The San Francisco 49ers won a wild one in Week 4, coming back from a 21-10 first half deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-21. Wild does not even begin to describe this one. The 49ers dominated this game in terms of yards and time of possession, and yet they did not take the lead until late in the first half. The 49ers out-gained the Eagles 407-213, and dominated time of possession 42:17 to 17:43. And yet this game went down to the wire.
This game was all about the defense. The 49ers struggled to show any sort of consistency, but the defense thoroughly dominated the Eagles. The 49ers defense only managed one sack, but the secondary played out of their collective minds, holding Nick Foles to 21 of 43 for 195 yards and two interceptions. The defense also stepped up in shutting down LeSean McCoy. The Eagles running back finished the game with 17 yards on 10 carries.
The 49ers defense capped this game with a pair of huge stops late in the game. The Eagles had a 3rd and goal at the 49ers 1, but could not convert on two pass plays. They got the ball back with just under 1:30 to go, and were snuffed out again. On both drives, rookie outside linebacker Aaron Lynch made huge plays. He appears to have surpassed Corey Lemonier on the depth chart. We'll have plenty more on that.
The 49ers offense struggled mightily with consistency. This was primarily due to Colin Kaepernick. He did make some huge throws, but he struggled with accuracy, and was abysmal with the play clock. If Greg Roman or somebody else is to blame, so be it, but it seems like this is probably on Kap. Hopefully we'll find out more because it was a very poor performance in that regard.
For now though, the 49ers improve to 2-2 with a HUGE victory. They now await the Kansas City Chiefs later this week. There will be plenty of Alex Smith storylines that people will chatter about, but the only thing that matters to me is the Chiefs are coming to town on a short week. They face the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, so we'll see how that one goes.