49ers hold off Jets with 31-13 victory, but are decimated by injuries

By Joe Hawkes
Staff Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Running back Raheem Mostert got the 49ers off to a promising start on the day, running for a 80-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage and Jimmy Garoppolo tossed a pair of TDs — before the two of them sat out the second half with injuries — as San Francisco picked up their first win of the season holding off the New York Jets, 31-13, at MetLife Stadium as the team was gutted by a rash of injuries on Sunday afternoon.

Facing injury issues entering the game with tight end George Kittle (knee) not making the trip, defensive end Dee Ford (neck) ruled out and cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) and wide receiver Deebo Samuel (foot) both on short-term injured reserve, San Francisco (1-1) lost Garopplo to an ankle injury and Mostert to an injured knee in the first half. Both players left the field shortly before halftime.

Mostert suffered a mild sprain to his medial collateral ligament (MCL), and Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain that will likely keep him out of action for a few weeks. According to NBC Sports 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco, Garoppolo isn’t expected to be available for Week 3’s game against the New York Giants at the same venue.

Garoppolo sustained the injury in the first quarter after a sack by defensive tackle Quinnen Williams after his leg got caught in the turf. On the sideline, you could see that Garoppolo was in obvious pain.

Mostert had eight carries for 92 yards and a touchdown before he was injured. His 80-yard TD run on the game’s first play hit a max speed of 23.09 MPH, which is the fastest max speed for a ball carrier on a play from scrimmage over the last five seasons according to Next Gen Stats.

The more serious injuries came along the defensive line, where defensive end Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas were carted off the field after apparent knee injuries that the team “fears” are torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL).

With a little more than five minutes left in the first quarter, Bosa was engaged with Jets tight end Trevon Vesco on a running play and his left leg buckled as he attempted to get off the block and tackle running back Frank Gore.

Bosa tried to sit up as a busy 49ers medical personnel came out to check on him. A cart came on to the field and carried Bosa to the locker room. The team would rule out last season’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year early in the second quarter.

A few plays later, the 49ers suffered another huge blow to its defense when defensive tackle Solomon Thomas injured his knee. He too was carted off the field and rushed to the locker room. San Francisco ruled him out for the second half.

Even with the team’s injury situation reaching at a critical state, the team didn’t panic against the woeful Jets (0-2).

After the Jets trimmed San Francisco’s lead to 7-3 behind a Sam Ficken 41-yard field goal, a noticeably limping Garoppolo drove the 49ers to another TD, hitting the aforementioned Reed on an 18-yard hookup that put San Francisco up 14-3. Reed’s first score with the 49ers capped off a 14-play, 67-yard drive in 8:44, where Reed leaped over a diving Marcus Maye to get into the end zone.

San Francisco’s defense thwarted a promising Jets’ possession, stopping the Jets on fourth-and-1 from the 49ers’ 20-yard line with linebacker Fred Warner and company stuffed running back Josh Adams for no gain.

Garoppolo would take San Francisco down the field again, capping off a 13-play, 80-yard drive in 3:30 with a 4-yard toss to Reed to put the 49ers up comfortable, 21-3, with 11 seconds in the second quarter. The drive continued after Jets defensive end Henry Anderson was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty where it appeared that the Jets stopped San Francisco on third-and-8.

Garoppolo completed 14-of-16 passes for 131 yards and the two TDs in the first half before backup Nick Mullens took over in the second half.

Mullens, who doesn’t take any first-team reps in practice during the week, looked shell-shocked on his first drive. But running back Jerick McKinnon had a 55-yard run on third-and-31 at the San Francisco 11-yard line. The run would setup a 46-yard field goal by kicker Robbie Gould that gave the 49ers a 24-3 lead in the third quarter.

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a team converted a third down on that long of a run was Minnesota in 1999 when running back Leroy Hoard rushed for 53 yards on third-and-37 against the Denver Broncos.

Mullens finished 8-for-11 for 71 yards and an interception where the pass bounced off the hands of running back Tevin Coleman that the Jets took back to the San Francisco 22-yard line, but the Jets settled for a 25-yard field goal by Ficken to make the score 24-6.

McKinnon scored his second TD of the season on a 16-yard rush in the fourth quarter that gave San Francisco a 31-6 lead. McKinnon finished with 77 yards on three carries and a TD.

After a horrendous showing on third- and fourth-down last week against the Arizona Cardinals where they only converted 2-of-13 attempts in a 24-20 loss in Week 1, the 49ers went 7-of-13 on third down against the Jets in Week 2. It was a better showing by the 49ers offense that racked up 359 yards of total offense and led in time of possession (32:13 to 27:47) this week against a poor Jets defense.

Even with all of the injuries suffered to its defense in the game, San Francisco limited the Jets to 277 yards of total offense and held them to 5-of-14 on third down.

The Jets added a late TD, when quarterback San Darnold connected with wide receiver Braxton Berrios on a 30-yard completion with 1:23 remaining in the game making the score, 31-13. Darnold finished 21-of-32 for 179 yards and no turnovers.

Instead of flying back to the west coast, the 49ers will be staying at a resort in West Virginia as they prepare to take on the New York Giants.

The Giants (0-2) lost to the Chicago Bears 17-13 at Soldier Field on Sunday, but that’s not the big story. Star running back Saquon Barkley was carted off the field early in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury. Barkley’s status for next week’s game is unclear.

Second-year quarterback Daniel Jones completed 25-of-40 passes for 241 yards and an interception for the Giants. Jones was sacked four times by a stingy Bears defense on the day.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Kittle out with knee injury; Former 49er Gore to start for Jets at running back

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) on the run against the Arizona Cardinals Bubba Parker (32) during the first half of Sun Sep 13th’s game at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

San Francisco 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was in so much pain this week that he could not practice due to a sprained knee and will miss this Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium.

#2 Kittle was a key guy last season and he played all but one snap in last Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Kittle has played in 45 of his last 49 games and has reportedly nine different types of injury on his body.

#3 49ers tight end Jordon Reed who played last week against the Cardinals looks to be Kittle’s replacement. Reed had two catches for 12 yards it was his first game with the 49ers. Reed didn’t play last season because he was suffering his seventh concussion and has missed 28 of his last 42 games.

#4 Former 49er running back and current New York Jet Frank Gore will be playing in his 228th game an NFL record against his former team the 49ers today. Gore is the back up for Le’Veon Bell but will get the start on Sunday.

#5 Joe taking a look at this match up how do you see Jets quarterback Sam Darnold after he went 21 for 35 for 215 yards, one touchdown and one interception and a loss to the Buffalo Bills 27-17 in week 1 last Sunday.

Join Joe every Sunday for the 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: What are the Raiders chances against the Saints and Brees on Monday Night Football

The New Orleans Saints Drew Brees (9) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) meet at midfield after their game last Sun Sep 13th. The Saints are in Las Vegas for the very first game in Las Vegas for the Raiders on Monday Night Football (AP News photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich:

#1 The Raiders got off to a good start with a win over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday 34-30 how crucial was it for the Raiders to get that first win out of the way.

#2 It was a narrow win for the Raiders but they’ll take it the defense had to really key in on the Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Christian McCaffery.

#3 For the Raiders that fourth quarter the Panthers started closing in on them with 15 points and time running out the Raiders defense had to hold the Panthers to that limit.

#4 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 27-30 for 239 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

#5 New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees head to Vegas for the Raiders very first game in Vegas on Monday Night Football. The Saints are 1-0 one of the best offenses in the NFL how do you see them matching up with the Raiders on Monday night.

Rich Perez does the Raiders podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Garoppolo looking for first win this Sunday vs. Jets

San Francisco 49ers quarterback throws one of his passes against the Arizona Cardinals  last Sunday at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara (mercurynews.com photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, how concerned should head coach Kyle Shanahan have to be after things melted down towards the end of the game for the 49ers after the defense allowed two Arizona Cardinal touchdowns in the 24-20 loss at Levis on Sunday.

#2 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was 19-33 for 259 yards and two touchdowns how do you see him throwing against the New York Jets defense on Sunday.

#3 The 49ers are in New York against the Jets and quarterback Sam Darnold, Darnold in his last game against the Buffalo Bills struggled in a ten point 27-17 loss. Darnold  in Sunday’s game 21 for 35, 215 yards, one touchdown and one interception. How do you see Darnold, the Jets and the 49ers in this coming Sunday game?

Join David each Friday for the 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers preview: 49ers one of the bottom offenses in the NFL looking to right the ship

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo watches in the second half of last Sun Sep 13th’s game at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara where the visiting Arizona Cardinals won by four points in week 1 of the NFL season (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The San Francisco 49ers are headed on the road for the first time this season. After opening the COVID season at home last Sunday the 49ers head out on the road to New York where they will take on the New York Jets.

The Jets, are coming off a disappointing first game of the season in which they lost to Josh Allen and the Bulls by a final of 27-17. The 49ers in the other hand also had an underwhelming performance in the opener against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals led by Kyler Murray managed to beat the 49ers by a final of 24-20.

The 49ers after week one sit in the bottom half of offenses in the league. Certainly not what head coach Kyle Shanahan envisioned coming into this year. The 49ers will have an opportunity to right the ship against a sub par Jets team this coming Sunday Sep 20th at the Metlife Stadium.

The game is set for 10 AM PST on Sunday in New York.

49ers add Sanu to bolster receiving corps

The San Francisco 49ers reached a one year deal with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu who is expected to start working out with the team at the team’s facility in Santa Clara on Wednesday (Rutgers Football image from @RFootball) 

By Joe Hawkes
Staff Writer

With wide receiver still a glaring need amid injuries and inconsistency, the San Francisco 49ers have signed veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to a 1-year deal on Tuesday agent Mike McCartney announced on Twitter.

NBC Sports Bay Area San Francisco 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco reported that McCartney said that Sanu will arrive at the team’s facility in Santa Clara on Wednesday for his first round of coronavirus testing. If cleared, Sanu’s first day on the practice field would be Friday.

With just three healthy wide receivers on their 53-man roster: Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor, the bringing in Sanu seems logical after head coach Kyle Shanahan intimated on Monday during the team’s press conference.

“We’ll see how these injuries go, but I love Sanu,” Shanahan said Monday. “He’s a hell of a player. So him being out there is always a possibility. We’ll look into everything we have, though.

“But I wouldn’t rule that out at all. He’s available, and he’s definitely a guy I really respect, and I think everyone in this league respects. So we’ll see how it goes this week.”

Sanu was released by the New England Patriots before the start of the regular season.

San Francisco almost acquired Sanu, 31, from New England last season at the trade deadline. The Patriots acquired Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round draft pick. Sanu caught 26 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in eight games for the Patriots.

In eight NFL seasons, Sanu has 403 receptions for 4,507 yards and 26 touchdowns. He played one season in Atlanta (2016) when Shanahan was the Falcons’ offensive coordinator.

San Francisco (0-1), looks to get into the win column for 2020 this Sunday when they travel to east to take on the New York Jets (0-1) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Both teams are coming off loses to division rivals in Week 1, with the 49ers losing to the Arizona Cardinals, 24-20, in their home opener at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

The Jets fell to the Buffalo Bills, 27-17, at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, NY.


Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Cam scrum shows he’s ready to instagram and compete; Raiders hang onto win in Carolina; plus more

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) gets into a scuffle with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday after Newton said the Dolphins defenders were trying to pull the chain around his neck. Newton had posted a language laced instagram before the game regarding the Dolphins (photo from msn.com)

On Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:

#1 The New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton got into it on opening day with the Miami Dolphins players. Towards the end of the game on Sunday two Dolphins players were trying to reach for his chains he wore and Newton had to be restrained after the chain grabbing attempt.

#2 In the fourth quarter the Dolphins got within three points when at 4:10 Justin Howard carried for a yard to score to cut the Patriots lead 14-11. The Patriots Sony Michel carried for a one yard run for the clincher at 5:23 in the fourth quarter as the Pats put it away 21-11.

#3 Despite the Carolina Panthers best attempt to come back in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders with 15 points on Sunday. The Raiders maintained a four point win 24-20 it was the very first win as the Las Vegas franchise.

#4 Its onto Monday Night Football for the Raiders on Sep 21st against the New Orleans Saints for the Raiders first game ever in Las Vegas with a 5:15pm start. Season ticket holders only Barbara how do you see this match up?

#5 Last night before the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants on Monday Night Football you saw Little Richard sing the MNF theme “Rip it up” instead of having Hank Williams Jr who was previously pulled from singing the MNF theme. Williams had been pulled in 2011 by ESPN for comparing President Barack Obama who played golf with former speaker of the house John Boehner to Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu).” Williams came back in 2017 to do more “Are you Ready” recordings but for this season with all the social justice, Black Live Matters issues, and knowing Williams ultra right wing politics, his statement about Obama which didn’t sit well with the players ESPN made the change.

Barbara does Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com



Las Vegas era begins with huge win for Raiders 34-30

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Photo credit: AP Photo/Brian Blanco

By Shawn McCullough

Everyone expected the Raiders offense to be more explosive this season, but it was the defense that saved the game for Las Vegas.

The defense stopped the Panthers on 4th and 1 late in the game to preserve a 34-30 win over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

With the Panthers driving and down 34-30 with under two minutes left in the game, Carolina faced a 4th and 1 at the Las Vegas 46 yard line and rushed Alex Armah up the middle, only to be stuffed for no gain by the Raiders defense.

“They got the stop when we needed it,” said head coach Jon Gruden on his defense.  “Fourth quarter defense is going to be a big part of winning in this league.”

The Raiders were led by second year running back Josh Jacobs who rushed 25 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns.

“It’s big to get a win in the first year in Las Vegas and not only that, for Oakland too to let them know that we are still here and we still want to win games,” said Jacobs.

The Raiders left Oakland this season to play in Las Vegas.

“That was a championship effort by a lot of guys,” said Gruden.  “I am just really happy to get a win for the Las Vegas Raiders, first win of the history of the Raider franchise in Vegas and hopefully our fans saw something that they liked.”

Quarterback Derek Carr was instrumental in moving the ball for the Raiders all game, throwing for 239 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

“Derek Carr was great today, that’s what we asked of him,” said Gruden about Carr.  “In a game like this, we didn’t know much about our opponent, but he made a lot of plays.”

“I’m so happy for our fans and I am proud of our guys to pull through,” said Carr.

The Raiders fell down 30-27 with 8:29 remaining in the game, but remained composed and drove 75 yards in nine plays for the game winning six yard touchdown run by Josh Jacobs.

With the win, the Raiders improved to 1-0 on the season and will make their debut at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas next Monday night against the New Orleans Saints.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders were out-gained in total yards, 388-372.
  • Las Vegas committed only three penalties for 40 yards.
  • Tight end Darren Waller led the Raiders with six catches.
  • Rookie WR Henry Ruggs caught three balls for 55 yards, while rushing two times for 11 yards.


San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Air Quality looks pretty good for kick off at Levis on Sunday

The San Francisco 49ers Tevin Coleman (26) talks with Matt Breida (22) and Raheem Mostert at practice on Jan 16th 2020 prior to their NFC Championship game vs. Green Bay. Coleman has the sickle cell trait and may not play Sunday if the air quality is poor at Levi Stadium. (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe taking a look at the Arizona Cardinals defense from last season they had a problem covering the tight ends with the addition of linebacker Isaiah Simmons covering San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle how do you see that match up and improvement for Arizona?

#2 Last season Kittle caught six passes for 79 yards and got a touchdown against the Cardinals and he did it with injuries to his ankle bone and a popped knee capsule on the 49ers first offensive drive.

#3 San Francisco running back Tevin Coleman did not practice on Friday as he has the sickle cell trait and may not be able to play on Sunday if the air quality conditions remain over 150 which is the air quality limit.

#4 The NFL might consider cancelling the game if the air quality gets over 200 which is the NFL limit. Doctors have noted that football players breath hard and with wild fire smoke thick as it’s been the league and the 49ers are concerned about heavy smoke inhalation by the players.

#5 Joe finally talk about the quarterback match up between the Cardinals Kyler Murray and the 49ers Jimmy Garopplo and how you see the match up Sunday?

J Hawkes does the 49ers podcasts each Sunday and does the 49ers post game recap at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: Raiders favored in road opener in Carolina; Very first game as Las Vegas franchise

The Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) in practice this week is set and prepared with the offense to make a go of it as the Raiders face the Carolina Panthers to open their season on the road this Sun Sep 13th (photo from the mercurynews.com)

On the Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 Rich first of all welcome to the first Las Vegas Raiders podcast the first year for the Raiders to play in Sin  City what’s it been like for the community and for Raiders fans in Vegas to have their first professional NFL team?

#2 The Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is starting Derek Carr how confident are the Raiders that he’ll be ready and be starting in Carolina for the opener.

#3 Does Carr look to someone like back up quarterback Mario Mariota as competition. Mariota has had his share of injuries and is expected to be back in three weeks. There was some talk that when Mariota left the Tennessee Titans to come to Las Vegas he was damaged goods.

#4 Rich, how important is the Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to come in after playing in New Orleans step in and make this offense go.

#5 The one fear is an outbreak in the NFL, do you question the safety of this game and once someone gets Covid-19 will they shut it down and have to worry about testing everybody before returning to play again?

Join Rich Perez for Sportstalk on 1400 KSHP Las Vegas and a member of the Las Vegas broadcast Hall of Fame and for the Raiders preview podcasts every Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com