San Francisco 49ers game preview: 49ers head to Seattle looking for third straight win

San Francisco 49er corner Richard Sherman (25) takes a dive to stop the Arizona Cardinals run game in the opening week of the season Sun Sep 13, 2020 this was Sherman’s last game as he was placed on the IR and is eligible to return week 12 Oct 21st. (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The San Francisco 49ers are coming off an encouraging week. Last Sunday they played the significantly less intimidating New England Patriots. The Patriots still have Bill Belichick, but not Tom Brady and it shows. The 49ers were able to pull out a big win 33-6.

This week the 49ers are faced with a more daunting task. They will travel to Seattle where they take on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is coming off a disappointing loss in a wild game last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks are of course division rivals of the 49ers and sit at a record of 5-1 on the season.

The 49ers are still struggling with injuries. On the defensive side of the ball they are obviously feeling the loss of Richard Sherman who even at his advanced age plays a big role in the 49ers defensive scheme. The 49ers will hope to expose the weak defense of the Seahawks.

Week eight’s matchup will be enjoyable to watch nonetheless. It will be a strong defense in the 49ers going up against a weak defense for the Seahawks. Seattle has a strong offense that will rival the trickery the 49ers can present on that side of the ball.

The matchup is set for 1:25 PST on Sunday in Seattle.

My Pick: Although I believe the Seahawks will be motivated, I think the determination of the 49ers will win out. The 49ers have not been happy with where they sit in the division. Obviously injuries have played a big role in that, but I think a chance to match the first place Seahawks win total so far will be a motivating factor. 49ers win 24-17.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Will Samuel and Wilson injuries lessen 49ers chances against Seahawks this Sunday?

Deebo Samuel (19) wide receiver of the San Francisco 49ers is stopped by a New England Patriot defender during last Sun Oct 25th’s game at Foxboro (photo from Draft Kings Nation)

On the 49ers podcast with Dave:

#1 San Francisco wide receiver Deebo Samuel has a hamstring strain injury that will keep him out for the next two games against Seattle on Sunday and Nov 5th’s game against the Packers which he got during the 49ers visit to New England last Sunday.

#2 Running back Jeffrey Wilson who will be out a month got a high ankle injury in the Patriots visit on Sunday. Wilson who scored three touchdowns suffered the injury moments right after he scored the third touchdown in the game.

#3 Dave the 49ers have a short turnaround after Sunday’s game at Centurylink and host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. With the injuries the 49ers have will the short turnaround effect the team in their recovery.

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49ers dismantle Patriots, 33-6, in Foxboro behind Jeff Wilson’s 3 TDs; four takeaways from the defense

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) gets the blocking in first half action against the New England Patriots on Sun Oct 25, 2020 in Foxboro. 49ers running back Jeffrey Wilson carried for three touchdowns in the contest. (AP News photo)

By Joe Hawkes
Staff Writer

FOXBORO, MA — The San Francisco 49ers should enjoy the plane ride back to Santa Clara, after earning a 33-6 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday evening at a fan-less Gillette Stadium.

The 49ers (4-3) keeps pace in a stacked NFC West as they will now enter a pivotal Week 8 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. San Francisco may have to travel to Seattle without two key players in wide receiver Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and running back Jeff Wilson (ankle), both leaving Sunday’s win with injuries and didn’t return to the game.

For the second straight game, the 49ers scored a TD on their opening possession. Last week, San Francisco marched down the field on the Los Angeles Rams and scored a TD to quickly claim a 7-0 lead.

This week, the 49ers set the tone of the game by finishing off a nine-play 75-yard drive with the first of Wilson’s three TDs in the game. In the first half, head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense racked up 301 yards of production and claimed a 23-3 lead at halftime.

Wilson was the workhorse for the 49ers, who were thin at running back with both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out with injuries. San Francisco listed Wilson as questionable for the game after sitting out the previous two games with a calf injury. In a surprising move, Wilson got his third career start and didn’t disappoint as he posted a career-high in rushing yards.

All in the first half.

Wilson, whose previous career-best was 90 yards against the Denver Broncos late in the 2018 season, rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in 30 minutes of action. He finished with 17 carries for 112 yards and a career-best three touchdowns before exiting the game with an ankle injury in the middle of the third quarter.

Wilson was taken to the 49ers locker room on a cart. He was injured on a 7-yard scoring run that gave the 49ers a commanding 30-6 lead.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo played good, but not great in his return to Foxboro. The former Patriot backup signal caller completed 20 of 25 pass attempts for 277 yards (with two interceptions in the first half).

Garoppolo made plays early, converting a third-and-3 after breaking a tackle in the backfield to pick up four yards. He also connected on sharp passes to Samuel for 23- and 14-yard gains to keep drives alive. Garoppolo had completions to six different receivers, but it was rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk who benefited the most.

Aiyuk finished with a career-high six receptions for 115 yards.

San Francisco did a tremendous job in controlling the clock in the game, dominating the time of possession over the Patriots (38:23-21:37) while picking up 26 first downs to just 17 for New England, and racking up 467 yards of total offense.

The 49ers ran 63 offensive plays, compared to just 49 by the Patriots, who looked anemic for the entirety of the game.

Garoppolo got the better result in his head-to-head matchup with Cam Newton, who had a rough performance completing just nine of 15 pass attempts for 98 yards an three interceptions. Newton was benched in the second half and replaced by backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

San Francisco’s defense put the clamps on Newton and the Patriots’ offense.

The 49ers limited New England to just 241 yards and 1 for 6 on third downs. New England’s scoring consisted of two Nick Folk field goals from 40 and 41 yards.

49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner, who is making a strong case for Defensive Player of the Year, has been a lifesaver for San Francisco this season. Warner was all over the field, leading the team with seven tackles and one of the four interceptions by the defense. Warner’s second quarter interception was his second on the season.

Cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley (one) and Jamar Taylor (two) had the other interceptions for the 49ers.

With the Niners holding a 20-point lead at halftime, the Patriots had just 59 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, the Patriots (2-4) have lost three games in a row for the first time since 2002. The 27-point loss at home was the worse under head coach Bill Belichick.


San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: 49ers look for their second straight win in New England Sunday

Former New England Patriot quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) greets former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) following their game Aug 26, 2016 (AP News photo)

On the SF 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 This is the first time in 19 years (2001) that the New England Patriots have had a 2-3 start. They are not at that elite status they once were after quarterback Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay.

#2 The Patriots who host the 49ers this Sunday in Foxborough were without quarterback Cam Newton who returned last Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Newton said his game isn’t where it should be and threw for 157 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

#3 The 49ers who most likely will not play this Sunday in New England cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) and pass rusher Dee Ford (back) both have missed their last five games.

#4 On Tuesday California Health and Human Services Department gave the orange tier light to Bay Area counties to let fans back in. Santa Clara County said the idea is “unconscionable” and so the 49ers will continue to play 2020 in front of an empty stadium.

#5 49ers are New England Sunday as San Francisco is vying for their fourth win. 49er quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a great outing against the Rams last Sunday how do you see him faring against the Patriots.

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San Francisco 49ers preview: 49ers hope to get over .500 Sunday; Newton to start for Pats

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) will start against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday Oct 25th. Newton had quarantined after testing positive for Coronavirus. (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SANTA CLARA–The San Francisco 49ers are coming off their third win of the season. Last week, in Santa Clara, the 49ers were able to take care of the formidable Los Angeles Rams by a final of 24-16.

This week, they turn their attention to the 2-3 New England Patriots. This matchup will feature two teams battling to keep playoff aspirations alive.

For the Patriots, it has been an underwhelming first year without Tom Brady. Not to mention they don’t have much in terms of weapons on the offensive side of the ball.

Bill Belichick will look to stifle the 49ers offense with a solid defensive effort. Cam Newton will start for the Patriots. It should also be noted he is undefeated against the 49ers in the regular season.

For the 49ers they will look to build off the momentum they have from last week. The 49ers remain without star running back Raheem Mostert. That will most likely have them rely more heavily on George Kittle and deception from Kyle Shanahan.

The coaching matchup couldn’t be any more fun. It is offensive minded Kyle Shanahan who can make some of the best defenses look silly versus defensive minded Bill Belichick who tends to pick you apart defensively. That in and of itself will be must watch.

The game kicks off at 1:25 PST in Foxborough on CBS

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Mostert out for three weeks; Sherman and Ford out until week 11

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (left) will not be expected back before the 49ers bye on week 11 also Dee Ford is also not expected back before the bye either (photo from

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1  Joe losing Raheem Mostert to a high ankle strain for three weeks is a big loss in the team’s ground game.

#2 Mostert ran for 65 yards didn’t score a touchdown against the Rams last Sunday but has been key in getting the offense yardage and setting up the score.

#3 The season gets tougher for the 49ers and without Mostert they’ll face the Patriots this Sunday, followed by Seattle, Green Bay and New Orleans.

#4 Joe talk about the defense and how much the 49ers will be missing Richard Sherman and Dee Ford who are not expected back until at least week 11.

# 5 How important of a game is this for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after winning last week against LA and now facing his old teammates the New England Patriots and his old coach Bill Belichick?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Belichick and Garoppolo reunion this Sunday

Former New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will be reunited in New England this Sunday three years after Garoppolo left New England for San Francisco (file photo from

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David:

#1 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who started his career with the New England Patriots will be facing his old coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots. This is the third anniversary since Garoppolo left the Patriots and he will be reunited with his old teammates when the 49ers play in New England this Sunday.

#2 Garoppolo made a number of short quick throws against the Los Angeles Rams last week do you see him making those same kind of passes to work his way against the Patriots this week?

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49ers hold off Rams, 24-16, behind Jimmy Garoppolo’s 3 TDs; strong defense

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) gets the football away as he’s being rushed by the Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) and nose tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day (69) in the first half of Sun Oct 18, 2020 at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

By Joe Hawkes
Staff Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif — In a game that many viewed was a must-win to salvage their season, the San Francisco 49ers was able to outlast the visiting Los Angeles Rams, 24-16, on NBC’s Sunday Night Football behind three TDs from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the first half and a strong effort from the defense.

It’s the first win for the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium this season, after dropping their first three home games to the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins.

The 49ers (3-3) jumped on the Rams early, scoring touchdowns on three of their first four possessions. On San Francisco’s first possession, Garoppolo engineered a 6-play, 76-yard drive that was capped off by a 6-yard pass to wide receiver Deebo Samuel for the TD to put the 49ers up 7-0 in the first quarter.

Garoppolo was 4-for-4 for 69 yards on the opening drive.

After the 49ers’ defense forced the Rams to punt on their opening possession of the game, San Francisco took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter on Garopplo’s second TD of the game. Garoppolo would find tight end George Kittle for a a 44-yard score after the 49ers faced a 4th and 2 from the Rams 44-yard line.

Kittle’s score punctuated a 10-play, 87-yard drive in 6:08 for the 49ers, who emphasized getting the football out of Garoppolo’s hands quickly and relied heavily on the running game which took a hit when running back Raheem Mostert left the game early in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

Mostert was off to a good start, carrying the ball 17 times for 65 yards before his exit.

Kittle led all receivers with seven catches for 109 yards and the TD, while Samuel finished six catches for 66 yards and a score.

After quarterback Jared Goff found wide receiver Robert Woods in the middle of the end zone on a 10-yard TD to get the Rams on the scoreboard and cut San Francisco’s lead to 14-6, following a missed extra point, the 49ers would put together another scoring drive shortly before halftime.

Garoppolo engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up 7:16 and found rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk for a 2-yard score that gave the 49ers a commanding 21-6 lead.

Garoppolo was 17 of 21 for 215 yards and 3 TDs in the first half. Offensively, the 49ers had their way with the Rams, racking up 18 first downs and 291 yards of total offense in the first 30 minutes of the game.

Garoppolo, who was benched after the first half in last week’s 43-17 embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins at home in which he completed just 7 of 17 passing for 77 yards, two interceptions and a career-low 15.7 passer rating; bounced back this week with a better showing by completing 23 of 33 passes for 268 yards, 3 TDs and a 124.3 passer rating.

Oh yeah, he improves to 4-0 against the Rams all-time.

Coming into the game, the talk leading up to the showdown against the Rams was if Garoppolo could show that he’s still the right quarterback for the 49ers long term and could San Francisco’s much maligned offensive line withstand the dominating force that is perennial Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.

San Francisco’s offensive line, which has been a target of criticism the last two weeks as they surrendered 23 quarterback hits and 10 sacks in the last two games, kept Donald off Garoppolo the entire night.

For the game, Donald registered just one solo tackle and one quarterback pressure after recording four of the Rams’ eight sacks against the Washington Football Team last week in Los Angeles’ 30-10 win on the road.

In the second half, the Rams (4-2) converted their first possession into a 42-yard field goal by kicker Samuel Sloman to cut the 49ers’ lead to 21-9.

Following back-to-back 3-and-outs by the 49ers, Goff drove the Rams down to the 49ers’ 2-yard line and looked like Los Angeles would finish off the drive with a TD but Goff’s pass intended for wide receiver Josh Reynolds was intercepted in the end zone by cornerback Jason Verrett.

Verrett thwarted a golden scoring opportunity for Goff and the Rams that could’ve changed the tenor of the game.

Goff finished 19 of 38 for 198 yards, 2 TDs and one interception as 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh mixed up coverages that didn’t allow Goff and the Rams’ offense to get comfortable on Sunday night.

The 49ers added a 49-yard field goal by Robbie Gould to push their lead up to 24-9 in the fourth quarter, but the Rams wouldn’t go down quietly.

On the Rams’ next drive, Goff hooked up with Reynolds for a 40-yard TD over cornerback Emmaunel Moseley. Moseley was called for a defensive pass interference call, but the Rams declined the penalty making the score 24-16.

San Francisco’s defense held the Rams to 4 of 12 on third downs and 311 yards of total offense. Much of those yards came on the Rams’ final drive of the game. Moseley, along with linebackers Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw paced the defense with seven tackles each.

The schedule gets more daunting for San Francisco with games against the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Rams again in the next five weeks.

For at least one night, the 49ers have quieted the skeptics with an impressive win over their divisional rivals from Southern California.


San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: McClinchey says watch the whole game before making a judgement of the O-line; plus more

San Francisco 49ers tackle Mike McGlinchey (69) waits on the sideline during their against the Miami Dolphins last Sun Oct 11, 2020 at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara (photo from San Francisco Chronicle)

On the 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The 49ers tackle Mike McGlinchey said that he’s pretty confident that’s he put together a pretty good season. The line that McGlinchey has played on had the fourth most sacks (18) in the NFL.

#2 McGlinchey said that he heard his share of criticisms and said that he doesn’t like the armchair quarterbacks who watch 30 seconds of a clip and makes a determination of how the offensive line should play but rather says you must watch the entire game to learn from the whole picture.

#3 In practice this week it looks as if 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will get the green light to start this coming Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. Garoppolo who had suffered from a high ankle injury is feeling good again and has participated in practice this week.

#4 Head coach Kyle Shanahan said that you never know with a high ankle sprain how Garoppolo will do but said that Garoppolo had a pretty good week in practice.

#5 The 49ers will be taking on a very tough Rams team from both ends of the football. They will face Rams quarterback Jarod Goff this Sunday night talk about how you see the 49ers defense going after Goff and how they match up?

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Sherman won’t be back Sunday night; Jimmy G could see action but how much?; plus more

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (left) would like to get his game face back and return soon. Head coach Kyle Shanahan says Sherman will be on the shelf for this Sunday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Rams (file photo from San Francisco Chronicle)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, 49ers corner back Richard Sherman continues to rest his Achilles calf injury Sherman was floated as coming back for this Sunday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Rams. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan did announce during Monday’s practice that Sherman would not play on Sunday Night Football this week.

#2 The 49ers Dee Ford a brilliant pass rusher and a former pro bowler and had back surgery 15 months ago has missed four consecutive games so far.

#3 Shanahan is also watch the progress in practice of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who played only the first half of last Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Shanahan said Garoppolo most likely will start Sunday night but how long he can stay in is still a question.

#4 The 49ers on Tuesday acquired undrafted rookie cornerback Parnell Motley off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who will fill in for the need at the cornerback position. Last season Motley played for the All Big 12 selection at Oklahoma.

#5 The 49ers face the 4-1 Los Angeles Rams last Sunday against the Washington Football Team the Rams handled Washington without too many problems for Rams quarterback Jarod Goff 209 yards and two touchdowns. How do you see the 49ers matching up against the Rams on Sunday night?

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