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2 Winners & 2 Losers from 49ers-Dolphins

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The 49ers make a few changes and see improvement

The San Francisco 49ers came within a couple of yards of a comeback in Miami and of course with that kind of a game, there are winners and losers. We’re not just talking about who walked away with a W at the end of regulation, we’re talking about who performed well and who did not.

Losers:

The secondary

The 49ers secondary gave up some big plays to Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins receivers. Overall Tannehill went 20/30 for 285 yards, three touchdowns and finished with a rating of 130.6. There were a few good plays made by the secondary including Rashard Robinson’s PBU preventing a touchdown but they gave up significantly more plays than they saved.

The 49ers roster

On an already depleted team, the 49ers lost two players during the game in Miami. Quinton Patton has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol and Shayne Skov left with an knee injury. Of course there will not be any updates on the severity of either injury until later in the week but for now, hope they don’t develop into much.

Winners:

The rush defense

Coming into the game Jay Ajayi had run for 847 yards for the season, and an average of 5.3 yards per carry. The 49ers held him to 45 yards on 18 attempts, an average of 2.5 yards per carry. Great effort by the defensive line to make the Dolphins one dimensional.

Colin Kaepernick

The formally embattled quarterback couldn’t get into the end zone at the end of the game but otherwise he had a pretty decent day throwing 29/46 for 296 yards, three touchdowns and a 94.1 rating. He successfully spread the ball around completing passes to 10 different players. Kaepernick also ran for 113 yards on 10 carries making him the leading rusher for the game.

Honorable mentions

  • Ronald Blair recorded his first NFL career sack
  • Carlos Hyde caught his first touchdown reception
  • Kaepernick and the 49ers executed handoffs well, disguising the mesh point, fooling the Dolphins and the camera men a few times.