They came, they saw, they conquered. With a grain of salt on the “conquer.” Survived might be closer.
Grumpy did a nice post-game write-up Sunday night, so we’ll let him carry the ball here:
The defense looked very good at times, especially the pass rush. The run defense wore down in the 4th quarter and if not for Winston’s boners might have come up short. The offense was very streaky too. WAY too many penalties and bonehead mistakes. How the Hell can you line in the Neutral Zone multiple times? The fricking ball is RIGHT THERE next to you!
Hopefully a lot of this is rust getting knocked off and by Game 3 we’ll look more solid.
Witherspoon has got his mojo back. He looked like the promising rookie instead of the Lost Guy from last year. Moore made one major impact play. Dickhead is still getting by mugging people and I’m not sure the league will keep letting him get away with it this year.
Most concerned about the O-line interior. Tomlinson got absolutely rag dolled on the 4th down play, Richburg still isn’t healthy, and Person is a journeyman doing his best.
Still: It’s a Road Win, and an East Coast one at that. And a game where we looked pretty ugly at times, but found a way to win anyway. Been a few years since one of those.
A few more observations:
Someone should have warned Tevin Coleman about the 49ers injury jinx before he signed up last offseason. A guy known for durability promptly injured his ankle in this game and watched it from the bench. And the running game wasn’t much to watch, either. 32 attempts for 98 yards and 3.1 piddly yards per carry. The passing game wasn’t much better. Jimmy Garoppolo was 18 for 27 and 166 yards, with a passer rating of 80.2.
FA LB offseason acquisition Kwon Alexander got a game ball afterwards. Not sure what the message for that was. He dropped an interception that hit him in the hands and got tossed out of the contest in the first quarter. Maybe it was for beating the FA jinx by playing a game without tearing his ACL like the first two year’s FA guys have done.
The team had 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, and four takeaways. That was the first game since the Harbaugh era with that combination of defensive prowess and already eclipses last year’s historic ineptitude of 2 ints all season and minus a whole bunch in the t.o. department. We head to the second game plus 2 in turnovers.
All in all, this was a game the 49ers needed to win if they want to start getting some respect. And they did. Baby steps.