With their full complement of offensive weapons in tow, the 49ers are well served to possess the football.
Not having it proved even more fruitful on Sunday night.
With its defense recording four turnovers – including two interceptions by nickel cornerback
With the teams’ first matchup since 2009, the 49ers (3-2) have now won two straight games, while the Texans (2-3) have dropped three straight games.
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Through three quarters, the 49ers were outgained by their guests in yards (255 to 169) and first downs (15 to 13) yet still were more than in control of the game.
Matt Schaub’s ineffectiveness under center was a significant reason why. The Texans quarterback, who was replaced by backup T.J. Yates, to start the fourth quarter, threw a pick-six for a fourth straight game. On the third play after kickoff, Brock returned the first of Shaub's three interceptions for an 18-yard touchdown.
Playing in place of injured veteran
The fourth-year pro, originally an undrafted free agent, had two interceptions in 2011 but did not record a single pick last season.
During the Texan’s fourth drive, Brock was matched up one-on-one with Johnson, whom 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio called the Texans first Hall of Fame player earlier in the week, when Brock knocked a Schaub pass a few feet into the air above him before snatching it. Brock returned his second pick 13 yards, to the Texans 32-yard line.
Four plays later, on just the third 49ers offensive possession of the game, reserve running back
The defense nearly recorded its third turnover with almost four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Rookie safety
But the defense, which was playing without six-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker
The unit also lost defensive tackle
Randy Bullock ended the shutout bid with a 41-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
The franchise’s all-time leading rusher finished the night with 81 yards on 17 carries and a one-yard touchdown that came on the team’s first possession, a 12-play, 65-yard journey that chewed up almost six minutes of game time.
Then, continuing the theme of the night, cornerback
All told, San Francisco scored 24 points off the four Houston turnovers.
The 49ers host a division rival, the Arizona Cardinals, in Week 6. With the Seattle Seahawks (4-1) losing in Indianapolis in Week 5, the 49ers are now one game back of first place in the NFC West.