Injuries, injuries, and more injuries, that was the biggest story in the 49ers game against the Chargers. They lost both wide receiver Dante Pettis and left tackle Joe Staley to knee injuries before halftime. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey went out before the half with an ankle injury but came back in for the second series after halftime.
The 49ers actually got off to a great start after a pick-6, courtesy of Philip Rivers, on the Chargers first drive to go up 7-0. C.J. Beathard led the 49ers down the field and with a touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne, the 49ers made it 14-0 and seemed to be rolling.
The defense was tackling better than the previous games this year but had a hard time creating pressure against the Chargers offensive line and Rivers, not getting their sack until less than four minutes left in the third quarter. They were completely outmatched. The Chargers offense did a great job at creating one-on-one mismatches. The defense played softly in coverage. And where is that “All Gas and No Breaks” defense we’ve been hearing about? And what was defensive end Solomon Thomas doing dropping into coverage?
Despite the injuries, the 49ers kept this one close and even could have won, but a late interception by Beathard after getting hit in the backfield iced this one and led to the second straight loss for the 49ers and the third one for the season. Joe Staley was definitely missed in the second half and on the last drive in particular.
Beathard gave it his all in this game and could have given the 49ers a win. A lot of people were expecting a blowout and this one came down to the last couple minutes. If the 49ers defense can get their act together this team can win some games even with Beathard under center. He obviously isn’t Jimmy Garoppolo, but he ain’t no roody-poo either.
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