On the heels of tight end George Kittle giving his best Little Giants impression and carrying several defenders en route to a victory over the New Orleans Saints, I thought it’d be a good time to look back at some of the best plays from the San Francisco 49ers this season. Matt Breida’s long touchdown run against the Browns, Nick Bosa’s interception against the Panthers, you have plenty of options from this rollercoaster season. Jaquiski Tartt and Marcell Harris both forced fumbles at critical moments of the game that kept the Niners in it at that point. You can go on and on.
Josh helped me out here and added in is pick as well.
It’s impossible to narrow it down to one play. I’m going to go in a different direction. Way back in September, Kyle Juszczyk laid out and made a ridiculous catch down the field. He also had a play where he stiff-armed Minkah Fitzpatrick to San Jose.
There have been so many explosive plays from the 49ers skill players, as well as some absolute dimes from Jimmy Garoppolo this season, but Juice doesn’t get enough love. Even on the option last week, he got blasted by the Saints defender. Juszczyk waited until the very last minute to pitch the ball to Raheem Mostert, and that allowed San Francisco to pick up the first down. So I’m going to shout him out for the plays he made against Pittsburgh, but Juice has been a vital part of this offense all season.
Nick Bosa’s INT (week 8 vs. Carolina Panthers)
This whole Nick Bosa thing has really worked out for the 49ers thus far. Despite all the flack he got during the draft process about injuries in his past, he has already cemented himself as a bonafide star on defense. The dude is as impressive physically as I’ve seen in regards to any other player, and it showed on this particular play.
The Panthers were 4-2 heading into their Week 8 matchup against San Francisco and had their eyes set on the playoffs. Enter Nick Bosa, who, at the end of the 3rd quarter, managed to avoid a chop block, regain his footing, and snag what should have been a screen pass to the running back and rumbled and stumbled for a 46-yard return. I like to think that this is the game and the moment that essentially put the nail in the coffin for the Panthers in 2019 - they are 1-5 since the 51-13 loss to the 49ers.