With Christian McCaffrey once again leading the way, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the New York Giants 30-12 to win their 13th straight regular-season game. Watch the Los Angeles Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings at 6 p.m., then the Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs at 9.25 p.m.
The choice of a play to gain a first down is hardly Kyle Shanahan’s hardest issue when he goes to call a play for the San Francisco 49ers. It’s simple for him to accomplish that. The challenge for him is getting touches for all of his superstars.
In their home opener against the New York Giants on Thursday night, the San Francisco 49ers defeated them 30-12 thanks in large part to Brock Purdy, who threw for a regular season career-high 310 yards and two touchdowns.
It’s not like the 49ers were lacking even on Thursday night when receiver Brandon Aiyuk, the NFC’s offensive player of the week in the season opener, was absent. One of the top tight ends in the NFL is George Kittle. A few years ago, Deebo Samuel was named to the All-Pro team. On Thursday night, Christian McCaffrey scored in his 12th straight game, including the playoffs, tying an old-timer named Jerry Rice’s record for the squad. Other teams might start some of San Francisco’s backup players. Particularly in light of San Francisco’s strong defense, it looks unjust.
The Giants have 11 days until their next match after playing twice on the road in a five-day period. Their third primetime game in the first four weeks of the season will take place when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
For the 49ers (3-0), who won their 13th straight regular-season game, Christian McCaffrey rushed for a score and finished with 119 yards (85 rushings, 34 receptions).
Since they had been outscored 60-0 in the first six quarters of the season prior to that narrow victory, Daniel Jones and the Giants were coming off a spectacular second-half comeback victory over Arizona in Week 2 that may have perhaps saved their entire season.
On the other hand, Brock Purdy and company continue to lead the NFC West without a loss. As Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (shoulder) were both sidelined with injuries, both clubs were without a crucial offensive catalyst.
For San Francisco, Deebo Samuel had six receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown, George Kittle had seven grabs for 90 yards, and Ronnie Bell brought in his first touchdown catch of the game.
The 49ers played a competitive game in the second half, but the New York Giants were simply no match for their talent. With Aiyuk out with a shoulder injury, Samuel, who had a tremendous night, sealed the victory with a touchdown run of 27 yards in the fourth quarter. With their 30-12 victory, the 49ers improved to 3-0.
Some teams would kill to have a playmaker who could run through many defenders and gain a lot of additional yards. The 49ers have four of those players when Aiyuk is healthy.
49ers Twisted Giants Into 2nd Half
San Francisco slowly pushed the ball down the field and into the end zone to start the game, but Jake Moody could only kick a 28-yard field goal. After moving the ball for a short while, New York settled for a Graham Gano field goal from 44 yards out.
Giants put up a valiant fight. 3-3 after one quarter, the score remained knotted. The Giants were behind 17-12 after a touchdown by Matt Breida in the third quarter. New York would have been within three points if a two-point convert had been successful, but the 49ers stopped it. The Giants were still playing, though.
That was short-lived. A few field goals helped the 49ers increase their lead. Then Purdy launched a long pass to Samuel, who caught it for a score after making a terrific adjustment down the sideline. At that moment, the score was 30–12, and the Thursday night audience didn’t have many reasons to continue watching the game.
The fact that the Giants didn’t play all that poorly yet still lost by 18 points says something. Keeping up with the 49ers is difficult. You can’t take away all of their attacking capabilities, and even if you did, good luck exploiting their defense for many points. Purdy’s ability to duplicate his picture-perfect rookie year was the biggest concern facing the 49ers this season, and through three games, he has been excellent. A deadly team, the 49ers. Given how difficult it is to identify their weakness, perhaps another team will succeed in doing so.