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With a victory over the New Orleans Saints Kentavius Street Color Rush Jersey , the San Francisco 49ers are back in first place in the NFC West. It was one of the more entertaining regular-season games that youíll ever see. Letís talk about some of the winners and losers from Sundayís contest.WinnersKyle ShanahanSunday was one of the best coaching performances youíll see from an offensive point of view. Shanahan tallied his best win as a 49ers coach. The Niners were on fire offensively. San Francisco averaged 8.2 yards per play and had over 515 yards of offense. The passing game couldnít be stopped, but New Orleans didnít have an answer for the ground game, either. The 49ers converted 50% of their third-down conversions and went 4 of 6 in the red zone. All of this is a reflection of Shanahan, who went deep into his bag of tricks. We saw a double-reverse pass, a speed option with Kyle Juszczyk and Raheem Mostert, and a throwback screen.Shanahan kept the defense on their toes, and with the trick plays and all of the motion, all it did was open up the middle of the field. It was a masterful performance by the head coach.Jimmy GaroppoloI thought that was the best Garoppolo has thrown the ball all season. I thought, for the most part, Jimmy played fast. When he is quick to pull the trigger and confident in his reads, youíre not beating this team. His ball placement was where it needed to be, and when there was pressure, we saw Garoppolo use his athleticism to buy time. The best part of Garoppolo and his four-touchdown, 349-yard performance, was that it didnít look like he was pressing or playing out of his mind. Garoppoloís performance is easily repeatable, which is good news for San Francisco.Emmanuel SandersThe 49ers season turned around once they acquired Sanders. Heís made everyone around him better. The 49ers trading for Sanders helped Deebo Samuel more than anyone. Since the trade, Deebo is tenth in the NFL in receptions and ninth in yards. He has the third-most yards after the catch and has forced more missed tackles than anyone. I believe heís helped Kendrick Bourne grow as a player as well https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Alfred-Morris-Jersey , and both have admitted as much. Being a leader goes well beyond your play on the field.Speaking of play on the field, Sanders is an okay wideout. He finished the game with seven catches for 157 yards and a touchdown. Sanders also threw a touchdown pass. The 75-yard bomb he caught was one of the better plays youíll see from a wide receiver this season. The early passes Sanders caught were equally as important, as we saw what a healthy Sanders looks like after the catch. Sanders is the perfect fit for this team.LosersLinebackersThe first two touchdowns of the game were on the linebackers. Itís easy to kill Marcell Harris for missing the tackle, a tackle he shouldíve made, but Fred Warner has his eyes stuck in the backfield and wasnít relating to anyone. Warner should have carried Jared Cook down the field and forced Drew Brees to loft the ball over his head. Brees was able to throw it on a line, which didnít allow Harris time to get there, and the result was a touchdown. On the second touchdown, Azeez Al-Shaair let Cook run right by him without laying a hand on him. As a linebacker, thatís a big no-no. If anyone crosses your face, you reroute them. The Saints did a nice job of attacking the 49ers coverage rules, and the linebackers were out of sync all game because of it. A tough day in coverage for the linebackers.InjuriesDee Ford played four snaps before reaggravating his hamstring strain and will likely be out a month-ish. Itís been a disappointing season for the 49ers prized free-agent signing, who hasnít played two full games worth of snaps back to back all year. Weston Richburg was lost for the season after he tore his patella tendon. Richard Sherman has a Grade 2 hamstring strain and will be out a few weeks as well. The secondary was already without Jaquiski Tartt, and we saw how much of an impact he makes. The team lost KíWaun Williams to a concussion and D.J. Jones to an ankle injury during the game as well.Injuries are a part of this violent game, and they are inevitable. It happens to every team, and believe it or not; San Francisco isnít one of the most injured teams in the NFL. The teamís depth has been tested this year, and theyíve passed the test, but theyíll have to do so for another three weeks Weston Richburg Jersey , at least.Offensive lineWhat made Garoppoloís performance so good was that he was under pressure more this game than what felt like all season. The Saints were geared to stop the run, and San Francisco actually did a good job as a unit. The offense was successful on 14 of their 22 designed runs, which is 63%.It was the Saints defensive line that won the matchup in the passing game, though. The tackles didnít look too good on a few rushes, and the interior line was beaten a few times as well that forced Garoppolo to come off his read before he was ready to. The penalties are killer as well. False starts and holdings are tough to overcome. San Francisco was able to this game, but after stringing together some nice performances up front, the line took a step back on Sunday.SalehIt didnít seem as if the 49ers defense was prepared to stop the Saints through the air, and that starts at the top. Offenses havenít been able to threaten the 49ers vertically due to the pass rush, but that changed Sunday. The Saints scored four touchdowns in the first half. The tackling was shotty, and Brees was picking apart the Niners defense through the air. As well as the scheme has been, it felt like there needed to be more adjustments. I wanted to see more in your face man coverage to at least take away the easy throwing lanes.I thought the third quarter adjustments went well, but the fourth quarter was more like the first half. Itís not fair to expect Saleh to be lights out each game, but Sean Payton got the best of him Sunday.WinnersGeorge KittleIím not going to say he won the game, but I wouldnít argue it if you did. Kittle continued his dominant run-blocking against the Saints. Kittle caught six passes for 67 yards, and 66 of those came after contact. He forced two missed tackles, caught a touchdown, and obviously had one of the most memorable plays of the year to end the game. Another ho-hum game for the best player at his position.Nick BosaBosa hasnít been in the box score as much the past month due to seeing more attention and not having the same responsibilities. Against the Saints Cassius Marsh Color Rush Jersey , Bosa was Bosa again. He was constantly in the backfield and, when the team needed him most, he made a play. Bosa didnít have a sack on the day, but he did hit Brees twice.Bosa had one of the biggest plays of the game. The Saints had 3rd & 1 in the second quarter, and if they converted, they probably bleed the clock and prevent San Francisco from scoring. Bosa makes a tackle for loss after fighting off a holding penalty and forces the Saints to punt. The Niners get the ball back with four minutes to go in the half as opposed to two and have enough time to score. Thanks, Bosa.Kendrick BourneTouchdowns matter, and Bourne has five touchdowns since Sanders has been on the team. Thatís no coincidence. Itís evident that Bourne is figuring it out. Of his 27 receptions, 25 of those have gone for a first down or a touchdown. When Bourne touches the ball, something good happens for the 49ers. The team needed a third reliable target outside of Sanders and Samuel at receiver, and Bourne is that guy. 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor played in 14 games during the 2018 season, but he didnít feel 100 percent healthy over the course of the year.Taylor had back surgery before the start of the season and slumped to 26 catches for 215 yards after catching 43 balls for 430 yards during his rookie season. Taylor also saw less success as a punt returner, but said heís feeling back to full strength now that heís had some time away from the field.ďI feel like my back is back to normal now,Ē Taylor said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. ďI just knew that I needed a little more time than I was able to get throughout the season. Thatís why Iíve been really looking forward to this offseason. Getting back to building my body up the right way. Iím feeling great right now. Weíre going to continue working on that and building myself up so I can be ready to have a great season next year.ĒTaylor also said that heís looking forward to working with new wide receivers coach Wes Welker, who should have plenty of advice to offer Taylor about how a shorter wideout can make an impact on offense.
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