Week 10: 49ers Finally Get a Win
The monkey is off their back as the 49ers finally get their first win of in the Kyle Shanahan regime.
Giants 21 49ers 31
It’s been over a year since the San Francisco 49ers won a football game. 49ers Head coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch were given six-year deals to reboot the franchise and finally got their first win under the “Brick by Brick” rebuild.
After the 49ers’ offensive line allowed quarterback C.J. Beathard to get hit 16 times last week, it was a complete turnaround against the Giants. Left tackle Joe Staley returned from injury which allowed Trent Brown to slide back to the right side. The result? Zero sacks allowed by the entire unit. Beathard was able to get three mississippi’s worth of time, resulting in 288 passing yards for three touchdowns (one rushing), one interception, on a 76 percent passing completion rate. This was probably his best game of the season as the offense was finally able to punish the opposition with completions down the field.
Play of the Game
49ers’ receiver Marquise Goodwin, just hours earlier, had found out that his unborn son would not make it. He suited up anyways and really came through for the team. Goodwin has struggled with drops all season but his moment would not be denied in the second quarter. With the 49ers down 3–6 and the Giants dialing up another blitz, Beathard had enough time to find Goodwin on a deep post route — and they finally connected. It was the “quick-six” play that Shanahan had been trying to scheme all season and it finally came to fruition on Goodwin’s catch-and-run over Giants’ Jenoris Jenkins in single coverage.
The Kids Can Play
All in all, this 49ers’ rookie class has stepped up to the challenge this season. While the results have been mixed early—they have a 1–9 record — we’re starting to see early returns on both sides of the field. Whether their starting jobs were earned or force from attrition, I count a total of nine rookies that are playing significant roles this season. Running back Matt Breida and receiver Kendrick Bourne were undrafted rookies.
49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, and free safety Adrian Colbert played all 66 defensive snaps on Sunday. A healthy Foster finished with double-digit tackles for the second consecutive game. Bourne started opposite of Goodwin and had three catches for 42 yards.
Between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants, you could see two franchises heading in completely different directions despite both being 1–9. The 49ers have been playing hard all season and it finally came to fruition after losing by less than three points in five consecutive games. It hasn’t always been positive but we’re starting to see the 49ers’ rebuild heading in the right direction. I’ll be intrigued to see who they bring under center between quarterbacks C.J. Beathard or Jimmy Garoppolo after the bye week.
The San Francisco 49ers have a bye week but host the Seattle Seahawks after in Week 12.