The San Francisco 49ers will close out their preseason with another loss, falling to 1-3. The record obviously doesn’t matter during the preseason and it doesn’t tell you much, either.
San Francisco was close to pulling out a late victory, but the Los Angeles Chargers drove down the field and kicker Robert Aguayo hit the game-winning field goal. The final score was 23-21.
Richie James definitely has to make the team. He had an excellent game today, catching seven passes for 80 yards on eight targets. James also delivered a 23-yard punt return. There’s no way the 49ers pass on the potential that James brings to this offense.
Solomon Thomas didn’t play a whole lot but when he was out there, he made some great plays. In that first quarter, Thomas made two tackles for a loss against the Chargers running backs. Thomas has looked good this preseason so hopefully he can translate that to the real deal.
You may have never heard of Jack Heneghan in your life, but he came in for Nick Mullens late in the game and was actually very solid. He completed eight out of nine passes for 58 yards and ran for 17 yards on two occasions. We didn’t see much of Heneghan this preseason but it was fun when he got his chance.
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- 49ers were 7/12 on third down conversions
- 49ers had 226 total yards compared to LA’s 192
- 49ers turned the ball over twice but didn’t force any
- Each time had three sacks
- The penalties were lowered this week, as the 49ers were called for five penalties for 55 total yards
- The 49ers won the time of possession battle as they held the ball for 31:05
The last game of the preseason is usually the toughest game to watch because it can boring if the players aren’t doing well. For the 49ers, it started that way. C.J. Beathard didn’t do much and Nick Mullens was struggling as well. He even slipped off the snap, got hit hard and fumbled the ball which the Chargers recovered.
However, the game become more watchable towards the end when the 49ers made their comeback. The comeback was completed at one point but the defense couldn’t stop the Chargers on the last drive.
When the 49ers announce their roster cuts, there will be plenty of names that will be hard to see let go. Some of those names can be brought back onto the practice squad. The receiver, running back and defensive back positions will be the toughest for me. Some teams will have great opportunities to pick up the players that the 49ers opt to cut.
The ending of the preseason also means we get the regular season next week where the 49ers travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in what will be a big time game.