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3-0, 1st in NFC West
Sherman and the 49ers' defense is something to build on (0:42)

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

By rule of the most important stat in football -- turnover margin -- the 49ers not only should have lost to Pittsburgh on Sunday, they probably should have lost handily. Instead, these Niners again found a way to win and for as ugly as it might have been, it was a victory they wouldn't have gotten a season ago. Overcoming five turnovers and coming up with timely drives and a pair of takeaways of their own yielded the team's first 3-0 start since 1998. "It's just the mindset of the locker room," quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. "Complementary football... that's how you create a good football team. We're getting there." Indeed, there's still plenty of work for the 49ers to do moving forward, work that begins even on next week's bye. But the early returns indicate this is a team that's finally moving in the right direction.

Garoppolo breaks down 49ers' game-winning TD (0:28)
Sherman: 49ers beat Steelers on trust in each other (0:30)
Garoppolo throws game-winning TD to Pettis (0:16)
Wilson powers in for 2 49ers TDs (0:33)

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers find themselves incredibly fortunate to be down just 6-3 at the half as they turned the ball over four times to the Steelers with no takeaways of their own. The Niners moved the ball well offensively but couldn't get out of their own way with two interceptions and two lost fumbles. Clearly, that's something they'll have to clean up in the second half, though history isn't on their side. Since 2009, a team has been minus-4 or worse in the opening half 20 times. Only twice has one of those teams overcome that to win. Silver lining for the Niners: It's happened as recently as Week 1 when the Bills did it against the Jets.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers will have DE Dee Ford, who is active after dealing with knee/quad issues this week. Ford will have plenty of recovery time after this game as team has Week 4 bye. Good news for the Niners defensive line as they attempt to get after Steelers QB Mason Rudolph in his first NFL start.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers inactives today against Pittsburgh: QB C.J. Beathard, WR Jalen Hurd, DB Jimmie Ward, RB Tevin Coleman, DL Jullian Taylor, OT Joe Staley, OT Sam Young.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers injury report for Sunday against the Steelers: Out -- LT Joe Staley (fibula), WR Jalen Hurd (back), RB Tevin Coleman (ankle). Questionable -- DE Dee Ford (quad/knee), S Jaquiski Tartt (toe), FS Jimmie Ward (hand/finger), DE Nick Bosa (ankle).

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Niners put WR Taylor on IR, add Young to aid OL

The 49ers have surprisingly placed wide receiver Trent Taylor on IR in a move designed to create roster space for the addition of Sam Young, who will help bolster depth on the offensive line.

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Joe Staley was part of a double-team on just 16% of his blocks so far this year — the lowest among qualified tackles, according to ESPN pass blocking metrics powered by NFL Next Gen Stats. The 49ers — whose pass protection has been much improved this season — will clearly miss being able to leave him alone on an island.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers practice report for Thursday: DNP - DE Dee Ford (quad), OT Joe Staley (fibula), WR Trent Taylor (foot), WR Jalen Hurd (back), RB Tevin Coleman (ankle). Limited participation - S Jaquiski Tartt (toe), FS Jimmie Ward (hand/finger), DE Nick Bosa (ankle).

Cruz likes Jimmy G to lead 49ers to the win (0:50)
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Sherman: Players dictating moves good for all

San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman said Thursday that players aren't the only ones benefiting from the increasing trend of players forcing trades to teams they prefer, pointing out the excitement of such trades benefits the league as a whole.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers CB Richard Sherman said Thursday he believes the developing trend of players taking ownership in their futures leading to big trades is good for the game. "I'm sure the owners don't like that," Sherman said. "I don't think they ever like to give up any power or for players to flex their power but I think it's good for the game. It's good for the game to have some differences. I don't think we've had this many trades in one year of this caliber of players in probably 10 years or so." Sherman added that teams aren't putting as much value in first-round picks and starting to bet more on known quantities than in the past. He also believes that the way things are going now could lead to teams taking greater care to make sure their players are happy and thus less volatile.

Kittle starts every game day with letters from his dad (1:37)

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers practice report for Wednesday: Did not participate - DE Dee Ford (knee), OT Joe Staley (fibula), WR Trent Taylor (foot), WR Jalen Hurd (back), S Jaquiski Tartt (toe), RB Tevin Coleman (ankle). Limited participation - FS Jimmie Ward (hand/finger), DE Nick Bosa (ankle).

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Team Stats

Passing Yards235.019th
Rushing Yards178.54th
Points For36.03rd
Points Against17.0