More accurately, we’re looking at Jimmy Garoppolo. The other players are fine too, I guess. But Garoppolo is Our Future (TM) and he’s the focus of the offense. I thought, overall, there was some good stuff from the offense. Marquise Goodwin had at least one drop, maybe two, and Carlos Hyde did some good work despite generally poor blocking from the line.
The offensive line was fairly bad overall. Garoppolo was only sacked a couple times, but he was hit 10 times by my count. We’ll have a thorough breakdown of the offensive line play later in the week.
So we’re going to get to the videos below. These aren’t gifs, but videos embedded from Tweets I posted throughout the game (follow me, you know you want to), and thus occasionally have stuff at the beginning or end that is not the focus. I’m sure ya’ll will manage, though.
Dropped or broken up?
Watching this play over and over, I still can’t quite tell if Goodwin drops this ball, or if the defender actually gets his hand in there. The broadcast didn’t show a replay, either, so we’ll have to wait for the coaches film later in the week (or one of you fine folk convincing me one way or the other).
Garoppolo’s first (second) pick
It’s his first pick, in my eyes, because the throw against the Chicago Bears was in no way his fault. This one, though, is definitely on him. He is pressured by Jadeveon Clowney, and that certainly is a factor, but this is a bad throw above all else.
Broadcast highlights Garoppolo’s eyes
On this completion from Garoppolo, the television broadcast paid special attention to the fact that he’s going through his progressions and making very quick decisions. I saw him looking on one side of the field, only to rip one to the other side for a completion several times, and this is just one example of that.
I said before this game that the 49ers needed to overhaul the tight end position, so of course Garrett Celek has a dynamic performance as a receiver. I like Celek a lot — he’s a true homegrown talent who at one point was fighting for the third TE spot on the depth chart. I think he’s lacking as a No. 1 tight end, but if he keeps doing stuff like this, well, I’ll be happy to be proven wrong.
Garoppolo's first TD as a starter for 49ers. pic.twitter.com/PPCMe6qOZO— James Brady (@JamesBradySBN) December 10, 2017
Oh hey, Celek again. Fairly standard red zone play here, but it’s executed perfectly from everyone involved. I’ll take these all day. Plus, you know, it’s Garoppolo’s first touchdowns as a starter for the 49ers. Heck yeah.
And here we have Odell Beckham Jr. making a signature catch for the New York Giants. Beckham is a lot beefier than he used to be, but he’s carrying the bulk well, if I do say so myself.
Hey, here’s Kyle Juszczyk making a great play, again. He’s not quite as good as that Beckham fellow in the video above, but he’s right up there, no? He comes so close to getting a touchdown out of this play, too!