. . . of history. Well, we all saw what we saw. A young team make enough mistakes to blow a game they very well should have won. The problem is, the biggest mistakes were by a couple of vets. namely Alfred Morris and Pierre Garćon. Morris actually fumbled on two consecutive plays on the 2 yard line. He of course lost the 2nd one. Garćon dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone a couple drives later to end another drive.
Add to that a drop by Dante Pettis in the end zone that he should have fought for, and a perfectly thrown ball to George Kittle that he misjudged and dropped for a would-be 80 yard score. That mistake was followed by a bigger mistake when Kendrick Bourne ran a hitch instead of an under route, and the ball went inside instead of out for an easy pick 6, and Garoppolo missing a wide open Kittle in the end zone late to settle for another red zone field goal.
The defense played well enough to win this game, but the offense didn’t. Still and all, after the mistakes and fuckups, they still had a shot late to tie. Jimmy ended that thought with a throw into triple coverage.
The good news is the pass rush was solid early, and the defense did its job for the most part.We held their run game in check, and stopped their dink-and-dunk offense well enough to win this one. Minnesota is no offensive juggernaut, but the offense left them hanging more than a few times with the turnovers and missed opportunities. Kittle and Pettis, but for their drops, still both had solid games as Pettis caught a prefect pass from Garoppolo in the back of the end zone for the only 49er TD in the 3rd quarter, and Kittle had 5 catches for 90 yards. 6 for 170 would have been a lot nicer though.
The hope here is that this will be a learning experience. The team HAS to execute much better in the red zone. And they have to stop with the mental errors. Solly Thomas’ jumping offsides on 4th down was beyond stupid.
We come home next weekend for a battle with the Detroit Lions. Hoping for a much better result. Go Raiders! It would be something to see every NFC West team lose in the first week.