Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers 10/6/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: San Francisco 49ers 34, Houston Texans 3
October 6, 2013
The Week 5 edition of “Sunday Night Football” featured a pretty enticing matchup. Both the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers looked pretty balanced on paper, with both teams relying on stout defense and ball control to assert their dominance. Houston was coming off a heartbreaking three-point loss to the Seahawks in Week 4, while San Francisco had an extended rest period after taking care of the Rams two Thursdays ago.
Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and key players in this one as we reassess the game and figure out exactly what happened. We’ll also take a look ahead to Week 6 to see what’s in store for each team’s immediate future.
What Happened: Matt Schaub has had a rough couple of weeks. After throwing an ill-timed (to put it lightly) interception for a TD in the Seahawks loss, he picked up right where he left off, tossing another pick-six on his first throw of the night. Things didn’t get much better from there, as the 49ers built up a 21-0 halftime lead.
Houston finally coughed up a field goal in the third quarter, but didn’t see the scoreboard again. San Francisco was in complete control, and really didn’t have to do anything fancy offensively to stay there. At the final horn, it was a 34-3 San Francisco win that was one-sided the whole way through.
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The Stars: This one was all about the 49ers defense. They forced Schaub into three interceptions and held him to just 173 passing yards. The run defense was pretty good, too, considering the opposition. Arian Foster was held to less than 100 yards (98) and no scoring.
On the offensive side, Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter LaMicheal James and Anthony Dixon controlled the tempo on the ground, contributing to a net of 177 rush yards and a pair of running touchdowns. Vernon Davis came up big through the air, with three grabs for 88 yards and a score.
We’ll throw a bone to the Texans’ Owen Daniels, who managed six catches for 60 yards.
The Goats: Schaub now has an interception returned for a touchdown in four straight games, which is an NFL record. He was so bad that he was replaced in the fourth quarter, but the coaching staff maintained afterward that he was still the Texans’ starter. It’s bound to be another rough week for him.
On the other side, we’ve got to harp on the 49ers’ passing game. We know they didn’t really need to throw the ball much, considering the way things were going, but 15 pass attempts (much less just a half-dozen completions) in today’s league is a little unsettling. Niners QB Colin Kaepernick threw for just 113 yards, which looks a little silly considering Tony Romo threw for over 500 yesterday and lost.
Anquan Boldin had a meager two receptions for 21 yards. We realize he's pretty much their only WR, but they’ve got to figure out a way to get him the ball.
Injuries: The 49ers lost DT Ray McDonald in this one, and were without Nnamdi Asomugha, Quinton Patton and Patrick Willis. There are some injury holes in their defense, but they didn’t show during the game.
For the Texans, they were banged up but relatively healthy coming in. LB Tim Dobbins was the only one on the injury report who ended up missing the game.
Outlook: San Francisco will try to keep their win streak rolling when they take on the Cardinals at home in Week 6. Meanwhile, Houston will try to find some answers in the coming week, then host the Rams on Sunday afternoon.
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