As Colin Kaepernick makes his fourth NFL start and Aldon Smith chases the single season sack record, the 49ers play host to the Dolphins in what should be an interesting matchup. Quarterback Alex Smith was not at midfield for the coin toss the way he was last week. Also, disgruntled 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is not active today. Wide receiver Mario Manningham is inactive as well with a shoulder injury. Rookies LaMichael James and A.J. Jenkins are both active; James for the first time this season.
The 49ers receive, but cannot drive downfield and are forced to punt.
The Dolphins come out firing with a deep pass from Ryan Tannehill to Brian Hartline, but the drive stalls and Miami punts. The 49ers will take over deep inside their own territory.
The 49ers pick up a first down, but Kaepernick is sacked by Cameron Wake and the 49ers have to punt again. Thus far, the game looks like each team is still feeling each other out.
The Dolphins are threatening now after some big receptions by Davone Bess. First and goal for the Dolphins after a running back screen. A false start by the Dolphins left tackle Jonathan Martin filling in for Jake Long takes the Dolphins outside of the ten yard line. Then, their right tackle commits a false start, backing them up to the 17 yard line. A run up the middle by Reggie Bush takes the game to the end of the quarter.
Aldon Smith opens the quarter by sacking Tannehill for his 18 1/2 sack of the year. On third and goal, the 49ers stop Bush, forcing the Dolphins to kick a field goal. Dolphins 3, 49ers 0
James gets his first NFL carry of his career for a gain of 10. He runs again for a short gain, but the Dolphins hit him late and commit a personal foul. Combined with a couple of receptions by Michael Crabtree, the 49ers are marching downfield. Jenkins has also entered the game, giving him his first playing time of the season too. With a Frank Gore run, the 49ers are just outside the 10 yard line knocking on the door of the endzone. The 49ers cannot pick up the first down to get a set of downs on goal, and are forced to kick a field goal like always. David Akers, who has struggled lately, makes the kick. 49ers 3, Dolphins 3
Randy Moss had some big catches for the 49ers, but the clock management and third down playcalling in the redzone cause the 49ers to have to settle for another field goal. This is why I believe Alex Smith was not the problem for the 49ers third down woes, but the offense in general. 49ers 6, Dolphins 3
The Dolphins receive to start the second half, but to no avail. They go three and out and punt the ball back to the 49ers.
The 49ers are forced to punt as well, but a muffed punt by the Dolphins gives the ball back to San Francisco. Two rushing plays later, Gore punches it in for the touchdown. 49ers 13, Dolphins 3
The Dolphins respond with a 56 yard kick return. They march down field long enough to convert on a 53-yard field goal. 49ers 13, Dolphins 6
A Frank Gore-led drive helps the 49ers distance themselves from the Dolphins, as Anthony Dixon punches it in from the 1 yard line. 49ers 20, Dolphins 6
The Dolphins go for it on fourth and goal and convert, bringing the game to within one score. 49ers 20, Dolphins 13
Miami could have a real chance now, as the 49ers could not do much after the Dolphins score. After a bad punt by Andy Lee, the Dolphins start in good field position. The possession doesn't amount to anything though, and the Dolphins turn it over on downs.
Kaepernick puts the nail in the coffin, as he scampers on a quarterback option run and scores. 49ers 27, Dolphins 13
Aldon Smith picks up another sack, giving him 19 and a half on the season, which leads the NFL and is a franchise record. After a couple of kneel downs in victory formation, the 49ers officially put the game away. Final: 49ers 27, Dolphins 13
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