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Offense Rolls From the Start
On October 31, 2017, Jimmy Garoppolo was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a second round pick when it seemed like Tom Brady was going to be around in New England for a few more years. Fast forward three years almost to the date, he got his revenge against his former team and coach. Even though it wasn’t a huge surprise to see the 49ers dominate the game, it had to have been nice for Jimmy G to win the game in this fashion.
To start the game, the 49ers put together a 9 play 75-yard drive that was topped off with a 3-yard touchdown run by Jeff Wilson Jr. According to CBS Sports, this was the first time the Patriots have allowed an opening drive touchdown since 2016. Wilson Jr finished his career day with 112 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground, but unfortunately left the game with a high-ankle sprain. The 49ers also lost wide receiver Deebo Samuel to a hamstring injury after he tallied 65 yards on 5 catches. Head coach Kyle Shanahan believes both guys will miss some time, indicating that Wilson Jr will go on the IR.
More Injuries on Offense
This San Francisco team has been riddled with injuries every week, but has seemed to put together a next man up mentality that works. Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk logged his best receiving day of the year, catching 6 passes for 115 yards. He looks to be the top target outside of George Kittle for Garoppolo to use moving forward. Aiyuk has a similar skill set to Deebo in terms of they are explosive with the ball in their hands. Shanahan has used him as both a receiver and handing him the ball in a few jet sweeps. The rookie receiver was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Defense Produces Second Great Game in a Row
On the defensive side of the ball, the 49ers intercepted New England quarterbacks a total of four times. Cam Newton got the start for the Patriots, but was ultimately benched for Jarrett Stidham after totaling 98 yards and three picks. Fred Warner lead the way with seven tackles and one of the interceptions. He has been an absolute monster in the middle of this defense.
Jamar Taylor recorded his first and second interceptions of the season, picking off both Newton and Stidham. He is the first 49er to have two interceptions in a game since 2014. The defensive backs for San Francisco have put together back to back great outings after the blowout loss to Miami in Week 5. In total, SF held the Patriots to under 250 total yards on less than 5 yards per play. This defense looks to keep the momentum next week against division rival Seattle.
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a tough loss on Sunday Night Football to the Arizona Cardinals. This game seemed to be in hand a number of times in the game, but the Cardinals never quit. The Seahawks are bringing one of the hottest offenses in the league, so the San Francisco secondary will have their hands full. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett just posted a 15 catch 200-yard and 3 touchdown performance so look for the 49ers to figure out a way to slow him down. Seattle also rosters second year wide receiver phenom DK Metcalf who has been a mismatch for almost every defensive back he has lined up against this year.
The NFC West now features 3 teams who have 5 wins and the 49ers who have 4. This is definitely one of best divisions in all of football so every matchup will be important here moving forward of San Francisco wants to make another Super Bowl run.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 25, 2020
Stats & Notes
- Garoppolo gets his revenge against his former team and coach
- Jeff Wilson Jr posts a career day with 115 yards and 3 TDs
- Offense loses Wilson Jr and Samuel due to injury
- Defense intercepts NE quarterbacks 4 times
- Jamar Taylor records first 2 interception games for SF since 2014
- SF moves to 4-3 on season
- 49ers take on Seattle Seahawks on Sunday