Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/21/11
In what should have been considered the most anticipated game of the week, sorry Tebow, San Francisco took it to the defending AFC Champions beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3. The game was delayed twice due to power outages at the stadium, but that was overshadowed by the 49ers play on the field. San Francisco won mostly with their defense forcing four turnovers and sacking quarterback Ben Roethlisberger three times. Rookie defensive end Aldon Smith recorded 2.5 of those sacks which brings his total to 13 sacks on the year. Other end Justin Smith continued to make an impact all over the field and recovered a fumble.  The 49ers, who already had the number one scoring defense in the NFL, lowered its total points allowed to 13.2 a game. The win should certainly provide the NFC's best defensive team with a bode of confidence going into the playoffs. It also keeps the 49ers in second place in the NFC which means a first round bye. Pittsburgh did move the ball effectively on offense wi...
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