Power or no power, the Niners shined bright as they fought their way to a victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night, 20-3. Despite two power outages that delayed the game, San Francisco’s defense was the best it has been all season.
The 49ers took advantage of the sprained ankle that Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered this week. Strong running defense maintained San Fran’s hold on the game and ultimately aided in their historical success. The Niners became the first team in NFL history to hold the opposing team without allowing a rushing touchdown through each of their first fourteen games.
The defense was highlighted by Rookie of the Year candidate Aldon Smith, who had 2 sacks during the game. Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and Dashon Goldson made interceptions.
For Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger completed 330 yards and threw quite a few interceptions. He managed to finish with 330 total yards, but was sacked three times.
This home game means a lot to San Francisco, qualifying them as NFC West champions. They will host a home playoff game next month at Candlestick Park once again. Officials are confident that the next game will be free of black outs, but fans in attendance should bring flashlights just in case.