Smith matched a career-high with three TDs and his 309 yards were two shy of a career-best. But the turnovers. Oh, the turnovers. His fourth-quarter fumble all but decided the game.
Frank Gore had two fumbles and averaged 2.9 yards on 18 carries. Brian Westbrook, in his now-common cameo, had six yards on one carry.
Wide receivers/tight ends
Michael Crabtree (career-highs of 9 catches, 105 yards and a TD) and Vernon Davis (5, 104, TD) were brilliant. Dominique Zeigler flashed his terrific hands on a 20-yard first-half reception.
Pressure wasn't a huge problem (2 sacks allowed), but the Niners managed just 74 rushing yards and 3.4 yards a carry against the NFL's 27th-ranked run defense. Rookie Anthony Davis had two false-start penalties and fellow rookie Mike Iupati was beaten for a sack.
Justin Smith had the sixth game of his career with at least two sacks, but Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (18 carries, 92 yards) had plenty of room to roam.
Manny Lawson delivered a sack and a forced fumble and Travis LaBoy registered his third sack of the season. But there were plenty of missed tackles, too. Rookie NaVorro Bowman whiffed badly on Kevin Kolb's 19-yard run in the third quarter.
Kolb was quieted after a hot first half. Safety Dashon Goldson made a nice play to break up a fourth-and-1 pass in the third quarter. Shawntae Spencer was burned for a 41-yard gain by Jeremy Maclin.
Ted Ginn was electric — his 44- and 61-yard kickoff returns led to touchdowns. Joe Nedney missed a 40-yard field goal, which, as it turns out, was rather significant.
It has practically become their motto in recent weeks: They have to stop shooting themselves in the foot. And then they commit five more turnovers and tack on 10 penalties. For some reason, the message isn't getting through.