Volatile 49ers facing GPS-type game at Dallas

The 49ers under interim head coach Mike Singletary have shown a little bit of everything. The Seattle Seahawks destroyed the Niners in Singletary's first game. Then the 49ers hung tough but sustained a last-minute meltdown against NFC West-leading Arizona. And, last week, the 49ers thrashed the woebegone St. Louis Rams. Therefore, the 49ers game against Dallas this Sunday could be a GPS-type game.

Their global position among the other teams in the NFL will be a little easier to detect after playing against the Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Sunday.

"That's outstanding," Singletary said when asked about the prospect of playing four of their next five games on the road.

"If all the rest of the games are on the road, that's fine with me. We have to go into some tough situations and play football. That's only going to help us get better."

After the 49ers face the Cowboys, they return to the road against the Buffalo Bills. The 49ers return home Dec. 7 to face the New York Jets before traveling to Miami and St. Louis to conclude the road schedule.

"We just have to build on what we've started against Arizona," cornerback Walt Harris said. "Obviously, we didn't get that win with Arizona, but that's what we're building on, and we want to come in and just keep building on the momentum that we have. Everybody is playing as one and playing as a team. Hopefully, that carries over for us."

Singletary has a lot to prove in his final six games as interim head coach. Safety Mark Roman presented Singletary with his first game ball after an NFL coaching victory. The 49ers led the Rams by 32 points at halftime before holding on for a 35-16 victory.

"He's such an unselfish guy," Roman said. "He would never think that he was doing this for himself. I think one of the things everybody respects about him is he's always going to be honest with you."

There appears to be a growing sentiment in the locker room for Singletary to hold onto the permanent job in 2009. Singletary was named to take over for the fired Mike Nolan through the end of the season on Oct. 20.

"I want coach Singletary around for as long as he wants to be here," 49ers tight end Vernon Davis said. "I think he's a great coach."

Davis became the first example of Singletary's old-school style of coaching. Singletary banished Davis to the locker room at the start of the fourth quarter when Davis was called for unnecessary roughness after catching a 7-yard pass against the Seahawks.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This is not being a Mike Singletary team. This is our team. And if we don't understand that then Mike Singletary's going to come up really short." -- Coach Mike Singletary.

LINEUP WATCH: Slot receiver Jason Hill has played well in two games since taking over for injured Arnaz Battle. Hill, a third-round pick in 2007, has nine catches for 115 yards in the past two games.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES
--- RB Frank Gore rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries against the St. Louis Rams. The 49ers are now 11-4 when Gore rushes for more than 100 yards. It was his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. He now has gained 834 yards on the season.
--- QB Shaun Hill became the first 49ers quarterback in club history to post a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in the first half. Hill threw for 192 of his 213 yards in the first half, as the 49ers bolted to a 35-3 lead against the St. Louis Rams.
--- WR Bryant Johnson got the start with Josh Morgan out of action with a groin strain. Johnson caught a team-high four passes for 56 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown grab. It was Johnson's second touchdown of the season. He has just 23 catches for 281 yards on the season.
--- RB DeShaun Foster got his most extensive playing time of the season, as he gained 17 yards on 10 carries. He also caught two passes for 40 yards. However, Foster also lost a fourth-quarter fumble.
--- TE Vernon Davis had just one catch for 2 yards, but it went for a touchdown. Davis has now caught touchdown passes in back-to-back games. Davis is fifth on the team with just 18 catches for 216 yards this season.



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