Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Rapid Reaction to the 24-16 win over the Rams

Matt Andruscavage
Oct 18, 2020 at 9:12 PM0



It was difficult on the heart at times, but tonight's 24-16 win over the Rams was HUGE for the 49ers, who now have a 3-3 record and are back in the division and playoff races.

1) The offensive line really took care of business


After a number of poor performances in 2020, the offensive line came together and put forth its best performance of the season. Jimmy Garoppolo took zero sacks and only a few pressures/knockdowns at most. Daniel Brunskill probably had the biggest rebound of anyone on the unit as he saw Aaron Donald the most and really held his own against the best defensive player in the league.


Everyone on the line played well including tight end Ross Dwelley who threw a number of key blocks. This was a grinder and the 49ers won in the trenches thanks to a performance that speaks to the heart of this team.

2) Jimmy Garoppolo bounced back very well


This was, overall, a terrific night for Jimmy Garoppolo. He didn't have to throw deep, but the gameplan was sound, the receivers did their job getting yards after the catch and for the most part, Garoppolo made the throws he needed to make.


Yes, there were a few misses, some of which were simply dropped by the receivers, but zero turnovers, more fire behind his throws, and he even had a an important run. The truth is, whether people will admit it or not, Jimmy Garoppolo is a great leader, has a lot of heart, and is a good quarterback. It is only a matter of time before he grows into what we all want him to be.

For now, tonight was a big win and Jimmy Garoppolo was a huge reason the 49ers got the win.

3) The defense balled out


I cannot say enough about this defense. Though extremely short-handed, this unit kept Jared Goff from carving it up and until 4 minutes left in the game, held the Rams to 9 points.

Jason Verrett is the defensive comeback player of the year. He has been huge all season and his drive-crushing interception in the end zone was exactly the kind of play the defense needed. Verrett is starting to look like he did a few years ago when he looked to be developing into a dominant player.

Fred Warner continues to show why he will likely be a first team All-Pro with his ability to make tackles and prevent big plays. Dre Greenlaw was equally as tough as he led the team with 8 tackles. The pass rush was able to get some pressure, but while this is an issue, the unit as a whole was able to provide really good coverage, gave up very few big plays, and was able to get off the field most of the game.

4) This was definitely Kyle Shanahan's best coaching performance of the season


Shanahan coached a great game today. He put Jimmy Garoppolo in the best position possible to succeed, especially given the injury. Getting the ball out quickly and doubling Donald pretty much took Donald out of the game. Switching to JaMycal Hasty after losing Mostert was huge. Hasty has a lot of burst and finishes runs similar to Mostert. It was one of Shanahan's best decisions of the day.

The playcalling was much better, the clock management was very good, and we didn't see anything really questionable.

Where do we go from here?


The 49ers are back in the race, they are getting healthier overall, and have some momentum to build upon. The team showed it still has a lot of championship character and should be a contender if it can survive this rash of injuries and difficult upcoming opponents.

Tonight's injuries included Raheem Mostert (ankle), Jaquiski Tartt (groin), and Ben Garland (calf). Hopefully none of these are severe and others like Richard Sherman will make their way back next week against the New England Patriots. For now, enjoy the win!
The views within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



Former 49ers GM likes Trey Lance over Zach Wilson

By David Bonilla
May 5, 2021

Scot McCloughan spent two seasons as the San Francisco 49ers general manager, helping build the roster eventually taken over by Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh. Before that, he was the team's VP of personnel. Matt Barrows of The Athletic spoke with McCloughan to get his opinion of his former team's most recent draft class. While his pre-draft grades had Zach Wilson, whom the New York Jets selected at No. 2, rated higher than Trey Lance, the 49ers' pick, McCloughan would have personally selected Lance over Wilson. He wouldn't have, however, traded two future first-round picks to move up to get him. The inexperience at North Dakota State and the level of competition created too many unknowns. But personally, he still liked Lance more than



49ers' Trey Lance tied for 3rd-best odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year

By David Bonilla
May 2, 2021

Right now, new Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence owns the best odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, per DraftKings SportsBook (h/t to Patrick Tulini). Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has the second-best odds. There is a tie in third place between Zach Wilson of the New York Jets and Trey Lance of the San Francisco 49ers. At least two of those names are likely to be starters during their upcoming rookie campaigns. Lance may not be. With only 17 games of collegiate experience on his resume, the former North Dakota State quarterback is expected to sit and learn behind veteran Jimmy Garoppolo for at least the 2021 season. That was the reason behind holding onto Garoppolo. "I



ESPN analyst believes Trey Lance can win Offensive Rookie of the Year

By David Bonilla
May 6, 2021

It's only been a week since Trey Lance was drafted No. 3 overall by the San Francisco 49ers. However, one ESPN analyst, Matt Miller, is already touting the young quarterback as a potential 2021 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. It is worth noting that Miller is a lifelong 49ers fan, so that may influence his opinion. But there is certainly a lot of excitement surrounding Lance's potential within head coach Kyle Shanahan's creative offense. Mel Kiper went with Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts as his choice. Todd McShay went with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris. Louis Riddick picked Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. "Great choices guys, but this is still a quarterback league,"


Featured

More by Matt Andruscavage

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone