By Niner Faithful
The Niners traveled to Minnesota for their third preseason to play the Minnesota Vikings in their first game at their brand new stadium on Sunday night. Both starting units played the entire first half and played well taking a 14-0 lead into the locker room at half time. But the backups on defense gave up 32 points in the second half and lost the game on a two point conversion on the last play(literally the clock was at 0:00) of the 4th quarter it was the only time in 60mins the Niners did not have the lead. As disappointing as the loss was there are plenty of positives to take away from Sunday’s game.
Brian Hoyer: Hoyer started out the game going 9 for 9 passing for 152 yards on the Niners first two drives both ending in touchdowns one a 46 yard bomb to Marquise Goodwin off Play action and the other a 24 yard strike to Carlos Hyde. He cooled off a little bit after that going 3 for 8 for 24 yards. He showed touch on deep balls and showed the poise in the pocket that Shanahan likes in his QBs. He finished his night going 12-17 176 yards 2 TDs and a QBR of 143.3. After two preseason games where the entire starting offense struggled it was nice to see our starting QB has a nice half.
Reuben Foster: The steal of the draft(yes I really just called him that) had a monster game(8 tackles 5 solo and 1 TFL)He set the tone for the defense on the first play of the game with a big hit on Dalvin Cook for a 5 yard loss. He delivered big hits all night and where the ball went you could see number 56 there ready to make a play.
Raheem Mostert: The star of the game was Raheem Mostert. He took a screen pass on 3 and 22 from his own 13 yard line and while showing great speed took it 87 yards to the house. He finished the night with 2 catches for 104 yards to go along with 4 carries for 26 yards and another TD. With his strong play on Special Teams over the preseason he might was played his way onto our 53 man roster with this game.
Marquise Goodwin: We finally got to see the deep ball to number 11 that we have been hearing about ever since we signed him as a free agent this offseason. And it didn’t disappoint. Goodwin blew by a pro bowl corner and an all pro safety as Hoyer dropped back and through the prettiest deep ball right into his hands and he walked into the end zone for the 46 yard TD. Now that it’s on tape teams have to respect it witch will open up all the stuff underneath for the other WR. Its straight portray in motion.
Pierre Garcon: He didn’t have to best stats (6 catches on 7 targets for 64 yards). But he showed that he is a reliable 3 down receiver who isn’t afraid of contact and can make the tough catches in traffic. He showed Anquan Bolden type of strong hands on a few catches and is a clear upgrade on anything we had last year.
Aaron Lynch: Again didn’t have any stats but made his presence felt though his pass rush whenever he was out there. Lynch was challenged by both Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch to get into shape and really dedicate himself this year and so far so good and is making it tough on couching staff on who to keep.
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