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Thumbs up: Smith, Hunter deliver in crunch time

Which way does the thumb turn for the 49ers after their 13-8 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals, including RB Kendall Hunter coming up big, an atrocious performance by the OL, safety Reggie Smith diving, QB Alex Smith persevering, TE Vernon Davis performing, a relentless defense rattling Andy Dalton and getting stingy in the red zone, OG Chilo Rachal's meltdown and much more? Check inside.

Thumbs up: With Frank Gore having about as off an off day as he ever has, the 49ers went to rookie Kendall Hunter with the game on the line, and Hunter came up big. Hunter popped two first-down runs to get San Francisco's only touchdown drive moving midway through the fourth quarter, then finished the drive with a seven-yard burst into the end zone to put the 49ers ahead to stay on a day when... Recommended Stories