49ers Narrowly Escape Defeat

It wasn’t pretty, hell just tell it as it was, an ugly, ugly win. The 49ers had five turnovers with four of them coming in the first five possessions. Of the the four, two of the interceptions were tipped throws with one being an ill-advised throw. With so many turnovers on there own side of the field, the Steelers must have capitalized right? Wrong. If having Le’veon Bell and Antonio Brown jumping ship weren’t enough, Big Ben Roethlisberger was put on season ending IR with an elbow injury last week.

The Steelers offense played as good as you’d expect without their seventeen year veteran leader, poor to mediocre,  with there being a couple shining moments during the afternoon. Mason Rudolph had a rough first start accumulating a whopping 18.7 QBR. There first three possessions combined for just twenty-six yards of offense, but came away with six points due their starting field position because of the 49ers mishaps on offense. Juju Smith-Shuster had a short slant that turned into a seventy-six touchdown. Jason Verrett had a pair of poor defensive plays for the Niners defense, that led to Diontae Johnson streaking for a thirty-nine yard touchdown.

Other than those few instances, the Niners looked very stout on defense holding running back James Conner to forty-three rushing yards on thirteen attempts. With the additions of Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, and Kwon Alexander all to the front seven, this run defense has become one of the best so far in 2019. Seventy-five rushing yards allowed per game thus far, puts the niners seventh best overall this season. Another bright spot this season that shined on Sunday was counted domincace of the 49ers run game. They rushed for 168 yards averaging just over 4.2 yards per carry. The Niners defense came up with a enormous fourth quarter fumble in Steeler territory which led to a game winning catch from quarter back Jimmy Garropolo to a receiver that we all expected, Dante Pettis? After Pettis’s exile in the first two games, not many expected to do much in this game but he came up with a huge game winning catch with just 1:15 left on the clock to seal the 49ers third victory of the season. 

Going into the bye week, the Niners need to tighten up and put an emphasis on not turning the ball over. They are tied for the most turnovers committed this season. They have also committed twenty five penalties racking up 233 yards in just three games which will not hold up against teams like the Rams and the Packers later on this season. Most of these penalties have been ticky tacky holding calls, that can be easily be corrected. Some of these penalties have cost the 49ers important points whether it be from called back touchdowns or given the opposing teams extra field position. A good productive bye week will set them up nicely against a struggling Cleveland Browns team that just came off an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Rams. 

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