49ers review: Offensive player-by-player


49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

It was quarterback Alex Smith's worst game of the season. But nobody is complaining because he delivered when the 49ers needed him the most.
Smith put the ball in the exact location tight end Delanie Walker needed it in order to keep his momentum going toward the end zone to score the go-ahead touchdown Sunday against the previously unbeaten Detroit Lions.The perfectly thrown slant pattern came on a fourth-and-goal at the 6-yard line with 1:51 remaining.
"So many times you see that play if it's just off-center, 6 inches, 4 inches, you don't get that ball into the end zone," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "The kind of play that Alex has given us, really indicative of our entire offense.
"I don't think anybody played perfect on the offensive side of the ball in this game. But I thought they overcame adversity, got stronger as the game went on and didn't flinch at crunch time. All those things. Really proud of Alex and the offensive unit for that."Here's a player-by-player look at the 49ers' offensive performances from their 25-19 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday:Quarterback
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive.
7-Colin Kaepernick: Did not play. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: Smith completed just 53 percent of his attempts and was high on many of his attempts. But Smith did a couple things very well. First off, he made the absolute perfect pass on a short slant on a do-or-die fourth-and-goal from the 6 with less than two minutes to play. Also, Smith hung in there and took some hits to deliver the football. One his best plays was an incompletion, as he got rid of the ball to avoid a sack before taking a big hit from Lawrence Jackson on a third-and-goal play against an all-out blitz. That gave the 49ers a better opportunity to score on the fourth-down play. Smith completed 17 of 32 passes for 125 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His passer rating was a season-low 60.0.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Started and played 46 of the 49ers' 63 offensive plays. He rushed for 141 yards on 15 carries. Picked up 49ers' first first down of the game when he bounced to the left after the play designed to go off the right side was stacked up. He gained 14 yards on that play. He did a good job of using angles to make defenders on the second level miss on his long runs of 47 and 55 yards.
24-Anthony Dixon: Played two offensive snaps. He was stopped for no gain on a run attempt from the 1-yard line at the end of the first quarter. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: He played 16 snaps in the game, including four of the eight plays on the 49ers' final touchdown drive. . . . He split two unblocked defenders for a 9-yard run to open that drive. Then, he somehow stayed off the ground after safety Louis Delmas took his feet out from under him and managed to gain 3 additional yards on another 9-yard gain on that drive.
44-Moran Norris: Inactive. He sustained a fractured left fibula Sept. 18 against the Cowboys and is expected to miss six weeks.
49-Bruce Miller: Started the game at fullback, and played 26 of the 49ers' 63 offensive plays. He carried once for 3 yards. . . . Blocked defensive end Willie Young in first quarter, enabling Hunter to pick up 8 yards. . . . Committed false start in first quarter. . . . A step late getting out to block cornerback Eric Wright on play in which Gore was thrown for a 3-yard loss on screen play. . . . Cut block on defensive end Avril allowed Hunter to pick up 9 yards to open final TD drive. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)
90-Isaac Sopoaga: He played six snaps as a blocking back. Was called for a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness for pulling the helmet off defensive end Willie Young in the second quarter. . . . The 49ers gained just 12 yards on his six plays on offense.Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: Saw 19 snaps as the 49ers' No. 3 receiver and saw one pass go his way. It was incomplete. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Started at wide receiver and played a season-high 52 snaps. He caught nine passes for 77 yards, and few of them were routine. . . Crabtree was the target on 15 pass attempts. He was open on three of the incompletions thrown his way but Smith overthrew him. Crabtree also had a pass down the right sideline get through his hands. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: Inactive. He underwent arthroscopic surgery Sept. 19 to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee. The 49ers hope he'll be able to return after the bye, Oct. 30, against Cleveland. "This will be a big week getting on the field, starting to jog, run, make cuts," Harbaugh said on Monday. "We'll see how much progress he can make to know if we'll get him back next week at practice."(Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
18-Brett Swain: He played on special-teams coverage units, and saw one snap on offense.
19-Ted Ginn: He started at wideout for the first time in his 49ers career and played 41 snaps. He caught only two passes for 24 yards, but they were big ones, as the 49ers got into position late in the first half for David Akers' 55-yard field goal. He also took the ball on two end-arounds and gained 21 yards. . . He made a huge contribution in the return game. His 40-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter gave the 49ers the ball at the Detroit 35-yard line, where they began their go-ahead touchdown drive.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: Entered the game for the 49ers' second offensive play and saw action on 30 of the team's 63 snaps. . . . He was outstanding throughout the game as a blocker. And, of course, he made the game-winning catch. He caught the pass at the 2 and carried safety Louis Delmas into the end zone, somehow keeping his right knee from hitting the ground before he broke the plane of the goal line. . . Called for a false start, even though he was off the line of scrimmage and going in motion before the 49ers' second play of the game. . . Had a block on Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh that opened hole for Gore's 47-yard run to set up first touchdown. . . . And got an identical block on Suh in third quarter on Gore's 59-yard run. . . Same block to the other side, this time on defensive tackle Corey Williams, enabled Hunter to pick up 9 yards on final TD drive. . . . His TD catch made amends for a play in the third quarter in which he could not hold onto a Smith pass at the sideline in the end zone. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: Played four snaps in three-TE formations. Was called for a false start in third quarter. . . . He saw one pass come his way, but he was defended well on the play for an incompletion.
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end and played every snap from scrimmage. He caught just two passes for 8 yards, but one was a 5-yard catch on third-and-3 against strong safety Amari Spievey on the 49ers' first TD drive. . . . Drove Avril into the line to open lane for Gore on a 59-yard run in the third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started at center and played every snap in the game. . . . He did a good job of managing the line, as there were few communication problems with the blocking assignments despite the crowd noise. He got to the second level to tie up defenders on Gore's long runs, and a 9-yard Hunter run on the final TD drive. . . . Provided good help in pass protection against the Lions' defensive front. (Follow on Twitter @JGoody59)
62-Chilo Rachal: He did not start, but he entered the game at right guard at the beginning of the fourth quarter after Adam Snyder sustained a right shoulder injury. . . . He handled Suh one-on-one to open hole for Gore's 9-yard run late in their final TD drive.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive.
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard, and played the first three quarters before exiting with a right shoulder stinger. . . Had block on defensive tackle Nick Fairley on 8-yard run for Hunter in first quarter. . . . Had a holding penalty called on him in the third quarter that was declined. . . . During his time in the game, he held his own against Suh, who lined up over him most of the time. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle, and his day got considerably better after the first snap of the game. He was slow out of his stance and right defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch blew past him for a sackfumble on the 49ers' first snap of the game. . . . Drove outside linebacker DeAndre Levy past Gore in the first quarter, enabling Gore to bounce to the outside for a 14-yard gain. . . . Called for false start in second quarter. . . Blocked down, then got to the outside to lead the way with a block on Delmas to help Ginn pick up 12 yards on a reverse. (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: He entered the game for eight snaps as an eligible receiverextra blocker. . . He blocked down on Avril to help Gore pick up 9 yards on final TD drive.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle, and had an exceptional game. He was called for a false start at beginning of second possession. . . . Got block on linebacker Bobby Carpenter that allowed Gore to get into secondary on 47-yard run in first quarter. . . . Blocked Suh on Gore's 1-yard TD run at beginning of second quarter. . . . Outstanding protection against Avril on the fourth-down TD to ride him out of the way, creating a nice throwing lane for Smith on the slant. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard and played every snap. Got out to second level to make block on Levy on a Gore 6-yard run in third quarter. . . Got a big block on a linebacker for Gore to pick up 9 yards to give 49ers a first-and-goal on the final drive.
78-Mike Person: Inactive.

Ken Norton Jr. leaving 49ers after just one week for DC job


Ken Norton Jr. leaving 49ers after just one week for DC job

Ken Norton Jr.'s stay with the 49ers lasted about one week.

Last Monday, the 49ers hired Norton as the assistant head coach -  defense/inside linebackers. But now, he's going to exercise an opt-out in his contract in order to return to the Seahawks to become the defensive coordinator.

Originally reported by the NFL Network and KING 5 News in Seattle, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area the news that Norton was given permission to leave.

"Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position," Shanahan said.

Serving as Jack Del Rio's defensive coordinator in Oakland, Norton was fired by the Raiders on Nov. 21. Norton coached the Seattle linebackers from 2010 through 2014.

This past week, Norton sat down with NBC Sports Bay Area to discuss his relationship with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and shared his thoughts on Reuben Foster.

Why Garoppolo's bank account should be rooting for the Patriots


Why Garoppolo's bank account should be rooting for the Patriots

Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer his backup, but the 49ers quarterback should still be cheering for Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl. 

Well, at least his wallet should. 

Garoppolo earns a big payday if the Patriots win two more games. If the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl, Garoppolo can add $56,000 and another $56,000 if New England wins it all. 

The Patriots play the winner of Jaguars vs Steelers in their seventh straight AFC Championship Game. 

The 26-year-old finished up the last year of his rookie deal this season. He signed a four-year, $3,483,898 contract when the Patriots drafted him in 2014. Garoppolo made a base salary of $434,158 in 2017. 

After leading the 49ers to five straight wins as the team's starting quarterback, the team is expected to try to sign Garoppolo to a long-term contract or give him the franchise tag is negotiations hit a snag.