Cincinnati's inability to convert third downs, along with bad penalties on both sides of the ball, will be this team's undoing. With 8:57 remaining in the game, the San Francisco 49ers offense began pushing the ball downfield. Alex Smith completed a 12-yard pass to Josh Morgan, kicking off their eventual score that will take the lead. And it wasn't just the passing game; Kendall Hunter and Frank Gore each posted multiple long runs of over 10 yards.
With 5:30 left in the game at Cincinnati's 27-yard line, Alex Smith faked a handoff left and rolled out right. Smith stopped and fired a pass to his left to a wide-open Vernon Davis, picking up 20 yards on the play with Frostee Rucker sprinting downfield to prevent the touchdown. Gore was stuffed at the line of scrimmage for no-gain setting up a second-and-seven with 4:04 left in the game. Smith hands off to Kendall Hunter on second down, finding massive lanes with great blocks on the Bengals defense that couldn't shed away, scoring a touchdown and giving the 49ers a 10-6 lead with just under four minutes left in the game.
On the very first play during Cincinnati's important possession to reclaim the lead, Andy Dalton threw a pass towards the right sidelines where Carlos Rogers was waiting for the intended pass for Andre Caldwell. Cincinnati's defense forced the 49ers to go three-and-out on the ensuing drive.
The 49ers elected to have David Akers convert a 52-yard field goal with 2:16 left in the game, giving San Francisco a seven-point lead on a 10-point forth quarter by the 49ers.