The San Francisco 49ers finally found the end zone in the second half.
They also got back in the win column, as the team edged past the Philadelphia Eagles 26-21 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. With the win, the 49ers improve to 2-2 on the season.
‘The defense turned in a real gem,” said head coach Jim Harbaugh after the team’s defense racked up four turnovers and didn’t allow a single point.
San Francisco endured a shaky start to the afternoon. After going three and out on the first series, the Eagles blocked a punt on the goal line to grab an early 7-0 edge.
In the first half, Philadelphia also scored on an 82-yard punt return from Darren Sproles and a 53-yard pick-six from Malcolm Jenkins to take a 21-13 lead into the half without scoring a single point on offense.
On the first drive of the second half, Stevie Johnson hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass to bring the 49ers within a point. Phil Dawson then connected a pair of fields goals as the 49ers opened ups 26-21 lead. On the afternoon, Dawson was 4-for-4 on kicks.
The Eagles came within two yards of jumping ahead in the closing minutes of the game. On fourth and goal, Nick Foles sailed his pass over the head of Jeremy Maclin, as the 49ers took over on downs.
Frank Gore, who was a non-factor a week ago, had a big day at Levi’s Stadium. The running back went for 174 total yards including a 55-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
“I think there were a lot of people who had a great effort, and certainly none more than Frank.”
“Great effort by him,” said Harbaugh of Gore’s touchdown reception. “The speed, the angle, the way he got it in the end zone was something.”
“But he’s a savvy player, and made a Frank Gore play.”
Note: Anthony Davis exited the game in the second quarter with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Vernon Davis was knocked out in the third quarter with a back injury.