49ers unleash Kaepernick in Tennessee
Calm before the storm
The 49ers had their first offensive possession following a Titans punt. The ensuing drive was a 12 play, 65 yard drive marked by a 24 yard pass to Vernon Davis from Colin Kaepernick. San Francisco finally settled on a 44-yard field goal from Phil Dawson.
Executed to perfection
After the teams traded punts, the Niners got the ball back and put together an 80-yard drive. Kaepernick threw an interception but Titan Akeem Ayers was called for unnecessary roughness, nullifying the pick. Three plays later, after a timeout, they ran a read option which opened up a huge hole to left side, and Kaepernick followed his blockers perfectly to score untouched.
Brock continues to shine
On the next Titans drive, Tramaine Brock stepped in front of a Jake Locker pass and picked it off. Brock's stellar play of late has assured his spot as the nickle corner, and doesn't bode well for Nnamdi Asoumugh's roster spot. Kaepernick scrambled for 20 yards a few plays later, then threw to Vance McDonald for 20 yards down to the one yard line. The drive was capped off by Frank Gore's one-yard TD and a 17-0 lead the 49ers took into halftime.
On the opening drive of the second half, the 49ers went 79 yards on 12 plays. They drove down the field utilizing a balanced attack, capped by another Gore one-yard TD. On the score Gore passed Roger Craig for third all-time in 49er history with 67 TDs.
49ers lose shutout bid
Following a slew of punts, the Titans drove deep into 49ers territory, largely due to a 42-yard pass from Jake Locker to Nate Washington, only to stall inside the 10-yard line and settle for a Rob Bironas FG, which ended San Francisco's shutout bid.
CJ2K gets loose
The Titans took over after a 49er punt. Immediately following an injury to rookie safety Eric Reid, Tennessee took advantage of the soft 49ers coverage and ran a screen to Chris Johnson. The play allowed the Titans to finally utilize the speed and open field running ability of Johnson, who had been bottled up all day, and it resulted in a 66-yard TD for Johnson and Jake Locker.
After the 49ers next drive went nowhere, the special teams unit made a huge play. The punt team crashed in on punt returner Darius Reynaud, who elected not to call for the fair catch and paid dearly. Kassim Osgood recovered the muffed punt in the end zone for a 49ers touchdown, effectively sealing the game. The Titans added a garbage time TD to former 49er Delanie Walker, making the final score 31-17.