Another spirited battle by the 49ers, but unfortunately it still ended in another loss. The loss came due to the same issues that they have had all season long. They turned the ball over and they could not pressure the quarterback. The 49ers lost a 10 point lead and fell to the New York Giants 27-23. Eli Manning was able to find Sterling Shepard for the game-winning touchdown and hand Nick Mullens his 1st loss. In his 2nd start, Nick had the 49ers up, but the defense was unable to hold on to the lead.
The biggest issue all season for the 49ers have been their turnovers and their inability to force turnovers. Nick Mullens had a great debut on Thursday Night Football a couple of weeks ago where he did not have a turnover. On Monday however, he had 2 interceptions. One gave the Giants the ball at the SF 12 yard line. The Giants would go on to score on a Odell Beckham touchdown to take a 7-3 lead. The 2nd interception gave the Giants the ball at midfield. The defense was able to hold the Giants off and they were forced to punt. The difference in most of the games they have lost has come down to the turnovers. If they can fix that issue, they could have more wins. The 49ers are hoping Nick takes care of the ball more like the Raiders game rather than the Giants game.
The bright spots this season have been Matt Breida and George Kittle. They continued their great seasons on Monday night. Breida ran 17 times for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also had 31 yards in the air with a touchdown. He is in the top 10 in rushing yards. George Kittle had 9 catches for 83 yards. He is 3rd in the league for passing yards by a tight end. Both could hit 1,000 yard seasons and Kittle seems to be a lock for a Pro Bowl spot. Incredible seasons for an undrafted running back and a 5th round pick from a year ago.
The 49ers need to start winning these close games | Another win gone (Biderman)
Need to learn how to win | Win slipped thru their hands (Florio)
Letting leads slip (Inman)
Decent performance until the 4th quarter | Game grades (Cohn)
Tremendous season from Matt | Matt Breida’s breakout season (Madson)
Currently holding the #2 pick (Madson)
Marquise’s head injury (Maiocco)
Mullens should stay the starter for the rest of the season | Who will start at QB in the next game? (Chan)
MNF loss (Madson)
Should be the starter for the next game | Mullens still the starter for now (Williams)
Blowing late leads (Inman)
Bye week challenges (Almquist)
Mullens vs Beathard | Battling to back up Jimmy G (Madson)
Mullens remains the QB (Maiocco)
Snap count numbers (Maiocco)
Finding out who will be here next season (Biderman)