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The 49ers dominate the Bengals in a 41-17 win on the road

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September 16, 2019 - 10:40 am
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By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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The San Francisco 49ers never trailed in their game on Sunday in Cincinnati that they won by the lopsided score of 41-17. It was the 49ers second consecutive win on the road which is the first time they have done that since 1989. Yes, that 1989 team did win a Super Bowl, but it’s little to early to be booking your tickets your tickets to Miami for the upcoming Super Bowl.

“Jimmy G” is back

Experts were reporting on Garoppolo’s lackluster performance in Tampa last Sunday. There were many that were questioning whether he really is a number one quarterback.

On Sunday, Garoppolo changed the narrative. The Niners QB completed 17-of-25 passing attempts for a total of 297 yards. He connected with his receivers for three touchdowns. He did throw one interception. Garoppolo finished with a QB rating of 131.2.

A big shout out needs to go to the Offensive Line who did not allow their quarterback to be sacked once in the game.

Garoppolo was very generous with his passes as he used eight different receivers during the game.

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Garoppolo said after the game that his confidence is continuing to build, “Yeah, just keep moving in the right direction. Each game and practice you try to improve and get better. It’s coming along, and (we have) just little things to clean up. I had a stupid interception today, but a lot a lot of positives came out of it.”

Head coach Kyle Shanahan says Garoppolo is getting more comfortable, “Yes definitely. Everyone knows the ability Jimmy has and he’s shown — it’s not just felt. A guy with talent — a guy who’s played in games and shown everyone he can play at a high level — the more he’s out there, I’m sure the better he’s going to get, even when he makes mistakes, as long as he learns from them. I know it really helped him out today just having a run game. It really helps you be balanced and takes the pressure off of him, takes a little pressure off the whole line in the pass game and it gets you some cleaner looks. I thought, as a team, they did a lot better, and Jimmy did too.”

There was some very bad news for the offense

Veteran offensive tackle Joe Staley was injured late in the third quarter of the game. He was hit in the lower left leg and had to carted off the field. Staley has a broken fibula which will keep him off the field for six to eight weeks. That means rookie Justin Skule had to finish the game at left tackle.

"Any time you lose your left tackle, it’s always significant, especially when the guy who backs him up we lost in preseason," Shanahan said post game. "From what I hear so far — we’ll find out more tomorrow — but it should be less than eight weeks so I don’t think he’ll be an IR candidate, but I’ll find out more tomorrow. I think it’s something he’s had before."

Big Performers

  • RB Matt Breida 121 yards rushing, 11 yards receiving
  • RB Raheem Mostert 83 yards rushing, 68 yards receiving, one TD
  • RB Jeff Wilson Jr. 34 yards rushing, two TD’s
  • WR Deebo Samuel 87 yards receiving, one TD
  • WR Marquise Goodwin 77 yards receiving, one TD

Let’s talk defense

It is never easy to keep the Bengals QB – Andy Dalton “the Red Rifle” – from having a productive day. On Sunday, Dalton completed 26-of-42 passes for 311 yards. Two of those passes were good for touchdowns. Dalton threw one interception and was sacked four times for a loss of 20 yards. He finished with a QB rating of 90.5.

The 49ers defense literally shutdown the Cincinnati running game. The Bengals gained only 25 yards on 19 rushing attempts and did not score a rushing touchdown. That is called domination.

The defense is standing on their heads (literally) in the first half.

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Up next

The 49ers are back in the Bay Area and will get back to work on Tuesday for their home opener with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger left his game on Sunday with what some are calling an UCL injury which would require “Tommy John” surgery. Stand by – it could get interesting quickly.

 

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