The San Francisco 49ers lost their ninth game in a row, and like last week in Philadelphia, more players left the game early with injuries. A tie was within reach at one point, but in pure 2017 fashion, the team just couldn’t make it happen. There was some good, and some not so good in the game against the Cardinals.
The body count goes up
Another player will be going on injured reserve. Jaquiski Tartt fractured his forearm, which will end his season. Cole Hikutini and Elijah Lee both left the game with knee injuries, Kyle Juszczyk left the game after a neck injury and Trent Taylor injured his ribs. According to 49ers PR, preliminary reports are negative for an ACL injury for Hikutini but unknown for Lee.
C.J. Beathard survives another game
It’s amazing that Beathard has survived as long as he has. He was continuously pressured by the Cardinals defense who got him for five sacks and 11 additional hits. He went through periods where he got rid of the ball quickly, but when he didn’t, he has took a serious beating.
The receivers need to step up
While Carlos Hyde being the number one receiver isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the receiver group needs to pull their weight. Hyde finished the day catching nine of the 11 passes thrown his way. George Kittle had the next most receptions with three catches. The group dropped several passes as well.
Reuben Foster shows what he can be capable of
Foster finished the day with 13 solo tackles, one assist, one tackle for a loss. He had everyone saying “Oh, no, not again” when he briefly went down in the third quarter seeming to re-injure his ankle. Thankfully Foster was able to get back into the game showing great lateral speed, proving that the ankle was just fine.
Jimmy G Watch 2017
We have officially entered the “Jimmy Garoppolo watch” era of the season. Every move he makes, from warm ups to throwing passes on the sidelines and watching plays on a tablet are closely monitored by media and fans alike. While it’s still doubtful that he plays before the bye, his arrival has definitely brought a little excitement to the winless franchise.
The team still has some fight
While last season the mood in the locker room was dismal at best after they had notched several losses in a row, this locker room still has some spunk and fight in them. Case and point was the scuffle that the team got into with the Cardinals after a questionable hit by Antoine Bethea on Beathard. Instead of laying down, the team backed each other up. While management is not necessarily supposed to approve such behavior, John Lynch gave Hyde a low five after he was ejected from the game showing his approval of back his teammate.