An 18-play, 89-yard scoring drive that took off 9:32 sealed the deal in San Francisco’s 32-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
The 49ers picked up several key short-yardage conversions on the drive that resulted in a 6-yard touchdown run from
“We kept getting three and four yards and popping plays here and there,” center
Harbaugh was most pleased about the series, the one that allowed the 49ers to win time of possession 34:19 to 25:41.
“I thought our players toughed it out when they had to, that was a great example of that in this ball game,” the 49ers coach said after his team picked up its third consecutive victory and improved to 4-2 on the year.
San Francisco picked up third-down conversions from a number of different contributors in the fourth-quarter series. The first came on a 6-yard pass to
The biggest conversion, however, took place on a 4th-and-1. A quick hand-off to fullback
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“On a quick hitter like that, I could see right away where I was going to go,” Miller, the third-year pro said. “I knew exactly where I was going, right behind
Miller’s conversion led to five-straight
Two plays later, Hunter capped the long drive with a surge up the middle where he collided with Cardinals rookie free safety Tyrann Matheiu. The player known as "The Honey Badger" was driven into the end zone by Hunter on the final two yards of the run.
“I understand what he means,” Goodwin said when asked about the latest Harbaugh-ism. “It’s like almost running into a brick wall over and over again to see what you get.”
Five different players earned first downs on the drive.
“It's a tribute to our guys up front,” Miller said. “They played lights-out all game. That's on their shoulders.”
Gore finished the game with 101 rushing yards, 81 of which were picked up in the second half, 41 came on the game-sealing drive.
“It was huge,”
The 49ers quarterback calmly led the difference-making drive that made it a two-possession game with 6:35 left to play.
“That was what we said in the huddle, we have to go down the field and score” Kaepernick explained.