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10 - 3 Final
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49ers hold on to top Bills

Nov 30, 2008 - 10:23 PM ORCHARD PARK, New York (Ticker) -- Shaun Hill found Isaac Bruce for a 12-yard touchdown in the first quarter and the San Francisco 49ers held on for a 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Hill finished with 161 passing yards and Frank Gore rushed for 66 yards for the 49ers (4-8), who had lost seven of their previous eight contests.

"It gives us confidence. These guys are working hard trying to do all the things we're asking them to do," San Francisco coach Mike Singletary said. "When you stay together, work together, fight together, win together, it's something that is very rewarding."

"Before you become a playoff team, it's big to come into an environment like this to win a football game," Niners linebacker Takeo Spikes added. "This really shows our true character."

Ryan Lindell hit the left upright on a pair of field goal misses for the Bills (6-6), who have lost five of their last six games. Lindell, who missed from 20 and 40 yards, had made 53 straight field goals of 40 yards or less entering this contest.

"The first one I tried to aim it a little bit too much, tried to get it off quick, get it up in there and that's what happens when you aim," Lindell said. "The second one I just didn't hit the ball well. It had the distance but who cares if you don't hit it straight."

San Francisco marched right down the field on the opening possession of the game. Hill capped the 14-play, 72-yard drive by finding Bruce near the pylon for an easy touchdown with 6:51 left in the first quarter.

From there, it was all about defense and special teams.

"Defensively, we would have liked to do a better job stopping the run, but they did a good job," Singletary said. "They executed well. Thankfully, we made the plays we needed to."

Joe Nedney drilled a 50-yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the first half as the 49ers took a 10-0 lead into the break.

The Bills were without starting quarterback Trent Edwards, who left the game with a groin injury. J.P. Losman did not fare much better.

"Trent hurt his groin early in the game, just couldn't push off on the right side, couldn't get any velocity on the ball, couldn't throw it," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "So that was the reason for the change. Maybe should of done it earlier in the game but stayed with it until halftime."

Marshawn Lynch gained 134 yards on 15 carries and set up Buffalo's lone score, a 22-yard field goal by Lindell.

"I'm sorry we lost the game," Jauron said. "If we convert in the red zone, that may or may not be concentration. All I know is we have to make more plays. I can't tell you for sure what it's a lack of other than play-making."

San Francisco, which managed just 195 yards from scrimmage, sealed the win by stopping the Bills on a 4th-and-15 with less than 90 seconds to play.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    SAN FRANCISCO 7 3 0 0 10
    BUFFALO 0 0 3 0 3 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, ISAAC BRUCE 12 YD PASS FROM SHAUN
    HILL (JOE NEDNEY KICK), 8:09.
    Drive: 14 plays, 72 yards in 8:09.
    Key plays: Gore 4-yard run on
    3rd-and-3 to San Francisco 39; S
    Hill 16-yard pass

    Nov 30 4:02 PM
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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 3 0 10
    BUFFALO 0 0 3 3 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, ISAAC BRUCE 12 YD PASS FROM SHAUN
    HILL (JOE NEDNEY KICK), 8:09.
    Drive: 14 plays, 72 yards in 8:09.
    Key plays: Gore 4-yard run on
    3rd-and-3 to San Francisco 39; S
    Hill 16-ya

    Nov 30 3:25 PM


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    FG BUF
    RIAN LINDELL 22 YD
    SAN FRANCISCO 10
    BUFFALO 3 8:54 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    49ers 10, Bills 3  3rd - 8:54Nov 30 2:59 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 3 10
    BUFFALO 0 0 0 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, ISAAC BRUCE 12 YD PASS FROM SHAUN
    HILL (JOE NEDNEY KICK), 8:09.
    Drive: 14 plays, 72 yards in 8:09.
    Key plays: Gore 4-yard run on
    3rd-and-3 to San Francisco 39; S
    Hill 16-yard p

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    FG SFO
    JOE NEDNEY 50 YD
    SAN FRANCISCO 10
    BUFFALO 0 0:11 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    49ers 10, Bills 0  2nd - 0:11Nov 30 2:24 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    SAN FRANCISCO 7 7
    BUFFALO 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, ISAAC BRUCE 12 YD PASS FROM SHAUN
    HILL (JOE NEDNEY KICK), 8:09.
    Drive: 14 plays, 72 yards in 8:09.
    Key plays: Gore 4-yard run on
    3rd-and-3 to San Francisco 39; S
    Hill 16-ya

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    TD SFO
    ISAAC BRUCE 12 YD PASS FROM SHAUN HILL
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    SAN FRANCISCO 7
    BUFFALO 0 6:51 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    49ers 7, Bills 0  1st - 6:51Nov 30 1:14 PM
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