This game had to be the most unexpected and fun football I’ve watched all season. The San Francisco 49ers played great football all around on offense, defense and including special teams. Despite not many fans in attendance at the game, it was still exciting to watch at home. The key factors that helped the 49ers pull off a 34-3 win over the Oakland Raiders in the last Battle of the Bay may surprise you.
Who is Nick Mullens?! When C.J. Beathard was listed on to the injury report with a right wrist injury, it was apparent that San Francisco would have to rely on their third-string undrafted quarterback. Nick Mullens had never started in a regular season game before last night. You wouldn’t have thought that way by how he played against the Raiders. Mullens went through his progressions, made very accurate passes and never turned the ball over or got sacked. Yes, you read that right. He did NOT turn the ball over and did NOT get sacked. Mullens posted great numbers in his debut with 16/22 completions and three touchdowns. His only bad pass was early in the second quarter where the ball almost got picked off by one of the Raiders’ defenders but was dropped. Hopefully, Shanahan makes Mullens the starter for the rest of the season. Us fans have seen enough of Beathard and would be very interesting to see how Mullens develops.
Wait, we have a pass rush? The Niners accumulated eight sacks last night against Tom Cable’s offensive line. That’s not really saying much but the Raiders do have an elite O-line without Cable messing them up. The leader of the sack party was Cassius Marsh with two and a half sacks. Who needs Nick Bosa? Just kidding, we still need Bosa. Dekoda Watson, DeForest Buckner and Ronald Blair all also joined in on the fun.
George Kittle is an All-Pro tight end. Kittle is going to be one of the most exciting players in the NFL to watch. His run blocking and route running abilities are phenomenal and to think he was only a fifth round pick last year. Kittle accomplished his second 100+ yard game of the season last night, including his miraculous one-handed catch which led to a 71-yard gain and eventually a touchdown for the tight end.
San Francisco has another prime time game coming up against the New York Giants next week.