Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Shanahan breaks down the 49ers’ thinking that left the Packers with time on the clock

Rohan Chakravarthi
Sep 27, 2021 at 4:40 PM--

On Sunday night, the San Francisco 49ers trailed the Green Bay Packers for practically the entire game, as the Packers held the lead until 37 seconds were left in the game.

To gain the lead, Jimmy Garoppolo threw a checkdown to fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who muscled forward for 12 yards and the touchdown. As soon as the score happened, the immediate focus went to whether the 49ers left too much time on the clock for Aaron Rodgers, aaaaaand they did.

Rodgers came back, firing two passes to Davante Adams to get the Packers into field goal range, allowing Mason Crosby to kick the 51-yard field goal and win the game 30-28 for Green Bay.

When asked about the 49ers last drive, Kyle Shanahan acknowledged that the plan was to keep the ball until the end of the game, rather than scoring and giving Rodgers the ball.

"That's why we worked really hard not using any timeouts on that entire drive," Shanahan said this afternoon on a conference call. "We wanted to run it down. No one wants to give it back to Aaron. I'm also not going to tell Juice to not try and score. You try to dictate that with some play calling. That's why we had a choice route called, which is a five-yard in-route or out-route based off of leverage by [Mohamed] Sanu. And if he's not open, you're just going to go hit it to Juice on your checkdown."

Shanahan directed the play call to get inside the ten-yard line with fewer than thirty seconds left to have full control of the clock, but Juszczyk fought through defenders for the touchdown off of the checkdown.

"Usually, checkdowns at their best are about a five-yard gain, but Juice ran a hell of a checkdown, and then ran over two people to score," Shanahan explained. "We had three timeouts, so I'm not telling Jimmy [Garoppolo] to run it down yet. You want to get that under 30 seconds and inside the 10-yard line, and then you can control it with your own three timeouts.

"But the only other option would have been to tell Juice not to score, which is something that you wouldn't do. I mean, it took us seven plays in the second quarter to score from inside the 11. Five plays from the one to score. So you want to make sure you get those plays and everything, but we definitely weren't expecting to score on that play."

The loss puts the 49ers at 2-1 on the season as they are in line for a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks next weekend at Levi's Stadium. They follow that matchup with another division opponent in the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Week 5 before their bye week in Week 6.

Related News

Nobody's perfect. Did you find a mistake in this article?
Report it.

More San Francisco 49ers News

Kyle Shanahan breaks down the 49ers' play that saw Trey Lance stopped at the goal line vs. Cardinals

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Oct 12

Rookie quarterback Trey Lance made his NFL debut Sunday and the day came with its ups-and-downs, as the 49ers failed to execute on offense, leading to a 17-10 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. Lance was featured heavily, as he threw 29 passes and ran the ball 16 times for 89 yards, which was questionable, given the amount of contact he faced in the game. One of those controversial plays came on 4th & Goal at the ARI 1 in the second quarter, with the 49ers looking to score a touchdown down 7-0. Running play-action, Lance faked the handoff to Elijah Mitchell and rolled to his right, electing to try and run for the score rather than passing the ball once his first read, the halfback, wasn't available. He was met by two Arizona linebackers, Isaiah

Kyle Shanahan: Expect less of 49ers rookie Trey Lance in the shotgun vs. Cardinals

By David Bonilla
Oct 9

NBC Sports Bay Area's Greg Papa says Trey Lance has only been under center four times this season. NFL stats reports eight snaps from under center, per our own Chris Wilson. Regardless, the number is low. Three of those snaps came on passing plays against the Seattle Seahawks last weekend. The rest of the time, the San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback has lined up in the shotgun, forcing opponents to defend him as a potential runner as well as a passing threat. Lance played most of his collegiate snaps from under center. It sounds like fans can expect him to do so again on Sunday against the division-leading Arizona Cardinals. "He'll be under center more now that he'll be playing the whole

49ers-Cardinals: Trey Lance 'disappointed' by wasted opportunities, Kyle Shanahan seeks improvement

By David Bonilla
Oct 10

The San Francisco 49ers have now lost three consecutive games after starting 2-0. They remain in last place in the NFC West as the Arizona Cardinals improve to 5-0. The game was Trey Lance's first start. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out as he hoped. The rookie quarterback was playing for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) and finished 15-of-29 for 192 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. After the 17-10 defeat, Lance was asked how he felt about his first start. "The defense kept us in it, for sure," Lance told reporters. "I mean, the [Cardinals] offense is very explosive. They make a lot of big plays, and our defense definitely gave us a shot. So, we've got to capitalize, got to do better, make more plays. "Obviously, disappointed.

Kyle Shanahan says 'nothing's changed' with 49ers' QB situation, hopes Jimmy Garoppolo gets healthy, responds to Rapoport report

By David Bonilla
Oct 10

Kyle Shanahan is hopeful that his quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, recovers enough from his calf injury to be available after the bye week. It sounds like the quarterback will have an opportunity to return as the starter for Week 7's matchup against the Indianapolis Colts after Trey Lance started in his place this weekend. Shanahan spoke with reporters after today's 17-10 defeat at State Farm Stadium. He was asked if anything has changed regarding the team's quarterback situation. On Friday, the coach declared that Garoppolo would have been the Week 5 starter had the quarterback been healthy. "No, nothing's changed," Shanahan told reporters. "That was just one game. It was a tough loss right there, and I'm going to talk to our whole team tomorrow and think about how


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone