The game did not begin as the San Francisco 49ers had imagined when the Los Angeles Chargers opened the game with a 42-yard run. The defense was able to unbuckle the chargers and hold them to a field gate.
D.J.. Reed took the subsequent kick off 56 yards, but the Niners could not do anything with the ride after C. J. Beathard had missed Deebo Samuel wide open on a fourth down. With the Chargers scoring another field goal, the 49ers managed to put together an impressive 75-meter drive in seven games, completed with this remarkable run by Jeff Wilson Jr.
Who knows what happened to Beathard, but this effort was great. That made it 7-6.
Dre Greenlaw had a big sack on the next drive, but missed a couple of tackles and was out of position in cover. The tackle was similar to a fourth preseason game. It was sloppy.
There were a few horrors in this. Antone Exum was pushed back into Mitch Wishnowsky on a punt in the second quarter. Exum did not look good, but Wishnowsky could get up. It was a difficult first half for players battling for a rostrum slot. Exum, Marcell Harris and Kendrick Bourne have all made critical mistakes. I
It's only one piece, but that may cost Bourne a duty seat. In the second quarter, Jordan Matthews and Richie James were on the sideline without their helmets, while Bourne was still in the game. That must be a sign, right?
Not so fast. On the next ride, Beathard made a nice throw after keeping the game alive, and Bourne set off for the 21
Nick Mullens came in. He left after five games.
The highlight of the second half may have been Wilton Speight's arm stump, which should have been a simple intercept. It would be a surprise if Speight ended up in the practice group. Jeff Wilson ran hard all night, but he also fingered the ball. That was his biggest hit. This will be a difficult decision for the Front Office, especially given the recent setback by Jerick McKinnon.
After a field goal, an intercept from Mark Nzeocha put the 49ers in position and Austin Walter hit the Niners until 24-20. Six minutes from the dream to live on. 23-0.
The Chargers responded with a touchdown, leaving just over a minute for Speight to control the field. The ride was brought to a standstill when Speight was intercepted on the territory of the 49ers. Speight saved us from possible overtime. Thank you, Wilton.
Now it's about meaningful football.