The San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams put together a matchup on Thursday that was significantly entertaining than I think most any of us expected. It looked like it would be ugly early, with quarterback Brian Hoyer throwing an interception on the first play of the game. But Hoyer and the rest of the offense bounced back late in the 41-39 loss.
Prior to the game, I tweeted an article where I asked people if the 49ers would score a touchdown against the Rams. The 49ers entered the game having no touchdowns on the season, so it seemed like a reasonable question. 84 percent of people responded in the affirmative, and when I tweeted it out, I got one particularly optimistic response.
Hoyer throws 3 touchdowns. I'm gonna need you to retweet this after the game tonight.— abs0lute (@abs0lute42) September 21, 2017
That seemed pretty bold, so I tweeted out that I would write an entire article devoted his tweet if Brian Hoyer had three or more total touchdowns. Well, Hoyer most definitely did. He rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter, and then followed that up with two passing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. So, abs0lute42, your greatness is noted!
I’ll write an entire article devoted to your tweet, proclaiming your greatness if he throws and/or runs for 3 or more touchdowns. https://t.co/ySCKW68XWs— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) September 21, 2017
It was all part of a huge attempted comeback that came up just short. Hoyer finished the game with 332 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown, and the interception. He was sacked four times, and once again had to deal with some drops by his receivers.
Hoyer’s two halves of football are about what we can expect in some form or fashion as the season moves on. We won’t see all of it every week, but there will be weeks where he struggles, and weeks where he puts up some big numbers. People were clamoring for C.J. Beathard in the first half, but then getting pretty excited in the second half.
At one point, Beathard was spotted warming up on the sideline, but that was likely in response to Hoyer taking a big hit at one point. It seems like there is no plan to get Beathard snaps, so it’s now a matter of just seeing what Hoyer can do with this extended opportunity. It’s going to be a roller-coaster this season at the quarterback position. Buckle up.