The 2020 49ers are 3-0 on the east coast. Seems like we win handily out there. Another fairly easy victory against a team that was supposed to be a lot better than they showed. As Belichick himself said, we were outcoached, outplayed, out hustled, out everythinged.
Sure, Cam Newton looked completely lost as I think he hit on 2 nice passes amid the 3 picks and numerous bounced attempts. The run game was off, and even the QB runs were negated. Belichick walked up to him early in the 3rd quarter and apparently said “you’re out” as Jarrett Stidham came in and actually did a little bit worse.
The defense played well, but that was because the QBs were flat terrible. Edelman had one catch and 3 targets. Don;t know if it is because Fig hasn’t had enough time to absorb the new system, or if he’s toast, but it was an ugly game all around for him. ANd Stidham.
So, a nice easy road win, right? Of course not. Every victory seems to come with a huge price tag. Backup to the backup to the backup, Jeff Wilson, was having a career day as he had put up 112 yards on 17 carries and 3 TDs when he was rolled up during the last TD run, and is out for a while with the dreaded high ankle sprain, and Deebo Samuel pulled a hamstring on a pretty innocuous looking sweep.
Jimmy G looked fairly solid as he went 20-25 for 277 and 2 picks. He even hit a deep 35 yard pass to Brandon Aiyuk, who had a very nice 6 catches for 115 yard day. My only issue is the pass wasn’t thrown inside more. If so, the pass is an easy TD, and we don’t lose Jeff Wilson one play later. One pick was an end-of half hail Mary, but the other was an overthrow of Kittle over the middle.
All in all a solid game that was hyped as the comeuppance of the prodigal QB by his former teacher, but it ended up being the student schooling the master. The Shanahans continued their legacy of being a thorn in Belichick’s side.