Similar to the win in St. Louis, the 49ers didn’t look dominant from the start in Nashville. Their first drive went for 12 plays and lasted over six minutes, but it ended with a Phil Dawson field goal attempt that went through the uprights … barely. San Francisco went three-and-out in their next series.
With a 3-0 lead in the second quarter, the 49ers faced 3rd-and-5 at their own 25-yard line. That’s when Anquan Boldin — who was held to five catches for 49 yards in the previous two games — started making some ridiculous catches. First he beat Alterraun Verner over the top with a 25-yard diving catch. After a false start penalty on Bruce Miller, Boldin did this:
After a Colin Kaepernick interception was negated by an unnecessary roughness penalty on Akeem Ayers, the 49ers gained two yards on a Frank Gore carry. Then Colin Kaepernick gained one yard on a read option run to the right where he took a dive after Kyle Williams failed to block Jason McCourty. Kaepernick was forced to take a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty on 3rd-and-7, which led to the .GIF known as “Pensive Harbaugh.” Then this happened, thanks to great open field blocking from Boldin, Vance McDonald, Frank Gore and Bruce Miller.
It was the first time Kaepernick was able to flex and “kiss” his right bicep all season, but Frank Gore made sure it wasn’t the last time he’d perform his signature move during that game. After Tramaine Brock intercepted Jake Locker …
… Gore bonked one of Fox’s camera lenses and “Kaepernicked” with his quarterback after scoring on this 1-yard run six plays later.
Things were looking pretty good for the 49ers at this point, but then it looked like the game was over after the 49ers got the ball to start the second half and ran 12 plays (eight runs) over 7:40. Once again, Gore took it in from a yard out.
After that, the rest of the game was a garbage time blur, until Chris Johnson’s 66-yard touchdown catch-and-sprint made it seem like the 49ers were a couple mistakes away from things getting a little too interesting. But Darius Reynaud was the one who muffed a punt near his team’s goal-line, leading to a touchdown for Kassim Osgood after Darryl Morris flattened Reynaud (who was released by the Titans on Monday).
Morris should be applauded for the number he chose (if he had a choice). He’s more of a smaller, speedier type of player, but it’s physically impossible to look small while wearing No. 40. It doesn’t mean he’s the new “Bar None,” but he looked (and played) a lot bigger than 5′ 10″, 188 lbs. on Sunday.