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Prediction time! What will the 49ers run as their first offensive play? What 49ers defender will secure the first tackle. How will the 49ers score their first touchdown?

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The San Francisco 49ers are back in action tonight on a short week, facing off against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football. The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT on NFL Network. That means it’s time for more game predictions. 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 results from last week:

1. First offensive play: Carlos Hyde run to right tackle for 4 yards

Winners (correct players, close enough on play type): Vance McDonald Had some Hands EIEI O, Joe The Wizard, cdw2929, Lords_of_the_Rings, BlackpoolNiner, the_bones, El Shorts, Fooch

2. First defensive tackle: Eric Reid on Russell Wilson run play

Winners (got 49ers tackler right): UncleHulka, DannyGom, Lords_of_the_Rings, the_bones, El Shorts

3. First 49ers touchdown: No touchdown

Winners: bpaSteve14, BlackpoolNiner,

For this year, you can find the ground rules below. The prize for correctly guessing a category is bragging rights.

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 Seattle: 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:
First Touchdown:

Here are my predictions.

First Offensive Play: Handoff to Carlos Hyde from off-set I formation; Hyde goes off left tackle for 2 yards

First Defensive Tackle: DeForest Buckner of Todd Gurley

First Touchdown: Carlos Hyde 23-yard run