49ers ticket: Scores for offense, defense in Week 1 loss to Bruins – NBC Sports

49ers ticket: Scores for offense, defense in Week 1 loss to Bruins - NBC Sports

CHICAGO – The natural grass at Soldier Field has been widely known for years as a bad surface in bad weather.

However, when the weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday, the newly developed Bermuda grass held up much better than the 49ers did in the regular-season opener.

The 49ers got washed out in a 19-10 loss to the Bears in a game that had expensive penalties, turnovers and just simple laziness.

Defensive end Nick Bosa described the team’s inability to come away with a win as “annoying.” There are many other ways to sum it up.

And here are the notes that capture his rough Week 1 performance:

Quick offense

The 49ers were supposed to lean heavily on their running game, and that’s what they did. San Francisco pounded the Bruins on the ground in the first half with 115 yards and a 6.4-yard average. Elijah Mitchell exited in the first half with a knee injury.

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel scored the game’s first touchdown on a 6-yard run.

But he also made the first costly mistake of the game when he fumbled on a running play in the second quarter when the 49ers moved the ball to the Chicago 12-yard line.

The 49ers found the yards much harder to come by in the second half but still finished with 176 yards rushing and a 4.8 average.

Quarterback Trey Lance was the 49ers’ leading rusher with 54 yards, while Samuel gained 52 yards.

degree: B-minus

Passing offense

Lance, making his first start after officially taking over for Jimmy Garoppolo, had an up-and-down game. He opened his news conference with a list of the mistakes he made, including bringing down tight end Tyler Kroft on what should have been an early touchdown.

When the 49ers came from behind in the fourth quarter, Lance didn’t see Bears safety Eddie Jackson. That interception gave the Bruins a short field that was used to set up a touchdown for a nine-point lead.

The elements played a role in this game. Lance completed 13 of 28 passes for 164 yards. But Lance took full responsibility.

Jauan Jennings was the team’s leading receiver with four catches for 64 yards. Brandon Aiyuk caught two passes for 40 yards, and Lance hooked up just twice with Samuel (on eight attempts) for 14 yards.

degree: D-minus

Quick defense

The 49ers’ run defense was solid from start to finish. Chicago running back David Montgomery had a particularly difficult time finding any room to run. He was held to just 26 yards on 17 rushing attempts.

The Bruins gained 99 yards on 37 rushing attempts. Khalil Herbert averaged 5.0 yards per attempt and gave Chicago a nine-point lead with a 3-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.

The 49ers had six tackles for loss, including two from strong safety Talanoa Hufanga. He had a team-high 11 tackles, and linebacker Fred Warner added six tackles.

But the 49ers also had some mistakes as part of their run defense. Dre Greenlaw was called for two penalties: unnecessary roughness and facemask. Both calls were questionable.

But there was no question of a mistake by Azeez Al-Shair, who made a late hit on a sliding Justin Fields for a 15-yarder.

degree: B-plus

Passing defense

The 49ers allowed just 19 net passing yards in the first half. This included sacks of Samson Ebukam and Nick Bosa, as well as Hufanga’s interception.

But one play completely changed the momentum of this game.

The 49ers had a seemingly comfortable 10-0 lead in the third quarter when Fields eluded Arik Armstead’s rush, moved left, then threw back across the field. to discovered Dante Pettis on the right side. The 49ers’ secondary didn’t do a great job chasing down Pettis, who turned it into a 51-yard touchdown.

That play took away a lot of the good things the 49ers did in this game. It gave the Bears momentum.

Fields finished the game with just eight completions on 17 attempts for 121 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

degree: B-minus

Special teams

Punter Mitch Wishnowsky had a solid game with a net average of 40.3 yards and three kicks inside the 20-yard line on his four attempts. Tarvarius Moore made a nice play when he ran down on punt coverage and dropped Pettis for a minus-3-yard return.

Robbie Gould handled the kickoff duties as the Bruins opened those drives at their own 23-, 25- and 28-yard lines. Gould also made a 25-yard field goal and an extra point.

degree: B


If we blame punishments and various miscues about the training, then this is a failing grade. And, sure, the coaching staff has to absorb its share of blame for the product the 49ers put out on the field.

There was immediate second-guessing of coach Kyle Shanahan’s decision to challenge a pass completion that was only a 4-yard gain on first and 10. However, the down-and-out play may have contributed to Fields’ interception on third down.

The 49ers didn’t come away with any points.

Things just seemed messy all around, so there’s a lot to clean up as the 49ers get back to work for their Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks.


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All in all

Clearly, this was a game the 49ers should have won. But they let too many scoring chances get away from them. The next thing anyone knew, the Bears were right there – just one big play away from a dramatic shift in momentum.

It is far too early to get too worked up about this type of activity. But it was also a terrible way for a team with Super Bowl aspirations to open the season.

You may have noticed that we have not given a failing grade to any specific unit of the team. But the overall note is a big, fat failure.

degree: F

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