After starting the year with two road victories, the San Francisco 49ers finally got their home opener on Thursday Night Football against the New York Giants, looking to stay unbeaten. With a dominating defensive performance, limiting the Giants to just 150 total yards, the 49ers remain unbeaten in a 30-12 blowout victory.
The game started slow, with each team only managing a field goal in the first quarter, as Brock Purdy and Co. could not figure out this Giants defense that continued to put the pressure on the offense, causing a quick five-play drive that led to a punt.
These so-called struggles didn’t last long as midway through the second quarter after Christain McCaffery had rushes of 9 and10-yards, along with a huge 17-yard reception from QB Brock Purdy on 3rd and 13 which set the table for the Niners' first touchdown of the day, a nine-yard TD pass to rookie Ronnie Bell. After a defensive stop by the defense, Christain McCaffrey and the offense put together an 11-play 75-yard drive, highlighted by a 12-yard rush by CMC, plus a 15-yard rush by backup running back Elijah Mitchell and a 15-yard pass back to the rookie Ronnie Bell, brought the 49ers to the 2-minute warning. Then came a big penalty on the Giants' defense, a roughing the passer from Leonard Williams bailed out San Francisco on 3rd and 12. On the very next play, Purdy connected with Iowa Hawkeyes' own George Kittle on an 11-yard gain. One run later from McCaffrey made the score 17-3. McCaffrey made history with that touchdown, tying 49ers legend Jerry Rice with 12 straight games with a touchdown. As the half winded down, Daniel Jones led a 37-yard drive to set up a Graham Gano field goal to cut the deficit to 6-17.
After a couple of early second-half punts, New York got the ground game going, utilizing Matt Breida to get into the endzone with an eight-yard touchdown. The Giants would go for two, but Jones was sacked, and the score sat at 17-12 Niners.
The 49ers would blow this game open, scoring on three consecutive drives, including an impressive eight-play, 70-yard drive that started with a 19-yard pickup by Deebo Samuel and ended with Purdy throwing a dime to Deebo Samuel for a 27-yard touchdown pass that put in the dagger. The 49ers' defense would put the clamps on as they forced the Giants to go three and out in three of their last four drives, with the other being an interception by Talanoa Hufanga.
'Mr. Irrelevant' had himself a game, picking up 25-for-37 with 310 passing yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers. Samuel led the team in receiving yards with his six receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown, with tight end George Kittle just behind him, bringing in seven grabs for 90 yards.
On the other side, the 49ers defense absolutely shut down Daniel Jones, who only went 22/32 with 137 passing yards and one turnover. Darius Slayton was the Giants' best receiver, bringing in three receptions for 32 yards. Now, the 9ers go into a matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, who are coming off a brutal loss to the Arizona Cardinals, on 10 days rest.
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