Quarterback Shaun Hill and running back Frank Gore complemented each other with excellent games. Hill made the most of his first NFL start by completing 21-of-28 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. Gore ran 29 times for 138 yards as the 49ers held a nearly 12-minute advantage in time of possession.
The Bengals will have their first losing season under coach Marvin Lewis. ... Palmer's 52-yard touchdown pass in the first half was the 100th in his career. Palmer is the fifth fastest in NFL history to reach the 100-touchdown milestone, behind Dan Marino, Kurt Warner, Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning. ... T.J. Houshmandzadeh set a Bengals club record with his 101st reception of the season, passing the mark set by Carl Pickens who had 100 in 1996. ... When the 49ers took a 10-point lead with 54 seconds left in the third quarter, it was only the second time this season San Francisco held a 10-point lead (Week 12 at Arizona).