Niners Live provided you with the postgame analysis of the game against the Los Angeles Rams. Now we go even deeper, as only we can, by breaking down the performance of both wide receiving and tight end units against the Rams secondary. In what was perhaps the most entertaining game of the 2017 NFL season; we will tell you who balled out, who came up short and what to expect in week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals.
The San Francisco 49ers went into Thursday Night’s matchup against the Rams secondary eager to bring life to what had been an anemic passing game this 2017 season. While there were a few key drops in the 41-39 defeat, we saw perhaps the best overall performance this season by both units. Let’s revisit each individual performance.
Pierre Garcon continued to establish himself as the 49ers #1 receiver with an impressive performance, snagging 7 catches for 142 yards. Marquise Goodwin more than made up for last week’s dropped pass, with a 2 catch game good for 62 yards and a block to spring Brian Hoyer free for a 9-yard running touchdown. Aldrick Robinson had a respectable game with 2 catches for 23 yards. Trent Taylor receives the honor of being the 1st 49ers receiver to score a touchdown as seen in this video which shows his 3-yard score in the 4th quarter. Taylor finished the game with 3 grabs for 32 yards. Victor Bolden made a huge impact on special teams by causing a fumble on a great hit and recovering the ball in the 4th quarter. Kendrick Bourne saw no action.
George Kittle had an inconsistent game overall with 1 catch for 8 yards and more than a few drops and lapses on blocking assignments. Garrett Celek became the first 49ers tight end with a touchdown this season, with a 1-yard reception in the 4th quarter. Logan Paulsen made a key block in the 4th quarter which helped Carlos Hyde turn a 5-yard loss into a 2-yard gain, keeping a scoring drive alive late in the game.
What to Expect Week Next Sunday vs. the Arizona Cardinals
The 49ers will have a chance to get healthy in the next 10 days as they conclude round one of NFC West divisional play against the Cardinals. Awaiting them will be All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson, widely regarded as one of the top corners in the game. He will take on Pierre Garcon. Brandon Williams will draw the assignment of slot corner, while Justin Bethel will face Marquise Goodwin. Back at Free Safety for Arizona is “The Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu, while the Box is occupied by former 49er Antone Bethea. It is in the Box where the Cardinals are most vulnerable. Expect another high scoring game, with slants galore. If they can minimize the mistakes, the 49ers could leave the desert with their 1st win of the season.
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