The San Francisco 49ers search for win No. 1 will continue on into Week 9. The 49ers were thumped by the Philadelphia Eagles, losing by a final score of 33-10. The 49ers drop to 0-8 with the loss, marking the first time they have been 0-8 in franchise history.
The big storyline in the loss was the injury report. The 49ers came into the game with Trent Brown, Reuben Foster, and Aaron Lynch among the inactives. By the end of the game, they had lost left tackle Joe Staley, right tackle Garry Gilliam, safety Jimmie Ward, defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, and defensive tackle D.J. Jones to injury. That’s four starters and a rotational backup lost in the same game.
By the end of the game, the 49ers offensive line included Zane Beadles and Erik Magnuson at the two tackle positions. Beadles is the primary reserve interior lineman, and Magnuson was another reserve interior lineman.
It should be no surprise that things went south in a hurry. C.J. Beathard had some trouble with his accuracy, particularly to Carlos Hyde on shorter passes. But he also had no chance for much of the day, as the line folded to pressure throughout the game. He was sacked four times, and it’s hard to find many instances where he was not under pressure. He finished the game 17 of 36 for 167 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions. Beathard also led the team in rushing, with 40 yards on six carries. The Eagles stout run defense held Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida to a combined 42 yards on 17 carries.
The final score looks bad, but for much of the first three quarters, the defense did strong work. The Eagles held a mere 3-0 lead until after the two minute warning in the second quarter. A touchdown followed by a pick-six turned this into a 17-0 game. Down 20-0, the 49ers managed a touchdown on a shovel pass to Matt Breida, but the defense officially began running out of gas on the next drive. It ended ugly, and the 49ers head home now to lick their wounds.
The 49ers are back home for the next month, and they open the home stand against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are coming off a bye week. They lost quarterback Carson Palmer to a broken arm, and Drew Stanton is taking over as the starter. His backup is Blaine Gabbert. This matchup of Stanton and Beathard should certainly be something to watch. Or not.