Head coach Mike Singletary said during his Monday press conference that he is at his best when his back is against the wall and times are tough. Apparently, the 49ers defense can say the same thing.
“We came out there and showed what this defense is made of,” said safety
The 49ers needed every one of the five interceptions to pull out the much needed win, including
“Our defensive backs coach did a good job helping us out with our keys and they told us that Olsen is a big threat in the red zone,” Lewis said. “They like to take him vertical a lot and I was playing the vertical route and sure enough, we got it.”
While turnovers helped end the game, they also helped get the 49ers on the scoreboard as well. In the second quarter, Cutler looked for receiver Devin Hester who slipped on his cut. Third-year cornerback
“I was just trying to make a play,” Brown said. “The guys told me I should have stayed to the left side, but I was trying to bring back my running back skills.”
And Brown wasn’t the only 49ers player who tried to show off his offensive skills Thursday night.
When the Bears were threatening early in the second quarter, nose tackle
“I knew I had those hands,” Franklin said. “Nobody thought I’d get out there and cover. It was a blessing to make that play.”
Even the 49ers defensive backs were impressed by Franklin’s pass-catching ability. After all, it was Franklin’s first career interception.
“That came out of nowhere,” Goldson said. “I didn’t know he had those hands. I saw him dropping back a couple times, but they didn’t throw his way. He made the most of his opportunity. I’m juiced for him.”
Similar to Brown, Franklin also appeared eager to get up the field as the 317-pound lineman tried to get around the corner.
“After his first two steps, I thought he was going to get some yardage,” said Safety
Even without a 98-yard touchdown return by Franklin, it was a tremendous night for the defense. It was the first time since a 1997 game against the New Orleans Saints that the 49ers picked off at least five passes.
“It’s funny because I have been on a team that’s [picked off five] before,” linebacker
The rest of the defense was equally excited, looking to keep the momentum going in the second half of the season.
“We’ve just taken a step,” said Lewis. “We’re going to continue to fight, continue to believe in the system and believe in coach Singletary. He is going to leads us.”