San Francisco vs. New Orleans

Chris Graythen / Staff

The Niners win “the Battle of New Orleans” 48 – 46

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December 09, 2019 - 7:00 pm

By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

First – the over/under on the 49ers vs. Saints game on Sunday was 44.5 points. If you put money down on the under, you are banned from betting on NFL games for the rest of the season! I mean – “come on man!” No one saw a total of 94 points coming, but scoring under 44.5 points? That was never a possibility. I am serious. If you took the under, we are closing you NFL wagering accounts for the rest of the season for your own good.

It’s good to win

  • The 49ers are 11-2 which is their best start through 13 games since 1997.
  • The Niners are 3-0 versus the NFC South this season.
  • SF plays their final NFC South opponent this coming Sunday when they host Atlanta at Levi’s Stadium.
  • The 49ers are now 6-1 on the road in 2019.

The “Goulden Leg” is back

There had been considerable concern about kicker Robbie Gould and his performance so far this season. The game on Sunday came to Gould converting a 30-yard field goal with two seconds left on the clock. The veteran kicker put the ball through the uprights with no time left on the clock and his Niners won their 11th game of the year.

Gould went 2-for-2 kicking field goals versus the Saints and was perfect 6-for-6 in the extra point department.

“Jimmy G” isn’t that good

The Monday postgame shows have been crowded with “experts” pontificating about how Jimmy Garoppolo and how he is not that good – he’s not a premiere QB. On Sunday, he completed 26 of 35 passing attempts for 349 yards which was good for four touchdowns. Garoppolo recorded a passer rating of 131.7. He did throw one interception.

Garoppolo was also under center when his team went on its seven play, 63-yard scoring drive that ended in the game-winning field goal.

Is Garoppolo the league MVP? No, he is not. However, what Garoppolo is doing is not a fluke or only a product of the “system”. It is time “Jimmy G” be given some credit for being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Will that Sanders trade work out?

  • Emmanuel Sanders made seven catches good 159 yards and one TD on Sunday.
  • He caught a 75-yard TD pass which tied his longest TD reception of his career.
  • Sanders did not feel catching the ball was enough, so he threw 35-yard touchdown pass to Raheem Mostert.
  • That was the first 49ers TD pass thrown by a non-QB since kicker David Akers threw a 14-yard touchdown versus the St. Louis Rams on January 1, 2012.

George – yes, you can call him “The Animal” – Kittle

Kittle caught a short pass from Garoppolo on 4th and two with 39 seconds left on the clock to keep the drive alive that led to the game-winning field goal. He held on to the ball and kept running while Marcus Williams had a hold of Kittle’s face mask and was trying to twist his head off. Kittle had to be sore after that play.

Kittle ended the game with six receptions good for 67 yards and one TD.

Mostert is the man again

Raheem Mostert rushed the ball 10 times for 69 yards and one touchdown. He caught two passes for 40 yards and one TD. This was his first multi-touchdown game of his career but not his last.

The “D” did some good things as well

  • It would be easy to look at 46 New Orleans points and write the SF defense off. Don’t do that. They made some key plays as well.
  • D.J. Jones forced Alvin Kamara to fumble. That was Jones first Forced Fumble (FF) of his career.
  • DeForest Buckner recovered that fumble which is fourth Fumble Recovery (FR) of the season. That FR set led to a TD.
  • Marcell Harris also recorded a Forced Fumble. That is his second FF of the season.

Report from “the M.A.S.H. Unit”

Head coach Kyle Shanahan’s Monday update on injuries: [DL> Dee Ford, hamstring strain, reaggravated the same one. It’s probably going to take a little bit longer than it did last time, it’ll probably be at least three weeks. [DL> D.J. Jones, ankle sprain, we’re still waiting for the results to get back. [C/G Weston> Richburg is a patellar tendon, so he’s out for the year. [CB Richard Sherman> Sherm, hamstring strain, probably be a couple weeks. [CB> K’Waun [Williams> is in the concussion protocol. The existing injuries: [WR Marquise> Goodwin, knee and ankle, he’s dealing with some chronic stuff. We’re evaluating treatment options right now. [WR Dante> Pettis, his knee sprain, hopefully we’ll get him back practicing this week. [S Jaquiski> Tartt, rib fracture, we’ll see on Wednesday how he’s feeling and [DL> Jullian Taylor is probably going to be another week also.”

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