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OMG! The Niners are 4-0 for the first time since 1990

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October 08, 2019 - 3:40 pm
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By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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In 1990, Joe Montana was the 49ers quarterback. His running back was Roger Craig, the wide receiver was Jerry Rice and the tight end was Brent Jones. That team started the season 4-0. They finished the season 14-2 and lost in the NFC Championship game to the New York Giants.

On Monday night, the 2019 San Francisco 49ers record improved to 4-0 after they dismantled the Cleveland Browns 31-3. The names are new – Garoppolo, Breida, Kittle and Coleman. The Niners are one of two undefeated teams in the NFL as of Monday night. The other team without a loss is the New England Patriots (5-0). That is heady company.

Kyle Shanahan on how you deal with being 4-0, “The same way you handle 0-5. You don’t pay attention and you just go to work. I think we’ve got the right guys. I think today was a little lopsided game, but the league is too hard to be overconfident. Every week is a tough week and we’ve got a lot of work to do. Still got some guys who are waiting to get back from injury and that game by no means was perfect. I thought our defense played four great quarters, from the first play to the last play. I think our special teams, obviously struggled. I was real disappointed how the offense finished in the fourth quarter.”

Establish dominance immediately

The Browns went four and out after taking the opening kickoff. The 49ers took the ball over own their own 17-yard line following a 41-yard punt.

On their first play from scrimmage, Jimmy Garoppolo handled the ball off to Matt Breida who ran over left guard and scampered 83 yards for a touchdown. Breida was clocked running as fast as 21 MPH on his touchdown run. The PAT kick was good and the Niners took a 7-0 lead. That really was all the scoring that San Francisco would need to win the game.

What did Breida see when Garoppolo handed him the ball on that first play? “A big hole. I saw a big hole. The offensive line, and the receivers did a great job of blocking. The play worked out how it was supposed to.”

The 49ers scored again in the first quarter when Garoppolo threw a five-yard pass to Breida in the end zone. Robbie Gould kicked the extra point and the 49ers were up 14-0 before the Browns could blink their eyes.

The Browns only score

Cleveland’s only points came off a 30-yard field goal that Austin Seibert put through the uprights in the second quarter of the game.

San Francisco uses the rush to win

The crowd of 70,042, the television announcers, and the reporters in the press box expected it to be an “Air Garoppolo” game. They expected to see “Jimmy G” slinging the ball all over the field while the Browns cornerbacks and safeties struggled to stop the San Francisco passing game.

Instead, the 49ers ran the ball 40 times and gained a total of 275 yards rushing. Matt Breida’s 83-yard touchdown run was the big rush of the night, but the Niners scored two of their four TDs on the ground.

Breida carried the ball 11 times for 114 yards. Tevin Coleman returned to lineup and rushed the ball 16 times for 97 yards and a touchdown. Raheem Mostert was released from “I fumbled hell” to carry the ball seven times for 34 yards.

“It’s something you always want to do as a coach. It’s the easiest way to win when you play real good defense and you can run the ball. It takes the pressure off a lot of people and doesn’t put you in a lot of risky situations, but also can help you get some easier explosives too. That’s kind of the goal always,” said Kyle Shanahan after the game.

Passing was secondary but effective

Garoppolo threw the ball 29 times and completed 20 passes. He racked up 181 yards through the air and connected for two touchdowns. His longest pass went for 22 yards. Garoppolo posted a QB rating of 108.5.

Garoppolo did not have a bad night. The 49ers surprised the Browns by running to pass instead of passing to run. Now everyone of their remaining opponents are trying to figure out what the 49ers are going to do against them.

Garoppolo said his job gets easier when the running game is working, “It just makes everything easier, especially with our offense. It sets up the play action, it opens up receivers on the outside. The defense has to start loading the box up and things like that. Once that starts happening, everything kind of falls into place.”

Bosa breakouts by taking it out on Baker

Nick Bosa had some unfinished business with Baker Mayfield that dated back to when the two of them were in college. Baker won the college game. Bosa won the professional matchup.

Bosa played like a man with “his hair on fire”. He recorded four tackles, two sacks that resulted in 21 lost yards, five QB hits, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. No one is questioning whether the 49ers made the right decision to use their number one draft pick to take Bosa after Monday night.

Bosa explained that sacks are a team thing, “I was doing the same thing that I have been doing, just rushing my butt off. The fact that all the things came together for me to get a couple of sacks. A sack is a number of things; it is not just somebody winning a rush. My job is to win the rush and do my job. The DBs job is to cover and make him hold it a couple extra seconds and the rest of the guys stay in their rush lanes to keep him contained in the pocket. So there is a lot that goes into those sacks.”

Frankly … Baker Mayfield sucked

The would be “superstar” of the NFL did not look like a star on Monday night. He went 8-for-22 passing for a total of 100 yards and no touchdowns. Mayfield was intercepted twice. His QB rating was 13.4 (that is not a typo).

Mayfield did not finish the game. Backup QB Garrett Gilbert was brought in to finish the game to keep Mayfield from being injured in a meaningless game.

In days passed, Baker Mayfield would be sitting on the bench next Sunday versus the Seahawks. Because money talks, Mayfield will be the starter on Sunday.

Mayfield was concise in analysis of the game, “Once again, it shows for us that we need to do our job. The inconsistency is killing us right now.”

Sunday showdown in the Coliseum

The undefeated 49ers will travel to Los Angeles to face the 3-2 Rams on Sunday at 1:05 pm. This traditional rivalry game will have real excitement and significance for the first time in a long time.

You can listen to the game on the ESPN 1320 – your 49ers station in Sacramento.

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