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Looking at some 49ers offensive plays from win over Titans

We break down some of the best, and a couple of the worst, offensive plays from the 49ers against the Titans.

Tennessee Titans v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers earned a big win over a good team in the Tennessee Titans, moving to 3-0 in their last three games, all started by Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback.

It wasn’t a perfect game on either side of the ball. I’m not feeling good about where the run blocking is at right now, and many will blame Carlos Hyde, but it’s hardly on him. Trent Taylor had a bad drop, and those are infuriating. Luckily, that was most of the trouble for the offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, things got ugly. Dontae Johnson had another bad game and there were some ugly penalties.

As usual, we’re going to take a quick stroll through some of the highlights I posted on my Twitter throughout the game. These aren’t in-depth film breakdowns, and they follow no pattern other than the fact that this one is about the offensive side of the ball. Let’s get to it.

OPI on Goodwin?

This is one that really upsets me, because the broadcast also got it so wrong. They talked about blocking after a certain number of yards, but I don’t see any kind of offensive pass interference here. I see a wide receiver blocking. If that’s not OK, how do screen passes even exist? Not to mention the Titans player has a fist full of Goodwin’s helmet.

Bourne time?

Kendrick Bourne is wide open on this play, thanks to Goodwin pushing back the coverage due to him being an established deep threat. Great route, great pass, great catch, great everything. Just a real solid play.

This was ugly

The 49ers didn’t really have a chance on this play. Hyde goes like he’s expecting to block someone wide, and can’t get back in time to chip the defender, who runs right over Garoppolo for the sack.

Celek wide open

I think Garrett Celek was just as surprised as the Titans defense in how open he managed to get on this play. He sure has played well since I suggested that the 49ers need radical changes at the tight end position!

Drops continue to hurt the 49ers

Trent Taylor has been very good this season. Good enough that I’m excited to see where he goes from here. But this drop on a perfectly-thrown pass on third down really hurts. The 49ers lead the league in drops, and Taylor isn’t helping at the moment.

Celek Time!

Speaking of Celek time, here’s some Celek time for ya’ll. Garoppolo makes a great play, rolling out, keeping calm, and finding Celek. This play could have gone poorly in so many different ways. In years past, it would have. Heck, four weeks ago, it would have. But now it’s a touchdown.

Tomlinson, get out of the way

Here is Taylor making a catch, trying to get something going and ... running into Laken Tomlinson’s stomach. At the very least, Tomlinson didn’t seem egregiously bad in pass protection on Sunday. But he also couldn’t do anything as a run blocker.


This one was a very hard judgement call. Watching live, I thought the Titans player clearly caught it. But looking at this angle on the replay, I feel like Goodwin either had enough of it, or it was close enough to 50/50 that it makes sense it wans’t overturned.

Couple Goodwin catches

Here are a couple catches from Marquise Goodwin, because why not? He had himself a game, and is making a very strong case for being a starter going into the offseason and into next year, a year where the 49ers are expected to try and upgrade the wide receiver position.