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18 quick observations from the 49ers’ south of the border beat down of the Cardinals

Marc Adams
Nov 22, 2022 at 7:14 AM--



The San Francisco 49ers are rolling. They're rolling on offense, they're rolling on defense. And on Monday night, they rolled over the Arizona Cardinals, winning 38-10.

The crowd in Mexico City was about 85% 49ers fans, and they made plenty of noise. Fortunately for most of that crowd, the 49ers gave them a lot to cheer about.

Here are my observations from the game:

  • I guess hits to the head only get called when the 49ers do it. The officials missed an obvious one on the 49ers' first drive when George Kittle took a shot to the head.
  • The first touchdown to Brandon Aiyuk was pretty. Great throw and catch.
  • The route by Aiyuk was nasty.


  • Speaking of Aiyuk, he's becoming a force. He had two touchdown catches in this game. I hope the 49ers can find a way to keep him when his contract is up.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo was cooking in this game. He really was great, finishing with four passing touchdowns, and a 131.9 passer rating.


  • Nick Bosa has 10.5 sacks in 9 games. He's good.
  • Deebo Samuel looked like Deebo Samuel in this game. For those who have told me he looks fat, out of shape, and slow—he's not.
  • The San Francisco defense gang tackles better than any in the league. They swarm to the ball.
  • Elijah Mitchell has looked great running the ball the last two games. He didn't touch the ball very much on Monday night, but when he did, he made an impact.
  • Trent Williams was throwing people around. So much for tipping plays.
  • Williams and his fellow offensive linemen had a great night. No sacks allowed.


  • Christian McCaffrey is such a devastating weapon out of the backfield. He had seven catches and 106 total yards. He is a safety blanket for Garoppolo, and what they are doing with him as a receiver is deadly. It reminds me of how Mike Shanahan used Ricky Watters, and how Bill Walsh used Roger Craig.
  • The 49ers' defense was great. The 49ers' offense was even better. When is the last time someone wrote that?
  • Dre Greenlaw is a beast. He looks like he's been shot out of a cannon every play.
  • Is Talanoa Hufanga the greatest blitzer of all time? He's so good at it.


  • DeMeco Ryans' halftime adjustments were outstanding for the third game in a row. The defense has pitched three consecutive second-half shutouts.


  • The George Kittle breakout game. Two big touchdown catches, and 84 receiving yards.
  • How good is Brock Purdy? He turned the wrong way on a handoff, and almost ran for a first down.
  • The 49ers dominated this game just like we've all been waiting for them to do. Now they're in first place in the NFC West and are 4-0 in the division.


Up next for the 49ers: the New Orleans Saints in Levi's Stadium.
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