Niners Live provided you with the postgame analysis of the game against the Seattle Seahawks. Now we go even deeper, as only we can, by breaking down the performance of both wide receiving and tight end units against the Seattle’s secondary.
The San Francisco 49ers went into Sunday’s matchup against Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” facing perhaps their toughest challenge of the 2017 season; to establish the passing game early. Yet, the results were mixed, at best, for both units. It was an underwhelming performance in more ways than one, especially when your receiving units and Tight Ends only account for 77 yards on 11 receptions.
Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin each had 3 catches for 26 yards, but Goodwin will be remembered this game for a critical dropped pass in the 4th quarter, which would have led to a game-winning touchdown. You are beginning to see why he was let go from Buffalo. While he has world class speed, it means nothing if key passes are repeatedly dropped. Aldrick Robinson was a no-show. Trent Taylor combined for 2 catches for 6 yards, but was otherwise ineffective. Victor Bolden saw no action on the receiving front and neither did Kendrick Bourne.
George Kittle, had an upside as he finished with 2 catches for 14 yards and was overthrown on two other targets with ease. Garrett Celek caught his first ball of the year for 6 yards, but it was short of a first down, extending the drive in the 3rd quarter. Both tight ends contributed key blocks for Carlos Hyde and his breakout game.
What to Expect Thursday vs. the Los Angeles Rams
It’s a quick turnaround for the 49ers, as they make their only scheduled prime-time appearance of the regular season at home against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams secondary is talented and eager to make a name for itself as they have only surrendered an average of 153 yards per game this season. Trumaine Johnson is the left cornerback and will have the assignment of staying with Goodwin. Kayvon Webster, whom the Rams signed this off-season from Denver, injured his shoulder during the opening week against Indianapolis, and is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s matchup. Should he play, he will have a tough assignment facing Garcon. Should he be unable to go, Dominique Hatfield will get the start with Nickel Roby-Coleman starting at slot corner. The safeties are Maurice Alexander in the box and LaMarcus Joyner, who had his first career interception versus the Colts in week 1, at free safety. Brian Hoyer, provided he has protection, should be able to take advantage of the matchups, but again IF is the operative word. I expect this to be a high-scoring game and for the 49ers to come out swinging at home, in this critical third game of the season.
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