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Predict the 49ers’ first offensive play, tackle, and touchdown vs. Vikings

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?

The San Francisco 49ers kick off the 2018 NFL season this morning, which means it’s time to get the final, end-all (no we really mean it), not-messing-around-this-time, set of predictions down for everybody! The 49ers are about to debut a Jimmy Garoppolo who has a better knowledge of Kyle Shanahan’s system and playbook along with a second year offense more in line with Shanahan’s vision. 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 “Garoppolo throws a slant route to Garçon for 7 yards” or “Alfred Morris 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 Minnesota: 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: 7-yard pass to Pierre Garçon out of ‘I’ Formation. Garçon catches it on a slant route in the middle of the field and is tackled immediately.

First Defensive Tackle: Jaquiski Tartt of Dalvin Cook

First Touchdown: Marquise Goodwin 30 yard dart from Jimmy Garoppolo on the sideline on 3rd and 7.