Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/9/12

Just when fans and critics thought it could worsen no more for struggling teams facing the San Francisco 49ers, the Buffalo Bills quickly found themselves in the middle of a beat down situation. By the games’ conclusion and a 45-3 score, the Bills inked records of futility. Here are some of the numbers: the 49ers set a franchise record with 621 total yards; they became the first team in National Football League history to gain 300 yards rushing and passing in a game; and the Bills became the first team in the history of the NFL to give up at least 550 yards in consecutive games in the same season.

Specifically, Alex Smith’s passer rating was near perfect while throwing 3 touchdowns. The Niners had two 100-yard receivers (Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis) and nearly two 100-yard rushers. Frank Gore ran for 106, while Kendall Hunter rushed for 81. Both backs averaged more than seven yards a rush. It was all bad for the lowly Bills from Buffalo.

San Francisco had seven plays of 20+ yards and would score touchdowns on four consecutive drives. To make matters worse, the 49ers completely stifled Buffalo’s offense. The Bills were held to 204 net yards and only 10 first downs the entire game.

Buffalo got pounded in all phases. The total unit struggled from the coaching staff down to the players. Nevertheless, the coaches should receive the brunt of the criticism. The team had been reeling since the second half of their previous game. It appeared they had an effective plan, no answers and it became immediately clear not long after kickoff.

I was one who believed the 49ers would open it up this game (Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers: Three Bold Predictions). They did and in the meantime, Alex Smith was able to put up some of the best numbers of his career. He was the hero of the game. While playing perfect football in the first half, he also set career highs in several other categories including his 12-16, 237 yards in the first half. Smith is more confident than ever and it showed Sunday. He made the right decisions and all the throws setting the momentum for The League’s best team. Thanks to Alex Smith, the Bills could not contain the Niners offense, nor were they any where near containing them.



GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Vlade Divac indicates DeMarcus Cousins’ agents killed other deal

Report: Julius Thomas traded to Dolphins

Joe Mixon likely to go undrafted in April?

Belichick officially updates boat’s name to ‘VII Rings’

Canseco warns humanity about robot takeover in Twitter rant

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rick Ankiel drank vodka before pitching in 2000 NLDS

Kings throw shade at Cousins in press release announcing trade

Report: Jets tampered with Revis through private phones, secret meetings

Calipari shoots down talk of him leaving Kentucky for Pelicans

Report: Carmelo prefers trade to Clippers or Lakers

Report: Kings blowing up roster, putting Darren Collison, Ben McLemore on block

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher with 200 or more wins since 1961

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker