The 49ers fell to 0-2 on the season in heartbreaking fashion as Garrett Hartley hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a 25-22 win. Instead of saying that his team should have won this game, Mike Singletary focused on the turnovers that proved to be crucial.
Here’s instant analysis from the game.
Standout Stat: The 49ers finished Monday night minus-4 in turnover differential. The 49ers knew it would be a tough game going against the Super Bowl champs, but as Singletary noted, the turnovers did not put them in position to win the game.
Highlight Reel: The 49ers’ eight-play, 82-yard drive in just 53 seconds took the honors for highlight of the night. There were some fantastic individual plays made, including Alex Smith’s 41-yard strike to Vernon Davis in the third. Even more impressive, the 49ers’ final drive to tie things up at 22. Smith twice scrambled for 12 –yard gains and also had three passes of 15-plus yards to three different receivers.
Put it in Perspective: The attitude in the locker room following the game was optimistic. The team recognized the mistakes they made and will focus on limiting turnovers against Kansas City next week. Alex Smith finished 23-of-32 for 275 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Frank Gore racked up 112 yards rushing on 20 carries and added 56 yards receiving. He had two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. Josh Morgan also had a nice game with six catches for 70 yards. There were several positives from Monday night’s game, but the 49ers will have to rebound in the coming weeks as they hit the road, traveling to Kansas City and then to Atlanta.
Quotable: Alex Smith – “I think the one thing I take away…we put the workload on the offensive line. They knew they got challenged. They knew this was going to be on them and they stepped up.”
Right guard Adam Snyder felt the same way. “Obviously there are things we need to get better at to win games. I believe in us and I know everybody in this locker room believes in us. And that’s all we need – to believe and keep going.”
Tags: Alex Smith, Frank Gore, Josh Morgan, Vernon Davis
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