49ers' secondary soaring now

  • 10/7/2013: C1:

    PC: Tramaine Brock of San Francisco gets his second interception of the night against the Texan's Andre Johnson, Sunday Oct. 6, 2013 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

SANTA CLARA — Carlos Rogers has seen the San Francisco 49ers' secondary come a long way in his three seasons with the team, and admits that the revamped unit is playing as well as it ever has during that span.

That's still not quite good enough for Rogers and his crew. The 49ers rank second in the NFL in pass defense, an indication to the Pro Bowl cornerback that they can do a little better.

"Our goal is to be No. 1 back there," Rogers said Friday. "Each and every time we step on the field, we talk about competing, getting the ball back and being the best."

The 49ers were at their best during last week's 34-3 rout of the Houston Texans, who entered that game with the NFL's fifth-ranked offense. San Francisco limited the Texans to 182 yards passing and made three interceptions, two of them by nickel back Tramaine Brock, who was voted NFC defensive player of the week for his performance.

Brock, making big plays for the second consecutive week in place of injured nickel back Nnamdi Asomugha, returned his first interception 18 yards for a touchdown on the game's third play to get the 49ers rolling toward their most lopsided victory of the young season.

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