It was a disappointing outing for San Francisco’s offense in the 23-15 loss to the Washington football team. The 49ers defense gave San Francisco a number of opportunities, but mistakes ruined any chance for what would have been a dominant outing in Arizona.
Here are six takeaways from the game.
Defense was the name of the game. San Francisco and Washington staged impressive outings that stifled opposing infractions. The San Francisco defense gave up just three field goals that day, with the rest of the football team’s points coming from defensive scores.
The 49ers kept Washington’s offense just over 200 yards from the scrum (95 assists; 108 rushing) and limited the football team to just 12 first downs of the day and 3 of 14 on the third testing. San Francisco managed to keep Washington out of the end zone for the duration of the contest. Sunday was third-less yards per play The defense of San Francisco allowed the Shanahan era.
Jason Verrett recorded his second interception of the season in the first period. The cornerback read the route perfectly and skipped the pass intended for wide receiver Cam Sims.
Dion Jordan and Jordan Willis both landed a bag that day.
Speaking of defensive strengths, Washington’s second pick disrupted the entire contest. In the first half alone, Young landed four tackles (one for loss), a sack, a defensive touchdown, a quarterback, a defended pass, a forced fumble and a breakaway restart. He also recorded a slit pass in the fourth quarter that led to a 49ers clearance to add to six total tackles.
“Obviously Chase Young is a really good player,” said Nick Mullens. “You can notice his speed early on. I threw a screen pass in the first quarter and he came off the D line and made the tackle. This is kind of where I noticed. Yeah, he’s really fast. ”
The San Francisco offensive could not begin. It was a punt trade between the 49ers and the football team, as San Francisco recorded two scoring practices amid eight punts in the contest, the first a 7-play, 57-yard practice. which culminated in a 1-yard Jeff Touchdown from Wilson Jr. The second came through an 11-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 6-yard score by Kyle Juszczyk.
The 49ers posted 340 yards in total offense (236 passes, 108 rushing) and 21 first downs. Brandon Aiyuk led all of the 49ers’ pass catchers for the second straight week with a career-high 119 yards on 10 receptions.
According to Kyle Shanahan, the head coach considered drawing Mullens in favor of CJ Beathard after throwing a pick-six, his second turnover of the game. However, the quarterback ended up leading the team on a scoring record on the next series, prompting the team to stick with him under center.
“I wanted to give CJ a chance to warm up,” Shanahan said after the game. “And so it was warming up on the next run and on the next run Nick did a few big thirds and we went down there and scored. So after he took us on a record, I changed my mind. ”
The 49ers couldn’t get out of their own way as the team continue to fight for ball protection. San Francisco returned the ball three times in Sunday’s game, allowing Washington to score 17 points. The 49ers have now returned the ball two or more times in a game in seven straight games, registering a staggering 18 giveaways in that span.
“I think we would have found a way to win if we hadn’t returned the ball,” Shanahan said. “You can’t expect to win games when you’re like that. ”
5. “Homecoming” by Alex Smith
Just as tough as the San Francisco offense, the same could be said for the Smith and Co. quarterback Washington completed 8 of 19 passes for just 57 yards and one interception for a passer rating of 27, 7 in the first semester. The former 49ers quarterback left the game at halftime with a leg injury and did not return.
Smith was replaced by sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., who finished the game completing 7 of 12 passes for 51 yards and no touchdowns.
The 49ers took a heavy blow to their offense in their first practice. In the first scrimmage play, Deebo Samuel took an end for a 9-yard pickup but dropped as he approached the sideline after re-aggravating his hamstring injury earlier in the season.
“(We) lost a pretty big piece, but that’s not why we lost today,” Shanahan said. “You can tell just by talking to him.” I know we’ll have an MRI and look at it tomorrow. It didn’t look good. ”
Left tackle Trent Williams injured his knee in the first quarter but returned to the fight.
Raheem Mostert left the game briefly after being assessed for a head injury. The running back was cleared from the next set and returned to the field.
Fred Warner also left the game in the third quarter with a head injury. The linebacker was concussed but was left out of play with a neck / shoulder injury.