RUN DEFENSE: Eagles gave up 131 rushing yards, including 101 to Frank Gore. But they shut the Niners down in the fourth quarter. Juqua Parker sniffed out the Delanie Walker reverse that put the Niners in the third-and-18 hole that set up Quintin Mikell's interception.
PASS DEFENSE: Eagles struggled again aga inst another tight end. But they shut the Niners' passing game down in the fourth quarter, forcing three takeaways out of J.T. O'Sullivan, including a pair of big interceptions by Quintin Mikell and Juqua Parker.
SPECIAL TEAMS: David Akers had four field goals, but the 54-yard attempt at the end of the first half that was blocked and returned for a TD was nearly cataclysmic. They also gave up an early 45-yard punt return to Allen Rossum that set up a score.
OVERALL: Niners offensive coordinator Mike Martz kept Jim Johnson's defense off balance for the better part of three quarters. But the fourth quarter was a gut check that may have saved the season.