Woeful passing attack spoils a stout defensive performance in a disappointing Week 4 overtime loss to division rival Cardinals.
18-15 – Loss
- Brian Hoyer: 24/49, 234 yards, 0 TD 1 Int
- Carlos Hyde: 16 carries, 68 yards, 0 TD, 5 receptions, 27 yards
- Robbie Gould 5/5 FG’s (Long 49 yards)
- Trent Taylor: 5 Receptions, 47 yards
- Elvis Dumervil: 2 Tackles, 2 Sacks
- Deforest Buckner: 4 Tackles, 1 Sack
- Ray Ray Armstrong: 8 Tackles, 1 Sack, 1 Int
- Solomon Thomas 5 Tackles, 1 Sack
The 49ers offensive struggles continued for a fourth consecutive week, Hoyer was not able to get the ball out to open receivers and looked very hesitant to make the proper throws, resulting in taking sacks or forcing bad passes. Hoyer threw several inaccurate throws, with one resulting in an interception.
The defense was very impressive and really kept the team into this game. The unit did miss out on some turnover opportunities which could’ve changed the result of the game but they were not the reason the team lost. First round pick Solomon Thomas had a impressive game showing his relentless energy and was able to get to Carson Palmer to recorded his first career sack. Another great moment in the game was Elvis Dumervil getting his 100th career sack; he ended up with two total. The 49ers had six sacks and 16 total quarterback hits against Palmer. Even with all of the positives on the defensive side the team struggled at times, mainly in the secondary. Rashard Robinson had another poor performance and was targeted throughout the whole game. This is a huge area of concern because even in a game that the defense was able to create pressure the cornerbacks were still a liability and ultimately cost the team the game. The team may want to activate rookie Ahkello Witherspoon in hopes of improving this unit.
The special teams unit had a very impressive game, Robbie Gould went perfect on five attempts and Bradley Pinion punted seven times averaging 50.1 per attempt.
The penalties continued for the team as they piled up 13 (That were accepted) totally 113 yards, many of them came well the team was driving into Arizona territory which ended up stalling multiple promising possessions. An unnecessary penalty wiped out an 11 yard touchdown pass to Matt Breida. The multiple drops on catchable passes also contributed to this loss, with the lack of ability to produce explosive plays the team is just not talented enough to overcome the lack of execution. This is the third game in a row that the 49ers have lost by 3 points or less.
Marquise Goodwin left the game early on and going through concussion protocol. His speed was clearly missing as the team wasn’t able to get anything going down field. Other notable injuries were Dekoda Watson with a groin issue and Adrian Colbert with a hamstring injury, both of them did not return to the game.
*Main photo courtesy of The Mercury News