the 2nd game of the season, and undergoing surgery, Braylon made the effort to bounce back and make it to the teams starting roster against his former team, the Browns.  This game was more of a redemption game for Braylon, and he proved worthy, guiding his team to critical first down plays with his limited pass targets.

Ahmed Brooks- Brooks made an immediate impact on the Niners’ defense, as their designated pass rusher.  Quick of the snap, on the first passing play of the game, Brooks beat opposing lineman to capture a sack, with a bonus forced fumble on the play as well.  Following his forced fumble, the 49ers were allowed to snatch their first TD of the game.  Although commonly overlooked, Brook’s run defense contribution also helped stop the Browns running attack, and only allowed an amateur 66 yards on the ground. Check link for ‘Sack Fumble’ play.

Offensive Linemen- Last but certainly not least, the 49er’s entire offensive line proved once again to be a dominant force up front.  Whether it was creating big holes up the middle to allow gore to pick up big-time yardage, pass protecting Alex Smith from the #4 rated defense in the league, or going out on passing routes to help complete a 3rd and long, the line produced big.  This front 5, and additional back up players are proving to be a solid investment for years to come.  They allowed the 49er’s rushing attack to pick up a solid 174 yards on the ground, while only allowing 1 sack against Smith, which wasn’t even technically their fault.  On the sack, smith fumbled the ball, forcing him to dive on top of it, which allowed defenders to take credit for a sack.

To watch the game’s complete Game-Day highlight, click the link.

(Unfortunately, Jamie Dukes is still hating on Alex Smith in the team highlight video)


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