Niners Outlast the Dolphins 27-13 to Improve to 9-3-1

After the past couple of weeks, the San Francisco 49ers will gladly take the win today over the Dolphins, even though it was not as impressive as some would have liked.

The Niners allowed the Dolphins to hang around till the fourth quarter, and even though many Expert NFL Picks had the Niners running away with it, they couldn’t do so until late in the game.

Nevertheless, a 27-13 win is just fine for the Niners, as they get to 9-3-1 after losing a tough OT game to the Rams a week ago in St.Louis.

Colin Kaepernick, who rushed for 4,112 yards and 59 touchdowns in college for Nevada, faked a handoff on third-and-five to running back Frank Gore, pulled the ball back and hit a huge gap off left tackle. He raced 50 yards for a touchdown with 2:10 left, lifting the 49ers to the win.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said it was a “great call” by offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “And it was a big third-down conversion. We’d been struggling on third downs. And to get that one to pop and get the touchdown was great. So it was better than having to punt it back to Miami at that point.”

Kaepernick also passed for 185 yards, completing 18 of 23 passes, nine of those completions going to wide receiver Michael Crabtree for 93 yards. He posted a passer rating of 100.2, helping the 49ers bounce back from last week’s loss at St. Louis and improve to 9-3-1.

“He acquitted himself very well in this game,” Harbaugh said of Kaepernick. “Made some big-time throws. Ran our offense. Did a good job of running the ball.”

Kaepernick started his fourth straight game since replacing Alex Smith and improved to 3-1 heading into a brutal two-game stretch of road games against New England then Seattle where he’ll be severely tested.

Kaepernick, though, said he’s “been comfortable this whole season” in all situations.

It was a win that could come in handy as the team makes a run towards the playoffs. It wasn’t easy, but then again, what has it seems in 2012?


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