San Francisco • Tramaine Brock is kicking himself for not having a third interception. He came oh so close.
"I wanted it," he said.
R San Francisco’s Tramaine Brock picks off Matt Schaub’s first pass and returns it for a touchdown just 90 seconds into the game.
» Frank Gore runs for a 81 yards and a touchdown.
The San Francisco 49ers turned a prime-time showdown into an all-out pick party at The Stick.
Brock perfectly read Matt Schaub’s first pass of the night, jumped in front for an interception and ran 18 yards for a touchdown just 90 seconds into the game, setting the tone for a stellar defensive performance in a 34-3 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday night.
Things only got better for Brock and San Francisco, and worse for Houston’s beleaguered quarterback. Schaub threw three interceptions in all before being replaced in the fourth — but coach Gary Kubiak said afterward Schaub would remain his starter, for now.
"It’s a broken record right now. It looked the same," Kubiak said. "Hopefully, that’s rock bottom tonight."
Colin Kaepernick tossed a 64-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis and Frank Gore ran for 81 yards and a score in his second straight impressive prime-time game.
Anthony Dixon added a 2-yard touchdown run for the NFC champions, while Brock had a second interception and nearly a third.
Kaepernick went 6-for-15 with 113 yards as the 49ers won their second straight in emphatic fashion following the first two-game losing streak under third-year coach Jim Harbaugh. Kaepernick completed four of his first six passes, then threw seven straight incompletions before connecting with Bruce Miller early in the fourth quarter and then Davis’ TD.
"We’re the 49ers. When we’re on, we can do whatever we want to do," Gore said. "That’s probably the best front we’ve gone through all season, and up front our O-line did the job. If it’s smash-mouth football, we’ll do it."
Brock’s ball-hawking defense was a big reason in this one.
"That’s what we’re striving for, turnovers," he said. "We got them. I just did my job and tried to step up."
He ran his initial interception back 18 yards for his first career pick six, then gained 13 yards on his second pick midway through the second quarter. That set up Dixon’s second TD of the year.
"He made huge plays," Harbaugh said. "It was great to see Tramaine do that. He was in perfect position, playing coverage perfectly on the first play."
Brock said he just stuck with his technique and read both Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson. Brock nearly had a third late in the first half but was called for defensive pass interference, and rookie safety Eric Reid dropped a would-be interception right at him late in the third.
Even fringe defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie — an injury replacement for Ray McDonald — got in on the interception fun in the third quarter.
Schaub’s nightmare, monthlong stretch continued when he threw his first pass of the game for a pick-6, giving the beleaguered Texans quarterback an interception returned for a TD in four straight games.
On the next drive, Randy Bullock hooked a 45-yard field goal try wide left — and the 49ers capitalized afterward again with Gore’s touchdown late in the first quarter.
Bullock produced the Texans’ lone points with a 41-yard field goal in the third.Next Page >
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