The San Francisco 49ers now lead the Buffalo Bills 38-3. Colin Kaepernick scored on a 16-yard touchdown run in the latest bit of horrendous defense from Buffalo. In a horrific bit of torture, there's still 9:55 to go in this... well, it's not a game, really. This circumstance? Event? Shellacking? Shellacking. Yeah, shellacking.
The 49ers now have 552 yards of offense, which means that the Bills don't have a defense. They just do not. They have 11 guys lined up that are apparently comprised of vapor and light, because they sure as heck don't seem like they're made of solid matter. Or maybe they're just bad. Yeah, they're bad.
Seriously, though: the 49ers have a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers for the first time in 51 years. That's the Bills' defense right now - they're allowing the craziest records conceivable to be broken. Some of these records being set sound like they're being made up on the spot.
I was going to update this StoryStream when the third quarter ended, but I figured I'd just wait until the San Francisco 49ers scored again. 48 seconds into the fourth quarter, they did, with Alex Smith connecting with Mario Manningham for an 10-yard score to extend their lead to 31-3.
Continuing the mind-boggling stat parade, the 49ers are now up to 490 total yards of total offense. Smith is 18-22 for 303 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has not been sacked. The ground game, paced by Frank Gore (96 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries), is up to 187 yards on the day. Buffalo couldn't stop a lingerie league football team right now.
The best stat of them all: in their last five-plus quarters, the Bills have been outscored 76-10 by the 49ers and New England Patriots. It's extremely fair to argue that in that time frame, the Bills have been, by far, the worst team in the NFL.
Only 14 minutes to go, and then we can kill off the hangover on a national holiday. Just the way we wanted to spend it.
On the scoring drive, the 49ers got plays of 24 yards (Alex Smith to Vernon Davis on another wheel route over Arthur Moats), 31 yards (a Frank Gore run to the weak side away from a Bills blitz) and 15 yards (a Colin Kaepernick designed run). Gore capped the drive off with a one-yard dive, and the 49ers are now up by three touchdowns.
Making matters worse for Buffalo: San Francisco committed two penalties on the drive (a false start and a hold). That's how horrendous the defense has been today.
San Francisco is up to 401 total yards of offense on the day. 9:06 remains in the third quarter. If you thought last week's defensive performance against the New England Patriots was bad, well, welcome to this week, Bills fans.
Goodbye, momentum: just moments after they tied the game up at 3-3, the Buffalo Bills now trail the San Francisco 49ers 10-3 after an incredibly annoying two-play scoring drive from the 49ers.
Seriously: two plays. Alex Smith hit Michael Crabtree on a 36-yard catch and run on a play fake, and on the following play, Kyle Williams got open deep and scored on a 43-yard play that was easily the worst play in the young playing career of Aaron Williams.
The entire drive took 38 seconds to complete. Ladies and gentlemen: the Buffalo Bills defense.
In more good news, right guard Colin Brown - a last-minute addition to the starting lineup just prior to kickoff - has been injured in some fashion and is in a good deal of pain on the sideline, per WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia. That means that Chad Rinehart, the original starting right guard that was removed from the lineup with a calf issue, is back in. If Brown can't return to the lineup, the Bills will be down to six healthy linemen on the active roster.
The Buffalo Bills have tied the San Francisco 49ers at 3-3 early in the second quarter thanks to a methodical 75-yard drive that kicker Rian Lindell capped off with a 31-yard field goal. The drive took 12 plays and consumed just over five minutes of game clock.
Stevie Johnson (14-yard reception), C.J. Spiller (12-yard run) and Scott Chandler (20-yard reception) had the big plays on the drive, with rookie wide receiver T.J. Graham chipping in a nine-yard reception to convert on a third down. Chandler's lengthy reception came on a seam route; he got 20 yards down the field and camped right in front of former Bills safety Donte Whitner, on whom Chandler has a nine-inch height advantage.
To this point in the game, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been very efficient, completing 8-of-12 passes for 72 yards through about 20 minutes of game time. He did, however, throw a pass slightly behind Donald Jones on the final play of the drive; a better throw may have led to a first down or perhaps even a score.
The 49ers put up a 19-yard David Akers field goal on the second drive of the game - though it could have been far worse for Buffalo, considering they gave up 72 yards on successive plays to Frank Gore (19-yard run) and Vernon Davis (53-yard reception) during the drive. The Bills, keyed by Nick Barnett, made two goal line stops to prevent the Niners from nabbing an early touchdown.
Leodis McKelvin had a punt return for a touchdown called back on a Jairus Byrd holding penalty, and then the Bills squandered a possession in 49ers territory when McKelvin returned a kickoff 59 yards. That drive resulted in a Shawn Powell punt from San Francisco's 42-yard line after a failed Wildcat play and a blown up screen pass.
Buffalo has the ball to begin the second quarter. Go Bills!
On the first two plays of the 49ers' second possession of the day, Gore ripped off a 19-yard run off of left guard, and then Davis got loose on a wheel route behind Buffalo's secondary on a play fake for a massive 53-yard gain. That set San Francisco up deep in Bills territory.
Mercifully, Buffalo's defense stiffened at that point in time. Faced with a 2nd & Goal on the one-yard line, linebacker Nick Barnett stuffed Gore on two short-yardage attempts (with help from teammates on both plays, of course), and the 49ers were forced to settle for a 19-yard field goal from David Akers.
Leodis McKelvin, who has already had a punt return for a touchdown called back due to penalty, returned the ensuing kickoff into 49ers territory. Buffalo's offense is looking to improve on their first drive, when they went three-and-out.
Chad Rinehart, who had been pegged to replace regular starting right guard Kraig Urbik (high ankle sprain) all week, was a random Friday addition to the injury report, listed as questionable with a calf injury. It seems very logical that his calf has flared up despite the fact that he's active; as such, Brown will start at right guard, Rinehart will play only if necessary, and Buffalo's line looks even scarier now than it did all week.
Brown will still be the primary backup center on the day, as well.
This game is under way, by the way. San Francisco got the ball first, and aided by an early holding call went three-and-out. Leodis McKelvin scored a touchdown on the ensuing punt return, but that play was called back on a Jairus Byrd holding penalty.