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49ers vs. Buccaneers San Francisco Week 12 Game Balls & Highlights



San Francisco 49ers Tampa Buccaneers Week 12 game balls, highlights
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We hand out a single game ball to the San Francisco 49ers from the Niners’ 27-9 Week 12 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On yesterday’s Locked On 49ers Podcast, host Brian Peacock provided a rundown of the Niners’ game — including game notes and key takeaways — and handed out one game ball from the San Francisco 49ers’ loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs in Week 12 of the 2018 NFL regular season.

In his third NFL start, 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens took a major step back from his previous two games, as the young QB couldn’t handle the Buccaneers’ continuous pass rush. Missing both top wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon, rookie wideout Dante Pettis was Mullens’ top receiver of the day. Surprisingly, Mullens had a hard time hooking up with his favorite target, tight end George Kittle, who caught just half of his 12 targets for a total of 48 yards.

The San Francisco 49ers’ defensive unit fared no better, particularly with the absence of former first-rounder Reuben Foster, who was dismissed from the team after the linebacker was arrested on domestic abuse charges at the team hotel on Saturday night. The Niners’ defense didn’t come to play on Sunday, as they allowed Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston to throw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, for a passer rating of 117.4.

While Pettis deserves an honorable mention due to his 77 receiving yards and a touchdown reception, the lone game ball of the week goes to another offensive player, running back Matt Breida:

49ers RB Matt Breida

Breida continues to be one of the lone bright spots for the 49ers in 2018, as the second-year runner amassed 106 rushing yards on just 14 carries on Sunday, thanks to a 7.6 yards-per-rush average. Breida also added three catches for 34 yards through the air, and appeared to score a touchdown on a short run that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan chose not to challenge.

Breida took advantage of the Niners’ Week 11 bye, as the running back was back at full strength and appeared to seek out contact from Bucs’ defenders. Even with the return of running back Jerick McKinnon next season, Breida has certainly carved out a significant role in San Francisco’s backfield in 2019:

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida


Listen to Locked On 49ers host Brian Peacock’s review of the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 12 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — including game notes and key takeaways from the Niners’ 10th loss of the season — on yesterday’s’ Rapid React podcast:

Chris Wilson is the Lead Writer for Locked on 49ers - part of the Locked On Podcast Network. You may have seen Chris Wilson’s work on NFL game theory, statistical analysis and film breakdowns at FanSided, Niner Noise, 49ers Webzone, ClutchPoints, Insidethe49 and others. Follow Chris Wilson on Twitter @cgawilson.

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PODCAST: Seahawks Snap 49ers Unbeaten Streak in Overtime Thriller

Brian Peacock



  • 49ers fall to the Seahawks 27-24 on Monday Night Football
  • Russell Wilson gets three chances to win it in overtime for Seattle
  • Rookie emergency kicker nails three field goals, but misses game-winner for SF
  • Niners defense strong again, but offense stumbles
  • Game notes and game balls

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49ers Film Room: Breaking down QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s Top 5 Passes



49ers Film Room: Garoppolo top passes
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After reviewing each of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s passes during his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, we selected Jimmy G’s top 5 plays, and then broke each one down for this edition of 49ers Film Room.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo brought a great deal of excitement — and a number of impressive plays — to the Bay Area since general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan acquired the signal caller from the New England Patriots two years ago.

Jimmy G completed 333 passes over roughly 16 games since he was traded to San Francisco during the 2017 NFL regular season. After a tweet by Locked on 49ers Podcast host Brian Peacock during last week’s game sparked a debate about Garoppolo’s best throw as a Niner, we decided to participate in the enjoyable task of watching — and ranking — each of those 333 completions.

In the end, we concluded the following five plays are Garoppolo’s finest to date, and then we broke each one down [credit goes to Aaron Wilson of for the time-consuming video editing work] for today’s edition of 49ers Film Room:

No. 5: Garoppolo and Taylor Improvise for the Score

Like many of Jimmy G’s top plays, this one comes on a key third down in the fourth quarter of the contest. Garoppolo’s improvisational side-armed touchdown throw to wide receiver Trent Taylor extends the 49ers’ lead to two scores over the Jacksonville Jaguars — owners of the NFL’s best defense in 2017.

This play makes our list not because the pass was thrown with pin-point accuracy, but because Garoppolo did everything he could to give Taylor an opportunity to score: he extends the play, properly sets his base, changes his throwing motion to fit the pass between three defenders and puts the ball where only his receiver can make the play:


No 4: Garoppolo’s Perfect Touchdown Pass in his 49ers Debut

When Garoppolo was thrust into action against the Seattle Seahawks due to injury in 2017, he wasted no time making his mark despite his limited knowledge of Shanahan’s playbook. After moving the sticks with an 8-yard completion on fourth down, Garoppolo rushes the 49ers to the line with just two seconds remaining on the clock. Again, Jimmy G gets flushed to his left side, but makes sure to quickly set his feet before throwing the pass into the tightest of windows for his first touchdown as a member of the Niners:


No 3: Garoppolo Shows Grit on Third Down

Garoppolo is best on the money down — third down — and his willingness to stand tall in the pocket is on clear display during this third down completion to tight end George Kittle. The quarterback feels the heat of the Kansas City Chief’s pass rush, but despite the free blitzer bearing down on him, delivers the perfect pass needed to move the sticks:


No 2: The Garoppolo-Sanders Connection Is Real

The play that began this conversation comes in on our list at No. 2. On third down, Garoppolo recognizes man coverage, but is forced to release the pass to WR Emmanuel Sanders before his new wideout makes his break, trusting Sanders to run his route to perfection. Despite stepping on his lineman’s foot, Jimmy G throws a perfect pass to Sanders, who gets his head around in time to find the ball within his grasp:


No 1: Garoppolo and Pettis Kick off the 49ers’ 2018 Season

While it’s difficult to top the previous pass, Garoppolo’s first touchdown of the 2018 season comes in at No. 1 on our list. This play has checks all the boxes: Jimmy G correctly reads the defense, spins away from pressure, and then has a fraction of a second to find WR Dante Pettis streaking downfield before lofting a perfect 40-yard pass into his receiver’s hands in the back of the end zone for the score:

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PODCAST: Shanahan Practice Report, Niners Add Gould Insurance

Brian Peacock



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  • First injury report for Week 10
  • Kyle Shanahan speaks on who was in/out of practice Thursday, Russell Wilson and Monday Night Football
  • Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey itching to get back on the field
  • George Kittle and RObbie Gould not practicing
  • 49ers sign kicker Chase McLaughlan

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