Although the Tennessee Titans got Jake Locker back from injury this week, they may have been better served letting their starting quarterback get another week of rest as Locker and his Titans were harpooned by the San Francisco 49ers Sunday evening.
While the scored remained relatively close after the first quarter (3-0, San Francisco) the 49ers unleashed an offensive attack in the second quarter scoring fourteen points off a Colin Kaepernick touchdown scramble which was followed by a Frank Gore touchdown rush.
The 17-0 halftime lead would extend just moments into the third quarter thanks to another Frank Gore rushing touchdown as the Titans were carved up on the ground for 153 yards on the day.
For Tennessee, they were able to put up a solid rushing average against the normally stout front seven for San Francisco as Chris Johnson averaged 4.3 yards on just 9 limited carries considering they were trailing all afternoon. Still, it was the Colin Kaepernick show as he tossed for 199 yards and rushed for 68 en route to the 49ers blowout win.
The Titans weren’t expected to win, however, given their solid play against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6, many expected the game to be a bit closer. That wasn’t the case though as after the relatively close first quarter, the Niners took charge and never took their foot off the gas. Tennessee did put in an early fourth quarter field goal to save themselves from being shutout, which would have been the first time they were held scoreless in three seasons. Another late 66-yard screen pass to Chris Johnson for a touchdown along with a Niners fumble recovery in the end zone and a Titans touchdown pass were added in garbage time as the two teams were trying to play out the clock.
The victory pushes San Francisco to 5-2 while Tennessee falls to 3-4.