4 winners and 2 losers from 49ers Sunday night win over Chargers

4 winners and 2 losers from 49ers Sunday night win over Chargers

The 49ers managed to pull off a 22-16 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night at Levi’s Stadium. Both teams had 11 possessions each, but the 49ers went 14 more plays and edged Los Angeles by 149 total yards. The Chargers fell into Kyle Shanahan’s trap of losing on both sides of the run game, with the 49ers outscoring the Chargers 157-51 and resulting in a nearly 14-minute possession advantage for the 49ers, and that’s where the game was won.

The 49ers defense held opponents to a scoreless second half for the second straight week as the offense did just enough to snatch the win by six points. These are Sunday night’s winners and losers.

Winner: Elijah Mitchell

In his first game after an injury he suffered in Week 1, Mitchell was the 49ers’ most productive player on offense in total yards. He finished with a team-high 19 touches (18 carries, one reception) for a team-high 88 yards (89 rushing, minus one reception). Mitchell was ultra-consistent all night, averaging 4.9 yards per carry on a long 12-yard run, with just two of his carries resulting in negative yards. It came as a bit of a surprise that Mitchell led an offense that included McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel on the sidelines when he returned to attack. However, his consistency made him an easy choice for Kyle Shanahan as the match continued.

Loser: Dr. Greenlaw

Greenlaw’s comeback from injury was cut short after New York ruled his helmet-to-helmet hit on runner Justin Herbert in the second quarter was worthy of being ejected. Herbert went loose on a third down late in the second quarter, and he was knocked down by Jimmie Ward, with Greenlaw’s helmet connected to Herbert’s head, resulting in the flag. While the penalty was probably warranted, the ejection could have been excessive as Ward’s tackle is what changed the angle Greenlaw was hitting Herbert. Greenlaw finished with a team-high seven tackles, but his pass-covering difficulties, coupled with the disqualification, made it a game to remember for the linebacker.

Winner: Fred Warner

While Azeez Al-Shaair stepped up in Greenlaw’s absence, Warner’s play was by far the most impressive in the linebacking corps. He finished with seven total tackles (tied with Greenlaw) but had a solid game with three pass deflections and was outstanding in the pass rush. Warner took the clutch in the second half, applying pressure on Herbert that forced an incomplete third and a punt. Then late in the fourth quarter, Warner interrupted a second down pass intended for Tre’ McKitty on a drive that resulted in a roll on the downs.

Winner: Mitch Wishnowsky and Samuel Womack

As the special teams struggled again, Wishnowsky blocked a punt in the first half while Robbie Gould missed his first PAT of the season, one of the game’s biggest plays came from the unit punt.

The 49ers were forced to throw a fourth-and-5 with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter in Chargers territory, with the 49ers clinging to a three-point lead. Wishnowsky fired a punt from the 49ers 45-yard line that was suspended in the air for approximately 4.6 seconds (TV networks to bring the suspension time clock back to the screen) that traveled approximately 46 meters in the air bouncing off the Charger’s six. sorting line. Samuel Womack was waiting and downed the ball on that one, forcing the Chargers to a long field goal with 2:02 left. The defense used the position on the pitch to the fullest, forcing a turnover on the downs and giving the offense a goal situation to strive for. Should it have been called a touchback with Womack rolling the ball back into the end zone? The NBC broadcast team seemed to think so but weren’t called to the field in favor of the 49ers.

Loser: Kyle Shanahan’s lack of aggression on fourth down

Keep in mind that the 49ers won on Sunday night, and ultimately those fourth-down decisions didn’t hurt the team. The 49ers even converted on a fourth down in the third quarter with a sneak from Jimmy Garoppolo. The conversion was only the third of the season for the offense and pulled out of the tie for last place for the fewest fourth down conversions.

However, this was only one of the few situations where Shanahan could have attempted a fourth conversion. The Chargers offense opened the game with a touchdown-scoring drive, but the 49ers responded with a first drive that allowed the offense to run down to the Chargers 2-yard line. Instead of trusting any of the many weapons at his disposal on offense, Shanahan went for a 20-yard field goal from Gould to cut the Chargers’ lead to four.

The 49ers then had three second-half drives that saw the offense reach the Chargers’ 8-, 41-, and 2-yard line, with the first two leading to another field goal from Gould in a go-for-go situation and the Wishnowsky punt mentioned above on the fourth and fifth. The last of three drives saw the offense start at the Chargers 8-yard line, holding onto a three-point lead with 1:17 left in the game.

The 49ers ran the ball three times, running down the 2-yard line with the Chargers burning all three of their timeouts. Shanahan again opted to take the short field goal, extending the 49ers lead to six and putting the Chargers in a touchdown or bust situation. The move also followed an interesting third play call that saw Mitchell knock the ball out of the shotgun that lost a yard. Again, instead of trusting any of the many options on offense, this time to put the game away, Shanahan went the conservative route with the field goal.

At some point, it would be a nice change to see Shanahan get aggressive in those fourth-and-short situations. The offense has shown they can convert final downs and are in the top ten in the league for third conversions while also being in the teams bottom ten in terms of fourth attempts. It still hasn’t been something that hurt the 49ers and didn’t Sunday night, but it’s a concerning trend for Shanahan.

Winner: 49ers defensive line

Sunday night, the defensive line was perhaps the best unit for the 49ers. The front four played a huge role in keeping the Chargers rushing offense to just 51 yards on 16 attempts, with Austin Ekeler finishing with just 24 yards on six attempts. Ekeler’s six carries resulted in gains of 0, 5, 2, 3, 12 and 2 yards, essentially turning the Chargers’ first rusher into a non-factor.

For as good as the line was against the run, the pass rush was just as good, if not better. Nick Bosa led the way for the pass rush with a sack and four quarterback hits, with Jordan Willis and Charles Omenihu each recording their own sacks. Even rookie Drake Jackson participated, beating a pass from Herbert in the second quarter on the line. Herbert was never able to get too comfortable in the pocket, which resulted in a season-low 196 yards.

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