Battle of the Bay: A Nick Mullens’ Classic

I don’t care if it was the Raiders. I don’t care if it may have costed the 49ers the number one draft pick. It feels good to win and oh did the 49ers win The Battle of the Bay. The 49ers beat the Raiders on both sides of the ball. The defense sacked Derek Carr and later AJ McCarron seven, yes, count them seven times. There was consistent pressure on the Raider quarterbacks, the offensive line couldn’t block anyone wearing a red jersey.

They held the Raiders offense to only 250 yards and a single field goal, which they scored on their opening drive. They tried for another field goal when they were down 31-3 because of course, kick the field goal, why try and win the game. Defense coordinator Robert Saleh’s defense played lights out and as great as it is to praise the defense for playing great, this was Nick Mullens’ night. Wait, who?

Who is Nick Mullens?

Unless you are a 49ers fan there is a chance you may have no idea who Nick Mullens is, but you know who he is now. An undrafted free agent in 2017 from Southern Mississippi. While in Southern Miss he broke a lot of Brett Favre’s record, remember him?

Tonight the offense led by Mullens put up over 34 points, over 400 total yards and no turnovers. Mullens started his NFL career going six for six before he had his first incompletion. He scored his first career touchdown on the opening drive. He finished the night 16/22, 262 yards, and three touchdowns. Oh, and in the middle of the game, Twitter verifies him.

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Mullens hit eight different receivers during the night, spreading the ball around. Went through his progressions and didn’t turn the ball over and wasn’t sacked even once. What more can you ask from your third-string quarterback?

Oh and in his post-game interview head coach Kyle Shanahan had this to say about the final Battle of the Bay matchup with the Raiders.

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Matt Woolsey

Matt Woolsey

Writer San Francisco 49ers Desk at Sports Talk Line
I was a December baby born in 1980. Married to my beautiful bride Jen for the past 15 years, and father of 3. Been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years, been playing dynasty for the past 5 years. All I can say is I love the game.
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