The 2018 season is now a wrap folks. The San Francisco 49ers will finish the season at a record of 4-12 and with the Arizona Cardinals losing to the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers will pick #2 overall in next years draft. There will be numerous scenarios for that #2 pick, including a trade to bring in even more picks, but those scenarios will be brought up later.
As for this game, the scoreline doesn’t show what a mess it really was, especially to start the game. Literally the first three drives for the 49ers on offense resulted in turnovers. A Kyle Juszczyk fumble resulted in a Rams touchdown. A Nick Mullens interception ended in another Rams touchdown. Then as the 49ers were driving again, Mullens threw another interception in the endzone on a targeted pass to George Kittle.
It was a blowout by the second quarter when Mullens threw his third pick of the game with 12 minutes remaining in the quarter. The Rams scored with ease throughout the game, except the 49ers made the score look feasible with a 15-point fourth quarter.
Let’s review the offense:
Nick Mullens was borderline horrific in the first half. The absence of Matt Breida, Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin was really hurting and with Aaron Donald on the other side of the line, things were going south quick. Mullens did have a better ending to the game, as he would throw three touchdowns. He finished the game with 282 yards on 23/33 completions, but would have had better numbers if not for the rough start.
Jeff Wilson Jr. went down with an injury early, leaving Alfred Morris as the main running back the rest of the way. His day was best marked with a 51-yard run and he would run in for six later in the game. Morris finished the game with 16 carries and 111 yards, a great way to end the year.
On the receiving end, what a game it was for George Kittle. With nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown, he set an NFL record with 1,377 receiving yards in a single season. A 43-yard catch-and-run touchdown late in the game earned him the record. Keep in mind, Kittle accomplished this with three quarterbacks throwing to him: Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens. Kittle is Stone Cold incredible.
Kendrick Bourne ended the season on a high note, with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown, while rookie receiver Richie James Jr. finished with three catches for 32 yards and his first NFL receiving touchdown.
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The defense didn’t have a great game compared to their stellar games the past couple of weeks.
This time around, there were a lot of players getting hurt and youngsters coming into play. Fred Warner capped off his excellent rookie campaign with nine tackles and Elijah Lee also had himself seven tackles. Lee is a player who will provide good competition going into next season.
DeForest Buckner, who was snubbed from the Pro Bowl, had three tackles today. He still finished the season with double-digit sacks and edge rushers continue to be a priority for the 49ers heading into next season. No one had a sack today.
Jared Goff threw for four touchdowns on 199 yards, while recently acquired running back C.J. Anderson had another big game with 23 rushes going for 132 yards and one touchdown. Receivers Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds each had two touchdowns.
I predicted the game to end 30-17, a much closer affair then the game given to us today. Bring on the offseason!