Recapping the Game; Inside the Game Featuring the Return Game/ST

After highlighting the pre-game matchups to watch, and the post-game, Niners Live now takes you inside the game and gives you a breakdown of each unit of the team. Here is the performance analysis of the special-teams unit versus the Arizona Cardinals in week four.


The Highlights

  • Robbie Gould was the offensive MVP for the 49ers versus the Cardinals. Gould went 5-5 in field goal attempts, with a long of 49 yards. Those were the only points scored by the team. He kept the 49ers in the game throughout the contest. Gould showed he is a clutch kicker.  He hit kicks in the fourth quarter and in overtime. Gould also showed his resilience this game. He missed an extra point last week versus the Los Angeles Rams.  His confidence didn’t go anywhere, he hit all of the kicks with power and confidence.  He is now, 9-9, in field goal attempts.
  • Brad Pinion continued his solid play in the punt game. He finished the day with seven punts for 351 yards, 50.1 avg., with three being downed within the 20-yard line.
  • Victor Bolden Jr. had three kick returns for 76 yards, 25.3 avg., with a long of 28 yards.
  • Trent Taylor returned four punts for 41 yards, 10.2 avg., with a long of 16 yards.

Key Stat: the only touchdown scored in the game was the final play of the game in overtime, with a 19-yard pass from Carson Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald

Assessment: The Special team’s field goal unit was the star of the game for the 49ers. The only points scored were field goals, and no attempts were missed. Special Teams coach Richard Hightower’s return coverage units didn’t allow returns for touchdowns, and the kick returners fielded balls cleanly and didn’t have any turnovers.

Grade A+, and game ball to Gould!

Expectation for week five versus the Indianapolis Colts

The 49ers are officially in must-win mode after starting the season 0-4. The special team’s units have done their job during the first four games. The 49ers will not want Gould to be their only point scorer next week against the Colts. However, he will have a minimum of two field goal attempts. Bradley Pinion is a model of consistency and will excel in the punting game next week. The coverage units will not allow a touchdown return and may cause a turnover. Bolden Jr. is a threat every time he touches the ball, and is due for a long return or even a touchdown return. Taylor will have a big punt return versus the Colts.

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All records, statistics, and accolades are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.comPro Football unless otherwise indicated. Author Jimi Payne Staff Writer at Niners live.  Content Creator, EditorSequoia Sims