The San Francisco 49ers heavily defeated the Cleveland Browns, 31-3, on Monday night as the only undefeated team of the NFC and only maybe quiet the questions about the validity of their perfect record (4-0).
From the beginning, they dominated Cleveland, rushing for a season-high of 275 meters, dominating Baker Mayfield in defense, causing five turnovers, and hosting almost a festival which sent a signal to the rest of NFL.
The Browns are definitely not the New England Patriots (5-0), the only other unbeaten NFL team. Nonetheless, Cleveland (2-3) is a talented group that on paper seemed to be the most formidable opponent of the 49ers, after having won in Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, this season.
Perhaps we should reconsider this and reshape the first victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers— who blew past the L.A. Week 4 Rams — as sufficient quality.
In any case, before a rough crowd at Levi’s Stadium, there was no argument about the 49er heft.
Next question: are they enough valid to win the West NFC? You can think about this on Sunday when you join the Rams at the L.A. Coliseum.
The 49ers ran into the ground, so to speak, with the Browns getting scrumpled for 275 yards on the ground as part of a 446-yard offensive output. The omen came with the first offensive snap in San Francisco when Matt Breida broke off an 83-yard touchdown run. Breida finished 114 yards, while Tevin Coleman finished 97 yards.
Both threatened to become the first pair of 49ers that rushed for 100 yards in the same game since the San Diego Chargers were battled on Dec. 20, 2014, by Frank Gore (158) and Colin Kaepernick (151).