The 49ers are proposed in a bid to repeat the loss to the Cardinals as NFC Champions, Bleacher reports


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On Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers began a difficult task.

The list of teams returning to the Super Bowl after losing last year is not long. List of teams that have avoided that loss win The subsequent Super Bowl is even smaller.

The discovery of San Francisco sparked historical trends that set off to a shaky start. After taking an early lead, the 49ers fell to the Arizona Cardinals, 24-20, and that loss highlighted some problem areas that could potentially prevent them from making another deep playoff in 2020.

Things started getting pretty good. When Runam Mostert bounced back, a short pass and bang for 76 yards for a score in the first quarter, the 49ers were 10–0, and it looked as if the team could run to victory.

But San Francisco would score just one more touchdown in the remainder of an offensive performance that was more than a little disconnecting.

In last year’s March of the Super Bowl, the 49ers led the NFC in rushing, averaging 144.1 yards per game. San Francisco narrowed that mark on Sunday against the Cardinals, though not by a ton. The team’s 123 yards and 4.9 yards per carry appear quite respectable.

But the running trio of San Francisco’s Rahiman Mortart, Tevin Coleman and Jaric McKinnon was impressive against the Cardinals’ run defense, which finished 24th. NFL one year ago. Those three backs were added for 22 karat from 98 yards – not terrible, but also not that the 49ers are accustomed to being on the ground. Especially in a close competition game.

San Francisco’s inconsistent run game in Week 1 was considered one of the game’s biggest plays. At the start of the second quarter, the Ninnars led the team to a 4–7 goal from inside the 1-yard line with a 10–7 lead. With a powerful offensive line and a Pro Bowl fullback, it was a position that was money for San Francisco last year.

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It was not on Sunday. The majority of the goal line was cut off, and 49 habitats were taken away.

The extra attack was put on the 49ers’ passing attack, with a run of less than peak efficiency. And at first glance, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t have a terrible game. The seventh-year veteran threw for 259 yards and two scores without interceptions and gave a 103.0 passer rating.

But nearly half of Garoppolo’s passing yards hit that long catch-and-run, which was done by Mostert and a 41-yard catch by fullback Kyle Juszczyk. He completed 57.6 percent of his 33 pass attempts – a key factor in San Francisco converting two of 11 third-down attempts.

To be fair, the game had some working conditions against Garoppolo. They did not have second-year receiver Deebo Samuel or rookie Brandon Ayuk. Star Tait and George Kaitel were briefly ruled out with a foot injury. And copy 95.7 Sports in San Francisco, Head coach Kyle Shehanah pleaded guilty to a showing of guilt.

“[Garoppolo] There were some good plays, “he said.” … he will play better. We want to play better on offense, and it starts with me. “

Don’t worry, Kyle. You were already up.

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Shanahan has long been revered as one of the game’s most innovative play-callers. But for the second time in many games, his play-calling was questionable at times, especially in the second half. Yes, the run game was not a good Sunday, but skipping it altogether at the end of the decisive drive surprised the receiver given the team’s injuries.

After Kite returned to the field in the second half, he was not targeted for the rest of the game. Not even once.

This is more than puzzling.

With the NFL’s worst defense against offense last year, the NFC’s best defense in 2019 left little room for mistakes. But the Niners did not turn into an error-free performance on that side of the ball. away with.

The 49ers actually surrendered more yards (404) than the Cardinals gave up on average a season ago (402). Arizona dropped 11 more downs than San Francisco, converting half of its third-down attempts and holding the ball nearly three minutes longer than the 49ers.

Cardinals quarterback Kylar Murray slammed the team to the ground for 91 yards, trailing 49 consecutive runs. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins hit 14 of 16 targets for 151 yards, completely destroying Niers Cornerback Emanuel Moseley.

Just as an offense, the coaching staff deserves blame, as well. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh made little effort to adjust to what the Cardinals were doing. He did not get constant security help. No spying was made on Murray.

The 49ers continued to do only one thing, despite the fact that it was not working. And as a result, they were defeated.

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This is not necessarily the pressing of a temporal panic button. The return of Samuel and Ayuk will help the passing game. The defense remains one of the most talented in the NFL. One would think that Shanahan and Saleh would learn from the audacity they took in this loss, and it is not surprising to see a team play a sloppy game after an offseason that includes zero pre-season outings.

However, the 49ers also do not have much margin for error. Not in 2020. The NFC West may be the toughest division in the NFL this season. The 49ers are already a game of the Cardinals and arch rival Seattle Seahawks, who clung to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1.

San Francisco’s position as defending NFC champion also paints a target on its back.

Fortunately, Week 2 presents a repurchase as the 49ers may be on the road against the New York Jets team, followed by another tilt at MetLife Stadium next week.

This section should give Niners a chance to address the concerns that became apparent in Week 1. To be healthier and more efficient on offense. To tighten things up on defense.

There is no reason to lose the first game of the season.

Given How They lost it, though? This is a cause for real concern, especially for the team traveling to Tampa in February.