That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: 49ers head to Dallas Sunday; Raiders in Cincinnati Saturday; MLB lockout update; plus more

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (4) picks off a pass for an interception intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Ben Skowronek (18) at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sun Jan 9, 2022. The 49ers advanced to the NFC playoffs Sun Jan 16, 2022 against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers on the last day of the season needed to defeat the Los Angeles Rams in a game that could not have been scripted any better. Winning on a field goal in the fourth quarter 27-24 and now advance to the NFC Playoffs for this Sun Jan 16th in Arlington against the Dallas Cowboys.

#2 The Las Vegas Raiders were another team that just got into post season battling it out with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football. With the game all tied 32-32 in overtime and no time left the Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson booted a 47 yard field goal that got the Raiders into post season 35-32 in a game that was almost scripted for a Hollywood movie. The Raiders had their share of tragedies this season but bounced back winning their last four games to get into post season.

#3 Amaury, why aren’t the owners and players talking in MLB from the sound of it spring training in February and March could be put on hold until something is agreed upon. Feb 26th is the first spring training game and it looks in question.

#4 The St Louis Cardinals announced they have canceled their annual winter warmup Bill Dewitt III the Cardinals team president said unfortunately due to the current circumstances of the lockout the planning of the winter warm up has been canceled. This was an opportunity to allow fans to interface with Cards players. Baseball is huge in St Louis so you can imagine many Cardinal fans will be disappointed.

#5 In the MLB Baseball Hall of Fame voting Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens it was reported on ESPN will not get enough votes to make the Hall of Fame and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling who was 16 votes short last year will be much shorter last year due to that dark cloud of steroid use.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

49ers overcome 17-point deficit and defeat Rams 27-24 in an overtime classic

San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould (9) and Kyle Juszczyk (44) celebrate after Gould’s field goal in overtime to defeat the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sun Jan 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

LOS ANGELES — It was a Hollywood ending, but not for the team in the blue and yellow.

The San Francisco 49ers overcame a 14-3 halftime deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 27-24 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at SoFi Stadium.

San Francisco finished 10-7 on the season clinched the sixth seed in the NFC. They will travel out to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in the wild card round of the playoffs. Los Angeles (12-5), despite the loss, finished first in the NFC West as the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Seattle Seahawks. They dropped to the fourth seed in the NFC and will host the Arizona Cardinals in the wild card round.

Los Angeles controlled the play in the first half. Their first two drives consumed over 15 minutes as quarterback Matthew Stafford methodically led his offense down the field with a nice balance where they were able to convert five of their first six third-down conversions.

Matt Gay capped a 12-play 61-yard drive with a 43 yard field goal.

On the Rams next possession Cooper Kupp set up Los Angeles inside the redzone with a 46-yard reception. Tyler Higbee scored a two-yard touchdown reception to give LA a 10-lead.

It was a rough start for the 49er’s offense and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the first half. Garoppolo had a fumble after a 14-yard sack (the Niners were able to recover the ball) and an interception as the Rams defense controlled the line of scrimmage.

San Francisco wasn’t able to get the running game going either as they ran for just 10 yards in the first half. Their special teams also performed poorly when they allowed a 31-yard punt return by Brandon Powell that set up the Rams in good field position.

Los Angeles took advantage of the punt return when Stafford found Higbee for his second touchdown of the game, a 15-yard leaping grab along the sidelines.

San Francisco gained momentum at the end of the first half when they went 61 yards on six plays on the final 38 seconds of the second quarter that resulted in a 42-yard field goal by Robbie Gould.

The 49ers came out with some mojo to start the second half. Garoppolo led them on a seven play 75-yard drive capped off with a 16-yard rushing touchdown by Deebo Samuel. It was the eighth rushing touchdown for Samuel this season for the hybrid wide receiver.

San Francisco’s defense dominated the second half as they forced four punts and a turnover. Emmanuel Moseley intercepted Stafford on Los Angeles’ second possession.

The 49ers ran the ball down the Rams’ throat as they tied it up at 17-17. 10 of the 11-play drive were runs as the offensive line controlled the trenches. San Francisco’s 11th play was a trick play that caught the Rams off guard. Samuel took a handoff and threw a 24-yard touchdown to Juaun Jennings who was left all alone down the right sideline.

San Francisco run for 125 of its 135 rushing yards in the second half.

Kupp was the catalyst when Los Angeles went up with 24-17 with 2:29 left in the fourth quarter. Kupp had a 30-yard reception to start the drive and ended it with a four-yard touchdown reception, his team leading 16th of the season.

San Francisco looked to have been done when Von Miller sacked Garopollo with two minutes remaining and forced the 49ers to punt.

However, the tenacious defense of San Francisco forced a three and out as the Niners used all their timeouts to get one more possession with 1:27 remaining.

Garopollo marched the 49ers down the field on a five-play 88-yard drive. He completed a 12-yard touchdown to Jennings with 26 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

The 49ers won the toss and drove 69 yards down the field on 12 plays the resulted in a Gould 24-yard field goal.

49ers rookie cornerback Aubrey Thomas sealed the deal when intercepted Stafford on a deep pass down the right sideline.

Garopollo finished 23 of 32 for 316 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and a QB rating of 87.5. Running back Elijah Mitchell ran an efficient 85 yards on 21 carries. Brandon Aiyuk led the 49ers in receiving with six catches for 107 yards. Jennings finished with six catches for 94 yards to go along with his two receiving touchdowns.

Stafford finished 21 of 32 for 238 yards with three touchdowns, two interceptions and a QB rating of 93.0. Kupp had another outstanding game as he led all receivers with seven catches for 118 yards and one touchdown. Sony Michell had just 43 yards on 21 carries.

San Francisco sacked Stafford five times to go along with their two interceptions.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 9-for-14 on third down conversions. Los Angeles was 10-for-17.

San Francisco swept the season series and have won six in a row over their NFC West rival.

UP NEXT: San Francisco takes on the Dallas Cowboys from AT&T Stadium. Date and time TBD.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: The line will play a critical role against Rams; Shanahan leaning towards Garoppolo at QB Sunday

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs against Seattle Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed (2) and defensive back Marquise Blair at Levi Stadium on Sun Oct 3, 2021. Kittle needs 100 more receiving yards to get to 1,000 for the season as the 49ers play the Rams in Los Angeles on Sun Jan 9, 2022 (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, how crucial will physicality play for the San Francisco 49ers (9-7) line against the Los Angeles Rams (12-4) on Sunday?

#2 Another question Joe that was asked during this week’s zoom pressers with 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDonald, defensive coordinator Demeco Ryans, and tight end George Kittle why do the 49ers match up so well with the Rams.

#3 Two scenarios for the 49ers to get into post season first scenario they need to beat the Rams Sunday night or they need the New Orleans Saints (8-8) to lose to the Atlanta Falcons (7-9). Still the odds are 50-50 either way for the 49ers for a shot at post season.

#4 Kittle is having quite a year he’s been piling up the receiving yards and need 100 yards receiving to get to 1,000 yards. If achieved Kittle would join the ranks of Jerry Rice, and Terrell Owens as the only three 49ers to have 1,000 yards in a single year.

#5 Joe, Sunday how do you see the 49ers and Rams matching up in this one in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. The biggest game of the year for both teams a 1:25 pm kickoff.

Joe Hawkes does the 49ers podcasts weekends at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Brown says he had ankle injury and had to leave game; 49ers Lance good enough but Shanahan will stay with Garoppolo

Former Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown shirted and unshirted was the talk of the town after throwing his uniform away during the Bucs game at MetLife in New Jersey against the New York Jets on Sun Jan 2, 2022 (photo from the Mirrior)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury, the recent jersey and shoulder pad throwing by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown last Sunday was because he didn’t want to go back in the game and said his ankle was bothering him. Brown said coaches insisted he play but Brown said his ankle was bothering him but Brown doing jumping jacks before running off the field.

#2 San Francisco 49ers back up quarterback Trey Lance had himself an afternoon while filling in for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Lance threw for 16-23 for 249 yards and two touchdowns, and one interception for a convincing 23-7 win over the Houston Texans.

#3 The Golden State Warriors winners of four of their last five games. They got a win over the Utah Jazz 123-116 on Saturday. Stephen Curry led with 28 points the Warriors keep pushing along. Curry scored only nine points against the Miami Heat on Tuesday a season low. Klay Thompson is expected back in the line up very soon according to head coach Steve Kerr.

#4 Amaury, the New York Yankees are considering bringing in Oakland A’s veteran third baseman Matt Chapman. That move is very possible as Chapman will be seeking a multi year deal and a significant raise and playing on the biggest stage in baseball will provide that kind of money.

#5 Several free MLB agents are seeking to sign on new ball clubs, the Braves Freddie Freeman says that he’s interested working things out and returning to the Braves, former Giant Kris Bryant has had interest from the Mets, Padres, or Angels, Trevor Story is looking for ball club to sign with and could fetch for around $100 million.

#6 Ken Rosenthal legendary writer and TV analyst for Fox Sports and the Athletic and formerly with MLB Network did not get his contract renewed by MLB Network which Rosenthal said was due to articles that were critical of MLB and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred regarding MLB how the 2020 season was handled and some of the changes in baseball. One thing for sure members of the media and the members of the BBWAA will have Rosenthal’s back and it might be a war between the media and Manfred.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Lance shines in his start in 49ers 23-7 win

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif. —With all eyes on him and his team’s playoff hopes hinging on his performance, Trey Lance did what he needed to do.

After a slow first half, the San Francisco 49er’s rookie quarterback threw for two touchdowns in the second half to help deliver a 23-7 victory over the Houston Texans in the final home game of the season for San Francisco on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco (9-7) remained as the sixth seed in the NFC and control their own destiny with a win and they’re in scenario for the final week of the regular season.

Lance, who made his first home start of his career and second start of the season, didn’t get off to the hot start that most people were expecting. The Niners offense was able to generate only three first downs on their first four possessions.

Houston (4-12) intercepted Lance on the first play of San Francisco’s fourth possession as he was trying to find tight end George Kittle on the left side, but the pass was underthrown as Desmond King stepped underneath and returned it to their own 20-yard line.

The Texans responded with its best drive of the game. They went 80 yards on 14 plays that was capped off with an eight-yard touchdown reception by Brandin Cooks when rookie quarterback David Mills found him open down the middle in the back of the endzone.

Both offenses played so poorly in the first half that the Texans offense was the first to reach the red zone with four minutes remaining in the first half.

Lance settled down near the end of the first half when he drove the 49ers down to the Texans’ 19-yard line after two completions to Brandon Aiyuk and one to Deebo Samuel. Robbie Gould got San Francisco on the board with a 37-yard field goal with 38 second left in the second quarter.

In the second half San Francisco’s defense dominated the trenches and shutout Houston for the final 30 minutes.

Marcell Harris intercepted Mills on the Texans’ first possession of the second half and Houston’s offense would not be able to recover the rest of the game.

San Francisco only needed four plays to cash in Harris’ pick. Lance found Elijah Mitchell out in the flat for an eight-yard touchdown reception to give the 49ers their first lead of the game at 10-7 with 5:53 left in the third quarter. The drive was aided by a 37-yard passing interference penalty on Terrance Mitchell.

“He played well enough for them to win today,” said Houston Texans head coach David Culley when asked about Lance. “He gave us a chance by giving us that one pick. The thing about him is that he’s very mobile and keeps plays alive.”

The closest Houston came to scoring in the second half was when Ka’imi Fairbairn 45-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with 12:08 left in the fourth quarter.

The Niners took advantage of the good field position off of Fairbairn’s miss. Once again, they only needed four plays to paydirt. On a play-action pass, Lance found Samuel deep down the field on a corner post route. Samuel shook off the attempted tackle and danced his way down the sideline for his sixth receiving touchdown of the season to give San Francisco a commanding 17-7 lead with 9:56 left to play.

“That big play at the end was huge,” said San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan regarding Lance’s performance. “For the most part, he made some pretty good decisions running the ball.”

San Francisco sent Houston packing when they received the ball with under seven minutes remaining in the game. Two big plays, the first a spectacular one-hand catch by Kittle for 28 yards and then a Mitchell 37-yard rush to the Texan’s six-yard line help set up Gould’s 27-yard field goal to seal the deal.

Mitchell became the all-time rookie rushing leader for the 49ers when he rushed for 119 yards on 21 carries. Mitchell’s 878 rushing yard broke the mark set by Vic Washington (811) in 1971 with 14 appearances, despite missing the past three games due to an injury in just 10 appearances.

Lance finished 16 of 23 for 249 yards and two touchdowns and one interception with a QB rating of 116.0. Aiyuk led the Niners in receiving with four catches for 94 yards.

“Yeah, I think I got into a better rhythm,” Lance said. “Probably settled in after that two-minute drive. I think that is when I started talking to (quarterbacks coach) Rich (Scangarello) and (head coach) Kyle (Shanahan) and kind of let them know that I felt settled.”

Mills, who had a rough game, finished 21 of 32 for 163 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His QB rating was just 75.4.

Cooks led the Texans in receiving with seven catches for 66 yards and one touchdown. Running back Rex Burkhead had a quiet game with 47 yards on 16 carries.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 5-for-13 on third down situations. Houston was 5-for-15.

The Niners outgained the Texans 416-222 in total yardage and had more first downs 19-15.

UP NEXT: San Francisco travel down to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in the regular season finale on Sunday 1/9 at 1:25pm.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Second half falls apart for 49ers on both sides of the ball

Tennessee Titans kicker Randy Bullock (14) boots a 44 yard field goal in the closing seconds against the San Francisco 49ers at Nissan Field in Nashville on Thursday Night Football Dec 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with JHawkes:

#1 In the first half Joe, the San Francisco 49ers (8-7) held the Tennessee Titanss (10-5) on defense shutting them out in the first half 10-0.

#2 In the second half the Titans turned the tables with some defense of their own allowing the 49ers to score only one touchdown in the fourth quarter and the Titans scoring ten points in each of the second and third quarters.

#3 Joe, talk about the Titans down 10-0 and rallying back like they did. Ryan Tannehill got the Titans in the red zone in those third and fourth quarters which paid off for the three point 20-17 win over the 49ers.

#4 The 49ers just completely could not getting anything going on offense as the Titans stopped them talk about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his throwing against the Titans defense going 26-35 for 322 yards, one touchdown and it was the turnovers that was the difference two interceptions.

#5 The 49ers host the Houston Texans (3-11) on Sun Jan 2. The Texans face the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday. The Texans have lost seven out of their last nine games and just about a lot of things have gone wrong for the Texans. Joe how do you see this match up between the 49ers and Texans on Sun Jan 2 at Levi Stadium.

Join Joe Hawkes for the 49ers podcasts each Sunday joins us for a special Friday edition at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Titans overcome 10-point deficit edge 49ers 20-17

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) scores a touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers cornerback Josh Norman (left) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Thursday Night Football Dec 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

It was a tale straight out of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde novel.

Randy Bullock kicked a 44-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game to help the Tennessee Titans defeat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 on Thursday evening at Nissan Stadium.

San Francisco had its two-game winning streak snapped. They stayed as the sixth seed in the NFC and the second wild card spot.

Tennessee have won two of its past three games and remained in first place in the AFC South with two games remaining.

The 49ers dominated both sides of the ball in the first half as their defense contained the Titans offense. In the second half the tides turned to Tennessee’s favor as wide receiver AJ Brown couldn’t be stopped.

“”I’m frustrated. I think we could’ve won this one,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. “You still have to play good enough on all three phases. We didn’t play good enough on third down and committed two turnovers and they had zero.”

San Francisco (8-6) scored on its opening drive. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led the offense on a nine-play drive totaling 75 yards that was capped off with a Jeff Wilson Jr one-yard rushing touchdown. Garoppolo was 5-5 for 59 yards.

Tennessee’s (9-5) Jackrabbit Jenkins intercepted Garoppolo inside the endzone to stall the 49ers second drive.

The 49ers went up 10-0 on a Robbie Gould 48-yard field goal on its third possession. The 11-play drive featured Garoppolo overthrowing a wide-open Kyle Juszczyk along the right sidelines, a fourth and one conversion by Deebo Samuel and a face mask penalty on Trent Williams which took San Francisco out of the red zone.

The Titans offense had no answer for the Niners defensive front in the first half as they managed just three first downs (compared to 13 for San Francisco) on its four offensive possessions of the half. San Francisco’s defense had four tackles for loss.

Tennessee came out to start the second half with a 13-play 55-yard drive that resulted in a Randy Bullock 38-yard field goal. The drive featured three third and down and long conversions by quarterback Ryan Tannehill to AJ Brown and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.

The 49ers offense gifted the Titans the ball on their first possession of the second half. Garoppolo threw his second interception when Amani Hooker picked off the ball and returned it to the 49ers 18-yard line.

The Titans took advantage as D’Onta Foreman rushed in for a three-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the drive to even the game at 10-10.

Tennessee’s defense forced a turnover on down when they stopped San Francisco’s attempt on a fourth and six from the Titans 40-yard line to keep the momentum on their side.

The Titans took its first lead of the game to open the fourth quarter when Tannehill connected with Brown for an 18-yard touchdown reception to complete a seven play 59-yard drive.

Brown, who played in his first game since suffering a chest injury back in Week 11, went off in the second half as the Niners defense played a soft zone and allowed him lots of room to jump start Tennessee’s offense which was dormant for the first 30 minutes. He finished with 11 catches for 145 yards and one touchdown.

Garoppolo, who had his own version of Jekyll and Hyde, redeemed himself when he led an eight play 95-yard drive in just under three minutes. The key play of the drive was a 56-yard reception to Samuel that set up San Francisco at the Titans five-yard line. The drive was capped off with a two-yard pass to Brandon Aiyuk to even the score at 17-17.

Garoppolo finished the game 26 of 35 for 322 yards and one touchdown and the two glaring interceptions. Samuel led the 49ers in receiving with nine catches for 159 yards and one touchdown. He also contributed 32 yards on the ground in five carries.

Tight end Geroge Kittle had a quiet game after three excellent games with only two catches for 21 yards on just three targets.

“Our best players didn’t play their best game…Deebo obviously played really well,” Kittle said.

Tennessee limited San Francisco to 83 rushing yards as their front seven dominated the trenches in the second half.

Tannehill finished 22 of 29 for 209 yards and one touchdown. He was 10 of 13 for just 40 yards in the first half but went 12 of 26 for 169 yards in the second half. His 23-yard scramble to the Niners 31-yard line set up Bullock’s game winning heroics.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 3-for-8 on third down conversions. Tennessee was 9-for-16.

UP NEXT: San Francisco host their final home game of the regular season as they take on the Houston Texans on Sunday 1/2 at 1:05pm.

49ers shoot down Falcons 31-13; Niners pick up fifth win in six games

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws against the Atlanta Falcons defense in second half action on Sun Dec 18, 2021 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — These are the games you’re supposed to win if you want to be playoff contender.

The San Francisco 49ers took care of business in a 31-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons (6-8) on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco has won two games in a row as they continue their playoff push for in the NFC playoff race. They are currently the sixth seed in the NFC and in the second wild card position. Atlanta has lost two of its past three games.

It was a start JaMycal Hasty would soon like to forget as he fumbled the opening kickoff that was recovered by the Falcons at the 49ers 14-yard line.

San Francisco’s (8-6) stout defense let Hasty off the hook as they made a goal line stand on a fourth and goal from their own one-yard line when Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw incomplete to Kyle Pitts.

“I thought our defense played really well in the first half,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanhan. “The two drives before our final drive, I think we went three and out on both. We needed to stay on the field and finish them right there. (Our) D came up huge with those four down stops which made us survive it.”

After a 48-yard field goal by Yonghoe Koo the 49ers offense revved up the engine on their second offensive possession. They drove down 79 yards on 11 plays which resulted in a 30-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The drive was set up with receptions of 25 and 28 yards to tight end George Kittle from Jimmy Garoppolo.

San Francisco went up 10-3 on its third possession. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk rumbled in for a six-yard touchdown run to complete an eight play 77-yard drive. Brandon Aiyuk contributed a 36-yard reception and Jeff Wilson Jr. had a 17-yard rush to help set up Juszczyk’s first rushing TD of the season.

Atlanta (6-8) responded with an eight play 65-yard drive of their own capped off with a 20-yard touchdown from Ryan to wide receiver Russell Gage who leaped high up in the air over Aubrey Thomas for the reception. The drive was aided on a controversial roughing the passer penalty on Arden Key, who had sacked Ryan one play earlier.

Garoppolo marched the 49ers down the field on just six plays and 75 yards in 3:27 that resulted in a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Deebo Samuel to close out the half. Samuel had a 30-yard reception to open the drive.

Samuel now has seven rushing touchdowns on the season, compared to his five receiving touchdowns.

“I just saw it on the install,” Samuel said regarding his new hybrid role on offense. “He (Shanahan) knows my mindset when it comes to just playing the game. I’m never going to shy away from any contact or shy away from anything that they ask me to do.”

San Francisco made the second half a living nightmare for Ryan and the Falcons offense.

Ryan was sacked in back-to-back plays in their opening drive of the second half. The second sack resulted in a fumble by Ryan with Fred Warner recovering for the 49ers.

“Our pass rush is coming alive and they’re coming alive when we needed them to,” said 49ers linebacker Fred Warner. “They’re the ones who start it, penetrating on first and second down so they can earn the right to rush on third down.”

San Francisco only needed four plays to make the Falcons pay for their miscue as Wilson Jr. rushed for a five-yard touchdown to increase the Niners lead to 24-10.

“Our guys were locked in today,” Garoppolo said. “It was a big game. NFC opponent, playoff picture and everything like that. It’s December football. We knew what we were in for.”

It was Wilson’s first rushing touchdown of the season as he made his second consecutive start for the injured Elijah Mitchell.

Atlanta drove 71 yards on nine plays capped off with a 22-yard field goal by Koo.

The 49ers put the game away with another quick drive. They went 75 yards on five plays when Garoppolo completed a four-yard touchdown reception to Jauan Jennings with 5:11 remaining in the third quarter.

San Francisco’s defense held the fort late in the fourth quarter as they stopped back-to-back drives by Atlanta’s offense forcing the Falcons to turn the ball over downs icing the game for the 49ers.

Ryan, who was under duress for the majority of the game, finished 19 of 32 for 236 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions with a QB rating of 92.7. Gage led Atlanta in receiving with eight catches for 91 yards and one touchdown.

San Francisco rushed for 162 yards while holding Atlanta to just 62 yards as both the offensive and defensive lines for the 49ers dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball.

Atlanta’s playoff push took a severe blow, but the team is not ready to concede their season with three games left in the season.

“We know nothing is set in stone,” Gage said. “You know we have three games left, anything can happen. The season has been crazy as we’ve all seen. So we’re gonna go out here and try to find a way to win these last three (games).”

Garoppolo finished 18 of 23 for 235 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a QB rating of 126.1. Wilson Jr. led all rushers with 110 yards on 21 carries. Kittle led the 49ers in receiving with six catches for 93 yards.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 6-for-11 on third down conversions. Atlanta was 5-for-13.

UP NEXT: San Francisco travels out to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football 11/23 at 5:20pm at Nissan Stadium

49ers blow big lead, save face in 26-23 OT win over Bengals

San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle (85) catches a first half touchdown pass against Cincinnati Bengals’ Chidobe Awuzie (22) at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Sun Dec 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

They don’t always have to look pretty to count in the standings.

The San Francisco 49ers blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter but rebounded to win 26-23 in overtime over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.

San Francisco has won four of its past five games and currently sit in the sixth place and the second wild card spot in the NFC. In losing their two out of their past three games, Cincinnati have dropped from sixth to ninth in the AFC.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw an out route to Brandon Aiyuk from 11 yards out with two minutes left in overtime as Aiyuk dived for the pylon as he was pushed out of bounds. After a replay review, it was determined Aiyuk crossed the plain of the goal line for the game winning touchdown.

“It was a dog fight that whole game,” said Garoppolo. “Guys were battling, we knew it was going to be a 60-minute game, a little extra in this case, it was everything that we could’ve asked for. It was a fun night.”

Cincinnati (7-6) were able to force on what looked to have been an unforeseeable overtime on two fourth quarter touchdown drives from quarterback Joe Burrow.

Burrow found Jamar Chase in the back of the endzone after the pocket collapsed and Burrow scrambled to his right throwing off his back foot. Niners saftey Jaquiski Tartt lost sight of Chase who kept his balance for his ninth touchdown reception of the season.

Cincinnati went on a seven play, 87-yard drive capped off when Burrow took advantage of one-on-one coverage and threw a 32-yard touchdown reception to Chase who beat rookie cornerback Ambry Thomas for his second touchdown of the game and his team leading 10th of the season.

The Bengals won the coin toss and received the ball first in overtime. Burrow was able to lead them down the field for an Evan McPherson 41-yard field goal to go up 23-20 with 6:15 remaining in the extra session.

The 49ers were without rookie running back Elijah Mitchell who was inactive with an injury. They did however get wide receiver Deebo Samuel back from his injury.

San Francisco was in control of the game for the first three quarters of the game as they were up 20-6 as they entered the fourth quarter.

After a first quarter that saw each team exchange field goals, the 49ers offense began to click in the second quarter.

San Francisco (7-6) went on a six-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 27-yard end around rushing touchdown by Samuel to go up 10-3 early in the second quarter.

Samuel, the hybrid wide receiver and running back, has six rushing touchdowns on the season compared to just five receiving touchdowns.

The 49ers were the recipient of two muffed punts by Darius Phillips in the first half. They converted both turnovers into touchdown drives.

The second happened with 56 seconds left in the half. Garpollo needed just four plays and 39 seconds to cash in when he found tight end George Kittle for a 14-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left.

Kittle had arguably his best game in a 49er’s uniforms. His stat line was impressive as led all receivers with 15 catches for 151 yards and one touchdown. However, the majority of his catches were made in clutch situations and ability to make tough catches look easy were critical in keeping drives alive for San Francisco.

On a third and 10 with under a minute remaining in regulation, Kittle reached up to the heavens to pull down a high pass from Garoppolo to the Bengals 29-yard line setting up kicker Robbie Gould’s potential winning 47-yard field goal that Gould ended up missing, setting up the overtime.

In the overtime, Kittle had three catches to convert three third down conversions, something the 49ers struggled with throughout the game, to help set up Aiyuk’s heroics at the end.

“Jimmy made some plays there at the end that I thought were huge,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. I think we’re a hard team to beat when we don’t turn it over. Kittle was huge. He made some really big plays on that last drive.”

San Francisco’s defense kept pressure on Burrow as they sacked him four times and forced the Benglas into field goals instead of touchdowns when Cincinnati was inside the red zone.

Cincinnati was able to sack Garoppolo five times as their front four did a great job collapsing the pocket and leaving Garoppolo with nowhere to go.

Garoppolo finished 27 of 41 for 296 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions to go along with a 103.3 QB rating. Jeff Wilson Jr., who replaced Mitchell in the starting lineup, rushed for 56 yards on 13 carries. Samuel finished 37 yards on eight carries.

Burrow went 25 of 34 for 348 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions with a 125.6 rating. Tee Higgins led the Bengals in receiving with five catches for 114 yards. Joe Mixon had just 58 yards on 18 carries as the Niners defense kept him at bay for the majority of the game.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 5-for-15 on third down conversions. Cincinnati was 4-for-13.

Shanahan mentioned after the game that Dontae Johnson’s mother Holly Garner had a heart attack and passed away this morning in explaining Jonhson’s absence from the team today.

UP NEXT: San Francisco return home to host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday 12/19 at 1:05pm at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Deebo could be in line up today; Mitchell will sit out against Cincinnati today

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) pushes his way into the end zone for a second half touchdown against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Jordyn Brooks, top, and cornerback D.J. Reed (below) during Sun Oct 3, 2021 game in Santa Clara. Samuel might be returning for today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (AP file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 San Francisco 49ers (6-6) wide receiver Deebo Samuel says he’s feeling good and is almost ready to come back from his groin injury to face the Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) this Sunday.

#2 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell will be out of commission this Sunday against the Bengals as he’s still trying to recover from his concussion and knee injury. Mitchell has had his setbacks with injuries he had a shoulder and broken finger which caused him to miss two games.

#3 Cornerback Dontae Johnson will not play in Cincinnati Sunday due to a personal matter. Johnson was supposed to take Emmanuel Mosley’s spot but Mosely will not start and the 49ers will start Deommodore Lenoir or Ambry Thomas both are rookies that said will coach Shanahan be concerned about how the corner position is played Sunday?

#4 The Bengals have won five out of their last eight games most recently taking a 41-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers (7-5). The Bengals just simply couldn’t generate any offense against the Chargers getting shutout in the first and fourth quarters. Joe how do you see the 49ers and Bengals matching up today in Cincinnati.

#5 Last week Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 300 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. How do you see the 49ers defending against Burrow and his passing game today.

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