The 49ers controlled the entire game and won easily 34-3 against the Texans on Sunday night. Tramaine Brock was the star player on defense as the team forced four turnovers which led to the blowout win. They scored 24 points off four turnovers. The 49ers (3-2, 1-1 in division) are tied with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West standings and are one game behind the division leading Seattle Seahawks.
Right off the bat, Brock set the tone for the rest of the night when he returned an interception 18 yards for the opening touchdown of the game. It was the fourth consecutive interception returned for touchdown thrown by Matt Schaub in four straight games.
"I didn't anticipate it, but I did my job and technique [properly]," Brock said. "I made a play and that's what we strive off of in turnovers."
He ended up making another play when intercepting Schaub again which put the 49ers deep into Houston territory during the second quarter. It was his fourth career interception and second of the game. After consecutive runs by Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore for gains of 16 and 17 yards, respectively, Anthony Dixon scored the 49ers third touchdown with a short run to the left untouched which put the 49ers up 21-0.
In the second half, both teams traded field goals but the defense continued to stand strong. Matt Schaub was interception for the third time by Tony Jerod-Eddie which led to him being benched. Two plays later, Kaepernick hit Vernon Davis for a 64-yard touchdown pass on the left side which put the game away.
"[There were] a lot of great things to point to in the game," Jim Harbaugh said after the game. "There was great play defensively from [Vic] Fangio and staff. Coverage units were outstanding. A lot of good things to point to that resulted in good execution by our players."
After Brock scored the opening touchdown on a pick-six, the 49ers drove down the field for 12 plays, and 65 yards en route to their second touchdown. Kyle Williams was used on a reverse as both Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis were frequent targets with the latter being responsible for 24 yards and the former having 21 yards. They finished the drive with a power running play to Frank Gore at the goal line for the score.
Gore finished the game averaging 4.8 yards per carry and was able to sit out most of the fourth quarter as the 49ers had a comfortable lead. He was extremely happy with how his teammates played and felt beating the Texans was a quality win.
"The [offensive line] did a great job tonight," Gore said. "That was our best front-seven we faced [all season]. The [offensive line] stood up and did well."
Even though the team gained a game on the Seahawks in the standings, Gore said he isn't focusing on the other teams but only what is happening with the 49ers. He is taking things one week at a time.
"We need to take it one day at a time and play hard to get the win," Gore said. "We can't worry about Seattle. I felt last week Houston should've won last week and they'd come in with a chip on their shoulder, but we got the job done today."
The 49ers will host the Arizona Cardinals next week for Week 6.
-Ray McDonald left the game with a biceps injury. He will undergo an MRI tomorrow and is unsure of how severe the injury could be.
-Eric Reid was able to tackle well in the open field, preventing anything from getting past him.
-Michael Wilhoite came in for Patrick Willis and covered the Texans' running game well. He was rewarded with a sack in the fourth quarter off a botched snap.
-The 49ers had minimal penalties with only three times being penalized for 17 yards total.
-Tony Jerod-Eddie had an interception in the third quarter as he came in for the injured Ray McDonald.