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49ers vs Texans: It’s a Winning Streak!

Jesse Oehler

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What a difference getting a quarterback makes! The 49ers overcame a slow start, way too many penalties (again), a pitiful 3rd down conversion rate (18%), and a dominating performance from DeAndre Hopkins to snag a 26–16 victory from the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Niners now find themselves on a 2 game winning streak, and having won 3 out their last 4. It is the first time the 49ers have won back-to-back road games since 2014. They now head back to Santa Clara to take on the Tennessee Titans, in what promises to be a much more intriguing game than one might have thought 3 or 4 weeks ago.

It was a tight (and at times ugly) game throughout, but the 49ers kept in it by winning the time of possession (34:49), maintaining a balanced attack on offense, (33 pass attempts and 31 rushing attempts) which netted a healthy 6.3 yards per play, and bottling up the Texan’s ground game by holding Lamar Miller to just 53 yards on the ground. The team also accomplished an important rarity – they won the turnover battle – which included Adrian Colbert’s huge (and probably game cinching) forced fumble on DeAndre Hopkins with 5:50 left in the 4th quarter.

The 49ers shredded the Texans through the air, including in the middle of the field where the Texans have been vulnerable this year. Tight end Garret Celek (this guy just keeps hanging around) made the Texans pay on a nice 61 yard catch and run in the 3rd quarter. Jimmy Garoppolo had a solid game, going 20/33 for 334 yards, and stood strong in the pocket despite seeing some heavy pressure during the game. He used his eyes well, moving often off his primary reads, and continued last week’s impressive rapport with Marquis Goodwin, who hauled in 6 receptions for 106 yards, and is suddenly looking like a total-package receiver.

I thought it would be imperative for the 49ers to limit DeAndre Hopkins in this game, but Hopkins torched the Niners for nearly 150 yards and 2 touchdowns and San Francisco still got the win. They also did not let any other receiver on the Texans hurt them, as Will Fuller was Houston’s second leading receiver with 26 yards. Jadeveon Clowney was certainly disruptive, but did not cause too much destruction.

All in all it was a good day for the red and gold. They got their second win in a row on the road, in a tough environment. Even though this Texans team is but a battered shell of the team the Niners would have seen had they been full strength, it is plain that Houston still had some talent on the field. This was a nice, confidence boosting victory for the 49ers, and they’ll look to add a couple more to the win column this year, starting next week against The Titans.

This ‘N’ That:

Robbie Gould continued to be money in the kicking game, following up his 5 field goal game against the Chicago Bears last week with an impressive 4/4 performance today, which included a 52 yarder.

Carlos Hyde was good today, going for 78 yards on 14 carries, including a touchdown. He looked fast with good burst, determination and power. He finished runs strong, including this beauty

It was nice to see both Eli Harold and Deforest Buckner get on the stat sheet today with sacks. Harold has quietly been playing better in recent weeks, and it’s nice to see Buckner finally get some payoff for all the havoc he wreaks, and despite the double teams he must endure.

Today we caught a glimpse of why so much fuss was made about Kyle Juszczyk during the offseason, and his prowess as an “OW”, or Offensive Weapon. He made some nice plays today, showcasing his speed and his hands, including this sweet grab in traffic.

Writer for Locked On 49ers, father and lifetime 49ers fan. Former football player, house builder and server of coffee. A globetrotting wannabe musician, Jesse has tuned in to 49ers games from Mexico, Germany, Belize and many places in-between.

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