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The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their 2019 regular season with a thrilling victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The win gives the 49ers the number one seed in the NFC and a first-round bye this week. How do the final regular season stocks round out?
Stock Up: Dre Greenlaw with the Play of the Season
With the game, the division title and first-round bye on the line, rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw tackled Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister about an inch shy of the goal line on fourth-and-goal. Had Hollister scored, it would have given the Seahawks the lead with only nine seconds left on the clock. The play was eerily reminiscent of Atlanta Falcons last-second touchdown two weeks earlier, however, instead of tackling wide receiver Julio Jones low, Greenlaw went high on Hollister. In a game of inches, Greenlaw made every last one count.
Stock Up: Jimmy G Heating Up
Sunday night was possibly the most impressive performance from a quarterback that didn’t throw a touchdown all season long. QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 18 of 22 passes for 285 yards and no turnovers. Twelve of his completions were good enough to go for first downs and keep the sticks moving. Garoppolo looks to be hitting his stride as the 49ers roll into the playoffs and will need to keep it up once the Divisional Round plays out.
Stock Down: Witherspoon Struggles Continue
Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon has had his worst two performances in the 49ers last two games. After getting smoked by the Los Angeles Rams, he was victimized by QB Russell Wilson repeatedly until he was benched in the fourth quarter. Wilson didn’t even attempt a pass in CB Richard Sherman’s direction a single time, instead choosing to pick on Witherspoon’s side of the field. He made a few good plays over the course of the game but also surrendered a pair of touchdowns. It has yet to be seen whether he will retain his starting spot during the playoffs.
Stock Up: The Deebo Samuel Show Rolls On
During the first matchup against the Seahawks, rookie WR Deebo Samuel amassed 112 yards on 8 receptions. On Sunday night, he topped that by putting together 135 yards on 7 touches which included a highlight reel 30-yard touchdown run with an elite spin move. As much of a disappointment that fellow WR Dante Pettis had been, Samuel has surpassed all the hype he had coming out of the University of South Carolina. Outside of TE George Kittle, Samuel represents the most dangerous big play threat in the passing game.
Stock Up: Bosa Dominates Outside the Stat Sheet
If you look at Nick Bosa’s stat line from Sunday night’s game, you will come away rather unimpressed. He failed to record a sack but his impact was felt throughout the entire game. Bosa was a terror in Wilson’s face for sixty minutes and was yet another rookie making a big impact for the 49ers. He fought through an apparent hand injury to play 64 of 75 defensive snaps and keep the pressure on Wilson.
Stock Down: Defense Takes Its Foot off the Gas
The 49ers entered the second half with a 13-0 lead and when the Seahawks’ offense took the field, they appeared to lose some of the aggressiveness they had in the first half. Early in the game, they were playing downhill and imposing their will on Seattle. In the second half, they looked more like they were playing not to lose, content to just protect the lead. This mentality change almost came back to bite them as Seattle came within an inch of winning the game and the division.
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