With their 38-10 blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers have began their season with a 4-0 document in opposition to the NFC West for the primary time since 2002. The win additionally improves the 49ers to 6-4, and with them proudly owning the tiebreaker with the Seahawks, strikes them to the highest of the NFC West.
Arizona’s largest lead of the evening was simply three factors, and even then, they held that lead for under 13 and a half minutes within the first quarter. From that time on, it was all 49ers.
These are the 5 winners and one loser on an evening the place the 49ers prolonged their profitable streak to 3.
Loser: Kickoff returns
This text collection is titled winners and losers, so let’s attain a bit and begin with the lone loser from Monday evening to fulfill this self-imposed quota.
Each Robbie Gould and Matt Prater took full benefit of Estadio Azteca’s 7,200-foot elevation as the 2 kickers mixed for eight touchbacks on the sport’s eight kickoffs. To make issues even worse, all the kickoffs went by way of the again of the endzone, so there wasn’t even a glimmer of a return.
On a weekend the place Cordarelle Patterson broke the document for many profession kickoff touchdowns, 49ers and Cardinals followers had been robbed of even a single return.
Winner: C.B. Charvarius Ward
Whereas DeAndre Hopkins’s stat line would not recommend it, with 9 receptions for 91 yards, Ward was presumably among the finest gamers on the 49ers’ protection. After solely enjoying on the left aspect of the 49ers’ protection this season, Ward was tasked with switching sides as Hopkins has performed 232 of his 291 snaps from him coming into Monday on the precise aspect of the protection.
Six of Hopkin’s 9 receptions had been held to 10 yards or fewer, not simply due to how tight Ward’s protection was however due to Ward’s tackling as nicely. Ward completed with a team-high ten tackles on Monday evening, with 9 being solo and one leading to a loss. Ward wasn’t letting a lot get previous him, with seven of his ten tackles coming inside 5 yards of the road of scrimmage.
Winner: QB Jimmy Garoppolo
Garoppolo continued his possession of the Cardinals along with his 228-yard, four-touchdown efficiency on Monday evening. It marked Garoppolo’s first four-touchdown sport for the reason that well-known 48-46 win over the Saints in 2019.
Whereas the 4 touchdowns could be what stands out most within the field rating, his zero within the interception column ought to stand simply as giant, with Monday marking the primary time he is gone three consecutive video games with out an interception for the primary time as a 49er. The 49ers are actually 6-0 this season in video games the place Garoppolo finishes interception free and has had six landing passes over his final three video games.
Winner: 49ers’ first-down protection
The 49ers’ protection as an entire was phenomenal all through the evening, however they particularly stood out on first down. Seven of the Cardinals’ 26 first down performs resulted in destructive yards, with the largest loss approaching Nick Bosa’s sack of Colt McCoy to finish the primary half.
Arizona simply totaled 70 yards on first downs, averaging 2.69 yards per play on first downs, that means they performed behind the sticks on second down a lot of the sport. Even then, that quantity is inflated as 36 of the 70 yards got here when Hint McSorely and Arizona’s second-team offense entered the sport. Meaning Arizona’s starters averaged 1.6 yards of 21 first down performs, with six of the 21 leading to destructive yardage.
Winner: WR Deebo Samuel
Monday evening was the prototypical Deebo Samuel large sport. Samuel completed the sport with 57 receiving yards on seven receptions and 37 yards on three rushes, and a landing. Samuel went almost untouched (Budda Baker barely obtained a hand on Samuel proper earlier than Samuel crossed the aim line) on an end-around for the 39-yard landing run, the longest run of his profession.
The landing felt prefer it was the play that put the sport away, regardless of it coming with 10:34 left within the third quarter, placing the 49ers up 24-10. It was additionally probably the most complete yards Samuel has had in a sport for the reason that 49ers had been final on Monday Night time Soccer when he torched the Rams for 117 yards throughout Week 4.
Winner: TE George Kittle
On an evening the place he met AEW wrestler Penta El Zero M (creator of Kittle’s well-known first down celebration) and acquired a customized 49ers Penta masks, Kittle had the most effective sport of his season, ending with 4 receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
His two touchdowns had been two of the three longest performs for the 49ers’ offense, with the primary being a 39-yard landing within the second quarter to place up 14-3 and the second going for 32 yards to increase the 49ers’ result in 38 -10 early within the fourth quarter. Monday evening was simply the second time Kittle completed with a couple of landing in a sport, the primary coming final season in opposition to Seattle in Week 13.