If the first week of the regular season the 49ers lost to………the 49ers. Dropped passes, turnovers by Jimmy Garoppolo, and mental errors led to the 49ers not getting the W today. The defense actually played quite well today. They could have tackled better, but still played well. The kept the team in the game until the very last minute when Garoppolo threw an interception to end the comeback.
Early on the Vikings were winning the field position, as the 49ers offense struggled to move the ball. The Niners struck first in the turnover department after Dalvin Cook coughed up the ball, but were unable to capitalize.
Towards the end of the first half, the Niners had a 14 play drive that ended with Alfred Morris fumbling the ball on the goalline. Leaving the score 10-3 going into halftime.
In the second half, Kyle Shanahan drew up a great play leaving George Kittle wide open and Garoppolo put the ball where it needed to be, but Kittle dropped what would have been a touchdown. On the very next play, Garoppolo threw a pick-6 after wide receiver Kendrick Bourne slipped on his route.
Kendrick Bourne too responsibility for running wrong route on Garoppolo’s pick six. He said the QB threw it where it needed to be.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 9, 2018
Despite being down 17-3 at this point the 49ers would not give up and clawed their way back to be within a touchdown. But further drops by Pierre Garçon in the end zone and two more interceptions from Garaoppolo would lead to the 49ers losing this game.
Injuries were also not kind to the 49ers this afternoon, as the lost Marquise Goodwin, starting right guard Mike Person and even backup right guard Josh Garnett.
On injury front, #49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said WR Marquise Goodwin suffered a bruised quad. Garnett and Person will need further tests and Shanahan said they’d have better idea tomorrow on their chances for next week.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) September 9, 2018
Let’s put something into perspective though. The 49ers could have won this game if not for the mental errors, like Solomon Thomas neutral zone infraction on a 4th and 1 to give the Vikings a new set of downs, and the dropped passes. They played a very tough defense and even though they made a ton of mistakes, they were within a touchdown of winning. I think this shows how far this team has come, and the future is bright for the red and gold.
Garoppolo is no longer undefeated as a starting quarterback so let’s see how he reacts the loss next Sunday as they take on the Lions in the home opener.