Superlatives from the 49ers' 8-1 start

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Superlatives from the 49ers' 8-1 start

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers extended their win streak to seven games, the franchise's longest since 1997. The club went on to win 11 consecutive games and finished with a 13-3 record.The 49ers' 8-1 record is also their best record since 1997, which was Steve Mariucci's first year as head coach.Here are some other facts following the 49ers' 27-20 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday:
--Jim Harbaugh became the third coach in 49ers history to open his career with an 8-1 record. He joins Mariucci and George Seifert (1989).--Quarterback Alex Smith led another fourth-quarter comeback, as the 49ers opened the final period trailing 13-12. It was Smith's fourth fourth-quarter comeback this season. He is tied with the Giants' Eli Manning for the league lead this season.--When Smith hit Michael Crabtree for a two-point conversion, it marked the 49ers' first successful two-point try since Sept. 20, 2010 against the New Orleans Saints.--The 49ers have not allowed a rushing touchdown in 10 games, which is tied for third in franchise history. The team-record is 13 games, a streak which began in 1985 and ended in 1986.--The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 31 games. It's the fourth-longest streak in the NFL since the start of the 2000 season. The Baltimore Ravens (2006-09) went 39 games. The last time an opponent gained 100 yards against the 49ers was Nov. 22, 2009, when
--Green Bay's Ryan Grant was the last player to gain reach triple-digits against the 49ers' run defense. He had 129 yards on 21 attempts in the Packers' 30-24. However, there was a game last season against Kansas City when both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones nearly reached the century mark. Charles had 97 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Jones added 95 on 19 tries.
--The 49ers lead the NFL in run defense, allowing 73.2 rushing yards per game.--Kicker David Akers is 5-for-5 on kicks from beyond 50 yards this season. Cleveland's Phil Dawson (6-for-6) and Jacksonville's Josh Scobee (also 5-for-5) are the only other kickers with as many attempts who are perfect from 50-plus yards this season.--Akers is tied for first in the NFL with 23 field goals, and he ranks tied for second in the NFL with 91 points on the season. Akers is on pace to break Jerry Rice's franchise record of 138 points (1987).--Akers' surprise onside kick in the second quarter marked the first time the 49ers recovered an onside kick since Dec. 23, 2007. Delanie Walker, who recovered the kick Sunday, also came up with Joe Nedney's kick in 2007.--Walker tied his career high with six receptions. He had 69 receiving yards.--Vernon Davis' touchdown reception was the 33rd of his career, tying him with Brent Jones for most TD catches among tight ends in franchise history.--Davis has started 68 consecutive games, ranking as the third-longest active streak behind Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (79) and Dallas' Jason Witten (76).--Cornerback Carlos Rogers recorded two interceptions in a game for the first time in his seven-year career. Rogers has a career-high five interceptions, tying him for the NFL lead with Kyle Arrington (New England), Eric Weddle (San Diego) and Charles Woodson (Green Bay).--Rogers' two interceptions marked the first time a 49ers player had two picks in the same game since Walt Harris, Nov. 25, 2007, against the Arizona Cardinals.--The 49ers broke up six passes, giving them 66 for the season. The 49ers rank No. 1 in the NFL in that department. The Houston Texans and Raiders have 58 passes defensed.--Defensive end Justin Smith has started 164 consecutive games, dating back to his rookie season in 2001. His streak ranks third among defensive players and fifth among all NFL players.--Long-snapper Brian Jennings has played in 185 consecutive games.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.