20 Sep Five Takeaways From the 49ers Win vs the Eagles
That was another nail-biting win for the San Francisco 49ers! In what was a defensive slugfest, they found a way to leave Philadelphia with a win. There’s a lot of takeaways from the game, so let’s get right into it!
Defense Showed Up
The 49ers defense — without Dre Greenlaw and Jason Verrett — held Jalen Hurts and the Eagles offense to 11 points! It was an impressive outing, especially after the Eagles put up 32 points on the Atlanta Falcons in week 1. I was worried about having to defend a mobile QB like Hurts, and although he did have 82 rushing yards & a TD on 10 carries, the 49ers defense held up. He tested cornerbacks Josh Norman and Deommodore Lenoir (R) early and often with deep passes, but aside from a couple throws they held their own. Having Javon Kinlaw back in the lineup helps a lot — and not just on defense too, as he blocked a FG attempt as well. The most impressive series to me was the fourth & goal stop. After Hurts connected with Watkins for a 91-yard catch and run, the defense stood tall and kept Philadelphia out of the end zone. After a pass interference called on Josh Norman in the end zone provided a fresh new set of downs at the SF1, it was an extremely impressive series by DeMeco Ryans and the defense. It honestly gave me flashbacks of the goalline stop against the Los Angeles Rams from two seasons ago.
Deebo Samuel, WR1
For the second straight week, Deebo Samuel was the best offensive player on the field for the 49ers. He was all over the field and had some incredibly tough catches. He snagged a ball out of the air that ended up going for 40 yards to put the team in position to score and take the lead right before halftime. With Brandon Aiyuk still not at 100% (apparently), it is nice to have a player like Deebo Samuel on the field giving it his all. He finished the day with 93 yards on 6 receptions, and has been Jimmy Garoppolo’s go-to target so far this season. He has solidified himself as the best receiver on the team, at least for now.
I hate being that guy that blame the refs for everything, but it seriously needs to be said. The officiating this season has been abysmal. There were no-calls, ridiculous calls and tick-tack calls that were a total stretch. Nick Bosa continues to be held on more snaps than not, and even still he can’t get the refs to throw the flag. Philadelphia’s offensive line was committing false starts all morning, and was only called for it when half of the entire line moved early. There was also an illegal crack-back block called on WR Mohamed Sanu that killed the first promising drive of the day for the 49ers that was really questionable to say the least. It backed the 49ers up 15 yards that ultimately ended the drive. There was an unfortunate unnecessary roughness called on DB Jimmie Ward as he hit QB Jalen Hurts late out of bounds after a long run. I understand that’s the rule, but we’ve seen QBs consistently use that rule to their advantage and fake going out of bounds only to stay in and continue to get more yardage after the defender let up. I’m not sure exactly what can be done about this, but it just doesn’t seem fair to me competitively speaking.
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries…
I don’t know what it was exactly that the 49ers did to piss off the football gods, but it must have been really bad. Specifically, the running back unit was hit the hardest. Starting back Elijah Mitchell (R) suffered a shoulder injury, but did end up returning to the game. Kyle Shanahan later said he hopes it is just a stinger based on how Mitchell reacted to it. JaMycal Hasty also suffered ankle injury and did not return. The most unfortunate injury to me has to be Trey Sermon (R). After calling to see him in the game all morning, I finally got my wish. Unfortunately it only lasted one play, as he took three hits to the head after an 8-yard run. It took the rookie a while to get up, but after he walked off under his own power, he quickly went into the locker room and was diagnosed with a concussion. Kevin Givens also suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter. The 49ers simply cannot stay healthy.
Jimmy Garoppolo – Up & Down
Jimmy Garoppolo had a very shaky start to the game, leading the offense to three three & outs to start. The 49ers failed to get a first down in the first quarter for the first time since Chip Kelly was the head coach. Some of the passes were too high, some didn’t have enough velocity, others were late or behind the receiver. Luckily, he was able to get it together right before halftime and lead the 49ers on a scoring drive to take the lead, largely due to a 40-yard catch and run by Deebo Samuel. However, that was a great pass by Garoppolo that hit Deebo right in stride. He’s also lethal when it comes to the QB sneaks (half-joking). He showed enough mobility to get the job done with his legs when he needed to. I thought it was interesting Kyle Shanahan said at half he doesn’t think we’d see Trey Lance in this game (we did not), especially with how poor Jimmy G. had played up until then. Yet again, it’s the tale of two Jimmys. Which one is the real one? Only time will tell.