SAN FRANCISCO – Here is what Jim Harbaugh said at his post game press conference after the 49ers beat the Dolphins.
Q: Can you talk about Colin Kaepernick’s 50-yard TD run at the end of the game?
HARBAUGH: Great call by Greg. It was a great third down conversion. We’ve been struggling on third downs. Good to get that one to pop. To get the touchdown was great. It was better than having to punt it back to Miami at that point.
Q: He didn’t run it much. Is this his call throughout the game, whether to hand it off or run it?
HARBAUGH: It varies. Sometimes it’s a called run where he’s just going to hand it off. Sometimes he’s got the option to hand it off or pull it or throw it.
Q: Can you talk about the spark LaMichael James gave your offense?
HARBAUGH: Yeah. I think he was fantastic and did a great job running the football. I thought he made positive yards that were there, plus he had a little extra burst through the hole.
Q: Why are we seeing him for the first time in Week 14?
HARBAUGH: That’s a good question. Frank Gore is also a tremendous back. If you didn’t notice, Frank had another phenomenal game – the screen, the catch and run he had was huge. We ended up making a fourth down conversion on that. That run I think was about a 20-yard pickup by him. Some great running throughout the game. Another great effort blocking, doing everything that Frank does.
Q: The offense did have some struggles putting points on the board in the first half? Were you happy in general with the offense?
HARBAUGH: These games are really hard. Miami is a heck of a team. We knew that going in. It was going to be tough to move the football on them. You have to stay patient, but we also took our shots. I thought our offense played winning football.
Q: What’s the latest on Demarcus Dobbs’ knee injury?
HARBAUGH: We’ll see. We might have dodged a bullet. He may miss some time.
Q: What did you like best about the defense today?
HARBAUGH: A lot of things. They gave up some yards, some drives, but this is a good Miami offense and we got the stops when we needed it. I thought we tackled well. A big turnover on special teams.
Q: Your offensive coordinator seemed to make adjustments in the second half. Was it mostly going to that pistol?
HARBAUGH: That was part of the plan. We used that in the first half. I thought Greg called a great game like he always does. We had a good plan. Our guys believed in the plan and they executed it well.
Q: Were you happy with Kaepernick’s decision making throughout the game?
HARBAUGH: I was. I thought he did a good job. Thought his ball security was better in the pocket even though he did fumble one time. Thought that was an improvement. Thought he managed the game well.
Q: What happened on the sacks?
HARBAUGH: We got beat a couple times, just got beat up front. One time for sure, he got fooled by the coverage. So, there are three of them.
Q: A lot of timeouts with the clock running down. Were there communication issues?
HARBAUGH: It seemed like it took a long time to get the play called in the huddle and get up to the line of scrimmage, then we had a shift and a motion – we just didn’t have enough time to get it all inside the 40-second play clock so we had to use a timeout. Not good. Not the way you want to use your timeouts.
Q: Can you talk about Culliver on the back end?
HARBAUGH: Yeah. He made some big time breakups. Made the great play on the deep ball when we needed it.