The San Francisco 49ers kick off the 2017 NFL season a little later today, and I thought we might as well get one last set of predictions down for everybody! The 49ers are instituting new schemes on offense and defense, with a host of new players getting opportunities. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to predict a few firsts for today’s game.
The predictions will include:
1. The first offensive play the 49ers will run/attempt to execute,
2. The first player on defense (not special teams) who will make a tackle, and
3. How the team's first touchdown will be scored (if you think one will be scored).
Here are the ground rules for the predictions.
Offensive Play Prediction Guidelines: Try to be as specific as you can on what you think the 49ers' first offensive play will be. Don't just say "pass play" or "run play". Instead, say "Hoyer throws a slant route to Garçon for 7 yards" or "Carlos Hyde runs right side and picks up three yards." You can also predict incompletions, interceptions, fumbles, touchdowns, and even a safety if you really think that will happen on the first offensive play!
Defensive Tackle Prediction Guidelines: Predicting the first defensive play is much more obscure, so this one is a simpler category -- project who you think will make the team's first tackle that does not come on special teams or a returned interception/fumble.
First Touchdown Against Carolina: If you do not think the 49ers will score a touchdown, then say "no touchdowns" as your answer. Otherwise, predict how you think the 49ers' first offensive touchdown will be scored, along with the person(s) who will score. You can predict it to be on offense, defense, or special teams. If you predict a passing touchdown, name both the quarterback and the receiver.
Here is the template you can copy+paste for your comments:
First Offensive Play:
First Defensive Tackle:
Here are my predictions.
First Offensive Play: Handoff to Carlos Hyde from off-set I formation; Hyde goes off left tackle for 6 yards
First Defensive Tackle: Earl Mitchell of Jonathan Stewart
First Touchdown: Garçon 12-yard pass from Hoyer