Victory Monday. Feels goods. Looking ahead, I wonder if we see Jalen Hurts at quarterback next week.
For the second game in a row, Mullens celebrated a touchdown by paying his respects to the oft-abused end zone marker. This time, it was after a 10-yard touchdown run by Jerick McKinnon, which put the Niners ahead of the New York Giants 13-6 in the second quarter.
As you can see, Mullens makes sure to place the pylon back upright, with some encouragement from new San Francisco wide receiver Mohamed Sanu Sr. How very kind and considerate.
In case you’re questioning whether this is a one-off for Mullens — nothing more than a fleeting interest in the safety of the pylon — please see this additional evidence from last week:
It was surprising Shanahan didn’t readdress the issue. But was he surprised by his depleted team’s thorough domination of the Giants?
“No, and it’s nothing against them at all, but we had a real good week of practice,” Shanahan said. “We were pretty confident [Saturday] night. I know the way it ended up, but by no means was that easy. It got away a little bit there at the end, but I was really proud of our guys. That was our plan. We came in and wanted to do that. We thought we could do it, and I was proud of the guys for pulling it off.”
Ordinarily I would be going down through a variety of sub-heads looking at some of the positive and negative takeaways from the game. I won’t — can’t — be doing that this week, because we really only learned one thing. We learned the difference between the 0-3 Giants and a Super Bowl contender.
We often talk about teams as being “one player away” from a Super Bowl run, but the truth is that players don’t win Super Bowls, teams do. Teams win Super Bowls with their starters, their depth, and with how their coaches put the players in position to find success. The Giants were routed by the kind of team San Francisco would field in the second half of the second preseason game.
Good teams win. Bad teams lose.
That is about all there is to know about what went down Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
It did not matter that the good team, the 49ers, was using a reserve at quarterback and at so many other starting spots. It did not matter that the bad team, the Giants, had enough of their most important players on the field. It did not matter that they were without Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard. Nothing mattered.
What mattered is the Giants three games into this season are a disaster. They were manhandled and embarrassed at their fan-less home, dominated by an opponent using backup after backup. Daniel Jones turned the ball over two more times, the running game was nonexistent, the defense made Nick Mullens look like Nick (or Joe) Montana and the visitors toyed with the team in blue. It added up to a terrible and telling 36-9 loss for the Giants and, if you can see where they will get their first win, text us the information, please.
Joe Montana and his wife had the scare of their life Saturday, when an intruder came inside the house and snatched one of their grandchildren right out of a woman’s arms.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports ... at 5 PM Saturday a 39-year-old woman entered the home where Joe and Jennifer Montana were staying — she got in through an unlocked door. The intruder saw a woman holding a baby — it’s unclear who was holding the infant.
Our law enforcement sources say the intruder walked away with Montana’s grandchild to another part of the house where she was confronted by Joe and Jennifer. They wrestled the baby away from the woman. The intruder then ran out of the house.
The 49ers (2-1) didn’t emerge from their return to MetLife unscathed, but it appears they avoided the season-ending injuries that marred last week’s win over the Jets.
The most troubling was Reed’s. The tight end first sprained his ankle and had it taped inside the visitors’ locker room. When he returned in the second quarter, he suffered a knee injury that knocked him out for the remainder of the game. Reed, who has dealt with an array of injuries over his career, was seen walking slowly to the locker room before halftime.
“I’m not sure, exactly, the extent of it, but I feel pretty optimistic it’s not going to be anything long term or anything like that,” Shanahan said when asked about Reed. “But we’ll find out (Monday).”