The 49ers defeated the Texans 34-3 on Sunday night. Here are the grades for the defense and special teams:
Defensive Line: B+
The pressure on Matt Schaub was minimal and the run defense had its holes. They gave 131 rushing yards and only had a coverage sack, but Tony Jerod-Eddie had an interception. This grade would be an "A" if the run defense gave up less than 100 yards on the ground.
Michael Wilhoite had an impressive game with 13 tackles and was rewarded with a sack late in the game. NaVorro Bowman tackled well in the open field and coverage proved to be adequate on the tight ends. The pass rushing was very paltry as Schaub had time to pass.
Tramaine Brock takes majority of the credit for the two interceptions which included a pick-six. Donte Whitner also stripped the ball in the third quarter which the 49ers pounced on. Eric Reid tackled very well in the open field while Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown weren't tested as Schaub failed to hit his wide receivers when throwing deep. Everyone played well as the 49ers had to stick to nickel defense for majority of the game.
Special Teams: A-
There was one kickoff return that went to midfield, but two of them were inside the 20 when C.J. Spillman was perfect at gunning down Keyshawn Martin. Kyle Williams had a decent punt return that went 22 yards. Phil Dawson made both field goal attempts that were under 40 yards. Lastly, Andy Lee was being Andy Lee by averaging 49 yards per punt.
The 49ers knew what the Texans were doing offensively and Vic Fangio had a perfect game plan. They challenged Schaub to throw to any receiver and he struggled for the most part. They allowed a few yards on the ground, but they were able to force turnovers which led to points the other way. The defense was responsible for 24 of the 34 points scored by the 49ers as the offense took over on a short field three different times.