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Offense Without 5 Starters, Dominate the Giants
Kyle Shanahan proves once again that he is an offensive wizard. He lead the San Francisco 49ers to victory 36-9 over the New York Giants on Sunday without 5 starters on the offense. This team looked as though it hadn’t lost a step and dominated the game from the start. To be fair, they were playing the Giants who haven’t looked great this year, but it was the second game on the east coast in two weeks for the 49ers who head back home to take on the Eagles this Sunday.
The offense was without Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Deebo Samuel, and George Kittle this week. The good news is that most of the list should be back soon and some as early as Sunday. Jimmy G and George Kittle had a chance of playing this week, but ultimately sat out for more rest. Obviously the team faired just fine without every one.
Nick Mullens ties Franchise Record with Joe Montana
Nick Mullens got the start at quarterback and went 25 of 36 for 343 yards and a TD. He tied a franchise record with Joe Montana by throwing for over 220 yards in 9 consecutive starts. The two running backs who stepped in and shared the back field had a decent day. Combined, Jerik McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr had 26 carries for 53 yards and 6 catches for 93 yards. What made their day productive was is they both produced touchdowns on the ground and Wilson Jr caught one as well. Brandon Aiyuk was the star in terms of receiving. He caught 5 passes for 70 yards and ran the ball 3 times for 31 yards and a touchdown. We knew Shanahan would have to be creative this week and he did exactly that.
Defense Holds Giants to 20 Minutes of Possession
Defensively the 49ers never really were threatened. With guys like Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Richard Sherman, Dee Ford, and Dre Greenlaw out for the game, the depth of this defense showed and held the Giants offense to just 20 minutes time of possession. The Giants were without their superstar running back Saquon Barkley, who went down for the year with an ACL injury. Fred Warner (86.5) and Arik Armstead (79.5) graded the highest from Pro Football Focus (PFF) this week and for their performance. Both players continuously put pressure on Daniel Jones and forced the ball out of his hand quickly.
San Francisco took care of both New York teams in consecutive weeks. They actually have more wins (2) at MetLife Stadium in New York than the Jets and Giants (0) combined this year. The 49ers play their next three games at home against Philadelphia, Miami and the LA Rams before headed back to the east coast to take on the Patriots in Week 7. This team will use these next couple weeks to heal up and get back to full strength as they make another Super Bowl run.
Stats & Notes
- Nick Mullens ties Joe Montana 49ers record for 9 consecutive starts with over 220 yards passing.
- McKinnon & Wilson Jr combine for 3 TDs.
- Defense holds Giants to 20 minutes time of possession.
- SF has more wins (2) than both New York teams combined (0) at MetLife Stadium.
- 49ers play next 3 games at home.