The San Francisco 49ers opened their 2021 season with a road victory against the Detroit Lions. The 41-33 scoreline betrays the dominance displayed by the 49ers through the game’s first 50 minutes. However, some shockingly poor secondary play over the game’s final 10 minutes led to a frantic finish as the Lions looked to steal a victory in front of their home fans. Here are some quick hits following the crazy victory.
With under 10 minutes remaining in the game, 49ers cornerback Jason Verrett went down with an apparent knee injury. The veteran had played a solid game before crumpling to the turf in a non-contact injury. Verrett left the field on his own but soon sat on the bench with his head covered by a towel, looking emotional. Soon the cornerback received help as he hobbled to the locker room. During his post-game press conference, head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that the team fears an ACL tear is the injury for Verrett but an MRI would need to happen first.
Through his first season-opening starts for the 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo has often struggled to find a quick start. Against the Lions, Garoppolo fumbled the first snap of the season, resulting in the first 49ers turnover of the year. It was smooth sailing after that for the embattled quarterback as Garoppolo finished with 314 yards passing on 17 out of 25 passing for a touchdown. Garoppolo looked comfortable on the day and stood tall in the pocket when under pressure. On at least a few occasions the veteran quarterback evaded pressure and kept the play alive.
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We Saw Lance a Lot
Trey Lance made his NFL debut on Sunday and did so in style as he threw the first touchdown pass of his career which also served as the 49ers’ first touchdown pass of the season. Shanahan used his rookie quarterback much in the same way that former quarterback Colin Kaepernick was used during the early part of the 2012 season by then-coach Jim Harbaugh. Lance featured on a few designed runs but did have the spotlight for his play-action pass to wide receiver Trent Sherfield for the touchdown.
The San Francisco defense was a roller coaster ride on Sunday. New defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans watched his team struggled against the Detroit ground game before nearly surrendering a 24 point lead in the game’s final 10 minutes. The 49ers defense missed defensive tackle, Jevon Kinlaw, as the Detroit offensive line pushed around the San Francisco front four. The Lions finished with 106 yards on the ground with a 4.8 yards per rush average. In total, the 49ers defense gave up a whopping 430 yards against a rather weak Detroit offense.
– Ryan Adverderada is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage 49ers. He also covers the Arizona Cardinals for Full Press Coverage. Like and follow on Follow @ryanadverderada
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