Found December 20, 2011 on NBC Bay Area:
San Francisco’s defense played a starring role in Monday night’s 20-3 victory over the Steelers, but not to be overlooked is what the 49ers’ offense did in the second half. After failing to score a touchdown in 10 straight trips into the red zone, the Niners were 2-for-2 in the second half against Pittsburgh. It was a much-needed boost for an offense that has noticeably stalled over the past several games. The 49ers, now 11-3 as they head into Saturday’s game against the Seahawks in Seattle, are still very much in the running for the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye. San Francisco is tied with the Saints, but holds the tiebreaker edge if both finish the season with the same record. After having to settle for two short David Akers field goals in the first half, San Francisco responded in the second half by solving its red-zone woes. After the Steelers kicked a field goal to cut their deficit to 6-3, Alex Smith led the Niners on a long touchdown drive by going to...
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