• Robert Moore

MNF: Recapping the Highs and Lows from Monday’s Game


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The 49ers finally did something they have not done in over a year: They won a home game!


San Francisco entered Week 10 as the home underdogs to the Los Angeles Rams only to put together their most complete performance of the season. The best teams in the NFL are the teams that can identify areas that need to be improved on, even in a game that was filled with so many positives and so without further ado, here are the highs and lows from Monday’s game:



Highs


Offensive efficiency: One of the most impressive aspects of the night was the 49ers’ efficiency. They opened the game with a long, methodical 18-play drive that was capped off by a touchdown pass to George Kittle. The 49ers were 5 for 5 on third downs in the first half.


Jimmy Garoppolo’s stats at halftime were nearly perfect:

Run game: One of the best things the 49ers did in this game was commit to their run game. The Niners turned the clocks back and reestablished their offensive identity by running the ball a total of 44 times. The 49ers have been at their best when they run early and often. I especially enjoyed the creativity of the run game and giving Deebo Samuel multiple carries from the running back position:


Special teams: It seems like a rare occasion that we highlight something the 49ers did on special teams, but the special-teams unit deserves some credit on the Rams’ fake field goal attempt:

This play could have shifted the momentum of the game had the Rams successfully converted this into a touchdown before the half, but the special-teams unit played this perfectly. Talanoa Hufanga was all over the holder, punter Johnny Hekker,and Hufanga did not give him any time to make a play, and it was followed by an excellent open-field tackle by the big lineman D.J. Jones.


Defense: A huge plus for the 49ers was winning the turnover battle. Jimmie Ward took matters into his own hands during the game with two interceptions, one of which went for a touchdown.


In addition to winning the turnover battle, the 49ers did something they haven’t been doing well in recent weeks. They made tackles!



Lows


Missed Opportunities: Defensively, there were some missed opportunities throughout the night. Emmanuel Moseley had what should have been two additional interceptions dropped in this game:

Fortunately, the game was a blow out, but the defense needs to convert on these easy takeaways.


Pass rush:The pass rush was virtually nonexistent in the first half of the game. There were also some egregious holding calls missed for Nick Bosa, but Bosa was still able to get this sack:

The 49ers defense is at its best when the pass rush is getting pressures and the defense will need to improve on that moving forward if they want to make a playoff push.


At the end of the game, coach Kyle Shanahan chose not to give out any game balls, saying, "I would have gave one to everybody if we did. We need to start to expect some more games like that. We got to make sure that to be better or worse next week, and we got to make sure we're better.” The 49ers played their best game of the season, and it was great to see, but Coach Shanahan will be expecting more of the same moving forward before he gives out recognition. As I alluded to in the beginning, the best teams identify things they need to improve on and being consistent is what the 49ers will need to reestablish themselves as one of the best teams in the NFL.



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