Sunday night’s loss against the Philadelphia Eagles was unacceptable for several reasons. You can’t let bad teams hang around. San Francisco had a chance to put Philly away, and failed.
- The Eagles tried a trick play with Jalen Hurts looking to throw back to Wentz but he had to settle for a 4-yard run instead. Wentz had Ward open over the middle and inexplicably threw way wide of him. More poor accuracy. Wentz redeemed himself with a completion to John Hightower to move the chains on 4th-and-4. But then the 49ers sniffed out a sweep to Killins for a 12-yard loss. But then the 49ers got hit with a penalty for an automatic Eagles first down. Another bad snap from Kelce knocked the Eagles back to 2nd-and-18. And then Wentz aired it out deep to TRAVIS FULGHAM for a 42-yard touchdown! Perfect throw by the Eagles’ quarterback and a great catch as well. Turns out Fulgham looking good training camp may have meant something. Huge drive! EAGLES 18, 49ERS 14.
“So that play, we put in this week,” Beathard explained after the game. “It was a zone read, and then we were just trying to pop George the ball. He was going to sell like he was blocking, and hit George real quick. That’s the way we repped it all week.
“Obviously, looking back on that, I wish I would have ran it because it was incomplete. I think nine times out of 10, we make that play, we complete it and make that play. We just didn’t make it there.”
Oof. Bad drop by Kendrick Bourne on a second-and-10 that would’ve gone for an easy first down. It looked like he mistimed his jump. That’s a bad drop that brought up a third-and-10. Mullens fumbled on the third down. Rough, rough sequence for the 49ers’ offense.
The 49ers’ offensive line struggled throughout, including a game in which left tackle Trent Williams was beaten for two sacks. He also was called for holding and a false start.
The 49ers were protecting a three-point lead in the fourth quarter when Mullens was sacked and fumbled. Right guard Daniel Brunskill was slow to react to blitzing defensive back Cre’Von LeBlanc.
Troubling trend: The 49ers’ offensive line again struggled to open holes in the running game and protect consistently, something that has happened more than once in the first quarter of the season. The Niners managed to finish with 116 yards rushing on 20 carries, but it took some gadget plays — including rookie Brandon Aiyuk’s 38-yard touchdown run — to make that number look better. Of more concern were the five sacks and 15 quarterback hits the 49ers allowed. This group must improve in a hurry if the offense is going to take off when the likes of Garoppolo and running back Raheem Mostert return from injury.
The defensive line dominated with five sacks and 15 quarterback hits and the Eagles defense cashed in for three forced turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown by Alex Singleton. The Eagles, now in sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 1-2-1 record, take on the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday at Heinz Field at 1 p.m.