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Brock's Two Picks Lead 49ers Defense

Posted Oct 6, 2013

Tramaine Brock, San Francisco's new nickel cornerback, enjoyed a career night at Candlestick Park on Sunday.

Tramaine Brock had not walked into the end zone as an eligible ball carrier in four years, since his days at tiny Belhaven University in Mississippi.

He ran into it on a slightly bigger stage Sunday night – Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

The 49ers nickel cornerback recorded two interceptions, returning one for a tone-setting touchdown, in his team’s 34-3 runaway victory over the Houston Texans.


“It was a good feeling, man,” said Brock, not one to seek the spotlight. “Of course, I kept (the ball).”

Playing in place of injured veteran Nnamdi Asomugha for a second straight week, Brock stepped in front of Schaub’s intended target, Andre Johnson, on the third play of the game. He returned the pick-six 18 yards.

“It wasn’t something we saw on film during the week. We always call ‘55’ and run a trap,” Brock said. “We really didn’t know that was going to come right there… We called a trap, so I just did my job, did my technique, and the ball came to me and I made a play.”

Schaub saw it from a different angle, of course.

“We had a play where I liked Andre’s little route inside and (Brock) fell off of Keyshawn (Martin) and jumped the route. He made a good play. I had a good look to go to Andre there.”

Added Jim Harbaugh: “A great way to start the game."

“He’s not a guy that talks just not to hear himself talk... He stepped up huge.”

It was also how they finished it. The 49ers would create four turnovers, three interceptions of Schaub and a fourth-quarter fumble recovery that resulted in 24 points.

The second pick was also courtesy of Brock, who also made two tackles and two late-game pass deflections.

“I just tried to step up in place of the nickel, Nnamdi Asomugha,” he said.

Brock stepped in front of another Schaub pass for his first career multi-interception game – he recorded two interceptions over his first three pro seasons; both were in 2011.

During the Texan’s fourth drive, Brock was matched up one-on-one with Johnson when he knocked a Schaub pass a few feet into the air above him before snatching it. Brock returned this one 13 yards, to the Texans 32-yard line.

“It wasn’t about Matt Schaub because he is a great quarterback,” Brock said, referencing Schaub’s fourth straight game giving up a pick-six. “It was about me playing the defense.”

Brock, who also made the biggest play of the Week 4 win over the St. Louis Rams in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s eyes, was asked whether he felt his career night would net him playing time once Asomugha, recovering from a knee injury, returns to health.

“I’m not really sure,” he said. “I just want to make plays for the team and for myself. That’s up to the coaches and the organization.

“If that’s how you see my game, I guess I could go with it.”

Like during his 2009 season for those Belhaven Blazers, his final as a collegian: Brock returned two of his six interceptions for touchdowns that year before the 49ers signed him as an undrafted free agent.

"They don't compare to an NFL pick-six," he said, "at all."


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