49ers Stun Eagles in Second Half Win 24-23


Who could have predicted that on a day when Michael Vick throws for 416 yards and rushes for 75 more, that the San Francisco 49ers would claw back from a 23-3 hole and win 24-23?

Well on this day that is exactly what happened, as the 49ers broke an eight year losing streak to the Eagles. While the Eagles, especially Vick, built the 20 point lead and had their way with the 49ers in the first half, the 49ers had their own way with the Eagles porous defense in the second half. It also helped that the San Fran was +2 in the turnover margin, forcing 2 fumbles and getting a pick from Vick.

Alex Smith played a really good game, going 21/33 for 291 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t make mistakes, didn’t try to force plays even when the team was down by twenty.

The run game came alive in the second half of the game as well, as Frank Gore ran 15 times for 127 yards and a TD, all of this coming with a bum ankle. Kendall Hunter also had 9 rushes for 38 yards. Michael Vick was the leading rusher for Philadelphia, with 8 rushes for 75 yards, LeSean McCoy had 9 rushes for only 18 yards. Michael Crabtree was the leading receiver for San Francisco with 5 catches for 68 yards, while DeSean Jackson had 6 catches for 171 yards, but neither of them had a touchdown reception.

While neither defense played extremely well, the 49ers have to be happy about the effort they got from theirs in the second half as they limited the Eagles to three points. The Eagles again are hurt by a porous run defense, and even with all the high priced corners they have still allowed two passing touchdowns to help the 49ers get back into the game. It also helped that Eagles kicker Alex Henery missed two fourth quarter kicks to keep the possibility of the 49ers winning alive.

With two tough wins in the past two weeks on the road, the 49ers now with head home to play Tampa Bay. With the emotions running high after this comeback look for the 49ers to come out on fire. Hopefully with this great win the tone for the rest of the season has been set and the 49ers will play with great intensity and confidence the rest of the way, but let’s take it one game at a time, so bring on the Buccaneers.

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