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Predict the 49ers' First Offensive Play, Tackle, and Touchdown

Prediction time for 49ers-Texans! What will the 49ers run as their first offensive play? What 49ers defender will secure the first tackle. How will the 49ers score their first touchdown? New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

Michael Thomas

We're a day away from the 49ers Week 5 contest against the Houston Texans, and it's time for more game predictions. The predictions will include:

  1. the first offensive play the 49ers will run/attempt to execute,
  2. the first player on defense (not special teams) who will make a tackle, and
  3. how the team's first touchdown will be scored (if you think one will be scored).

Here are the results from last week:

1. First offensive play: Colin Kaepernick pass to Bruce Miller for 11 yards

Winners: 9erlifer

2. First defensive tackle: Tarell Brown on pass play to Chris Givens

Winners: Nobody

3. First 49ers touchdown: Colin Kaepernick pass to Anquan Boldin

Winners: BcQa, ndonovan18

For this year, you can find the ground rules below. The prize for correctly guessing a category is bragging rights.

Offensive Play Prediction Guidelines: Try to be as specific as you can on what you think the 49ers' first offensive play will be. Don't just say "pass play" or "run play". Instead, say "Kaepernick throws a slant route to Boldin for 7 yards" or "Frank Gore runs right side and picks up three yards." You can also predict incompletions, interceptions, fumbles, touchdowns, and even a safety if you really think that will happen on the first offensive play!

Defensive Tackle Prediction Guidelines: Predicting the first defensive play is much more obscure, so this one is a simpler category -- project who you think will make the team's first tackle that does not come on special teams or a returned interception/fumble.

First Touchdown Against Houston: If you do not think the 49ers will score a touchdown, then say "no touchdowns" as your answer. Otherwise, predict how you think the 49ers' first offensive touchdown will be scored, along with the person(s) who will score. You can predict it to be on offense, defense, or special teams. If you predict a passing touchdown, name both the quarterback and the receiver.

Here is the template you can copy+paste for your comments:

First Offensive Play:
First Defensive Tackle:
First Touchdown:

Here are my predictions...

First Offensive Play: Handoff to Frank Gore from offset I formation; Gore goes left guard for four yards
First Defensive Tackle: Ahmad Brooks of Arian Foster
First Touchdown: Frank Gore 12-yard run