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49ers Get Back to .500
After is a disappointing outing against the Miami Dolphins last week, the 49ers looked much better on Sunday night. San Francisco took on the Los Angeles Rams at home and controlled most of the game. The offense moved the ball with precision despite losing starting running back, Raheem Mostert early in the second half. Injuries have plagued this team, but they have managed to bring their record back to 3-3.
Offense Bounces Back With Big Night
Jimmy Garoppolo has the highlight on offense for the 49ers. After being benched last week, he looked like his old self completing 23 of 33 passes for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is the first San Francisco quarterback to throw for 3 touchdowns and 200-plus yards in the first half since Jeff Garcia did it in 2003. He was recovering from a high ankle sprain that looked like it altered his performance last week.
George Kittle brought in 7 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, with the biggest play coming on a 4th down. Kittle broke loose from the defense for a 44 yard touchdown on a 4th and 2, early in the second quarter. This brought the score to 14-0 and allowed the 49ers to control the clock from then on.
The dynamic wide receiver duo Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk both caught touchdown passes from Jimmy G in the first half. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has been extremely creative in how he gets the ball into his playmakers hands. The amount of play action, motion and overall deception Shanahan uses makes it impossible for defenses to key in on one player. With all the injuries, he has done a great job spreading the ball around. A total of 5 players had at least one rush and 8 players caught at least one pass.
Defense Holds Rams to 16 Points
Defensively, Fred Warner has been an absolute monster and last night was no different. The Rams use a lot of motion and deception similar to the 49ers, but Warner as flying around making tackles. According to Pro Football Focus, he was running just over 20 yards for each tackle he made. The Rams game plan attacked the edges of the defense, but Warner never let that happen.
With All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman still on IR, guys like Jason Verrett have stepped up huge. Last night he was only targeted on 6 out of the 36 drop backs. Verrett allowed 1 catch for 4 yards and grabbed an interception on a 4th down and goal attempt by the Rams. He made big plays while covering Robert Woods, some that would have changed the outcome of the game if it went the other way.
San Francisco has their work cut out for them over the next 6 weeks, playing 5 teams that made the playoffs in 2019. These teams are combined for a .698 winning percentage this year as well. It is by for the hardest schedule in the NFL during this stretch. Getting back on track against the Rams on Sunday night could be the pivotal moment in this 2020 season. They are waiting on an injury updated for Mostert, but guys like Jeff Wilson Jr and Jerik McKinnon have stepped up over the last few weeks. JaMycal Hasty carried the ball 9 times after Mostert exited so he’s another one to watch as well. Next up for San Francisco is the New England Patriots in Foxborough.
This man is ready. @gkittle46
— NFL (@NFL) October 18, 2020
Stats & Notes from Week 6
- Jimmy G throws for 268 yards and 3 TDs
- Kittle snags 7 passes for 109 yards and a TD
- Mostert exits early with injury
- Jason Verrett has allowed a passer rating of 7.8 (best in NFL)
- Defense holds Rams to 16 points