The 49ers finished undefeated in the preseason after Thursday night’s 17-14 win over the San Diego Chargers. That won’t mean anything however, when the 49ers kick off the regular season in Seattle a week from Sunday.
Here is some initial analysis…
Standout Stat: Anthony Dixon – 12 carries for 80 yards and a 46-yard TD. The rookie out of Mississippi State has made quite an impression, scoring a touchdown in every preseason game. His touchdown in this game showed everything you want to see from a running back. He was patient getting through the line of scrimmage, allowed his blocks to set up down field, showed great vision to find the seam and was physical enough to stiff arm starting safety Eric Weddle for the score.
Highlight Reel: Manny Lawson showcased his athleticism at the start of the second quarter when he blitzed Billy Volek, tipped the pass in the air, caught it himself and raced all the way back to the San Diego 38-yard line. After the game, Lawson credited the play to “great team defense” and while that is probably true, the fifth-year linebacker made a spectacular individual play.
Put it in Perspective: It’s great to finish the preseason 4-0 and feel like there is still plenty of room to improve. The 49ers failed to convert on 4th and inches on their second drive of the game. At that point, the offense looked to be clicking on all cylinders and Singletary has stated he expects to convert in those situations. There will be some tough decisions tomorrow when the 49ers coaching staff has to make the final cuts to get down to the 53-man roster. The true test for this team will come on September 12th when the 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks.
Quotable: Navorro Bowman – “It’s good to know we have guys to win. We’re kind of seeing how good our young guys really are and how good our depth is. Coach Sing, he’s always going to critique and get the best out of us and that’s what he’s a coach for, so we just got to keep getting better every single game.”
Mike Singletary – “Trust me, I’ve been 4-0 before in preseason and get the crap kicked out of you in the regular season. So I mean, we’re smart enough to know better now. The most important thing is you look at the film, you’re honest with yourself about what you see. We know we have a lot of detail work to do. I mean a lot of detail. So I’m looking forward to that, I’m looking forward to getting into the rhythm of the regular season, and our guys understand the challenge ahead of us, and the focus we have to have and the detail we have to have and the consistency we must have in order to be effective once the season starts.”
Stay tuned to 49ers.com in the coming days for news about the team’s final roster.
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