49ers review: Offensive player-by-player


49ers review: Offensive player-by-player

The 49ers' offense sprung to life in the third quarter with two long, quick scoring drives. Then, the offensive line mauled the Philadelphia Eagles with the run game late in the fourth quarter to finish off the 24-23 victory on Sunday.The passing game was uncharacteristically explosive on consecutive touchdown drives after halftime. The 49ers went 80 yards on four plays, then came back with a five-play, 77-yard drive.There were solid performances all around, as a team that entered the game averaging a league-worst 213.7 total yards through three games erupted for 442 yards and 21-second half points.Here's a player-by-player look at the 49ers' offensive performance:
3-Scott Tolzien: Inactive.
7-Colin Kaepernick: Entered the game on second drive for a third-and-17 play. He rolled right on apparent run-pass option play, but 49ers called a timeout before the snap. He remained in the game after the timeout and handed off to Gore out of the shotgun formation. That was the extent of his playing time: one snap. (Follow on Twitter @Kaepernick7)
11-Alex Smith: He started the game and played all but one snap. He was off target with many of his first-half pass attempts. The second half was another story. His third quarter was spectacular, as he completed all nine of his attempts for 179 yards and two touchdowns. . . He moved to his right to avoid pressure and found Kendall Hunter 8 yards down field, and Hunter turned it into a 44-yard gain. . . . He beat seven-man pressure with well-thrown slant to Joshua Morgan that he turned into a 30-yard touchdown in the third quarter. . . . Made a nice play to gather in a shotgun snap that went awry and throw an incompletion out of bounds to avoid a 15-yard loss. . . . Smith finished with a 112.1 passer rating, completing 21 of 33 passes for 291 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. . . . He was sacked three times, and lost one fumble.Running backs
21-Frank Gore: Entered 49ers' fourth play of the game, but played 38 of the team's 61 offensive plays. He had an outstanding game with 127 yards and a touchdown on 15 rushing attempts. Also caught two passes for 12 yards. . . He tore off a 40-yard gain on his first play. His ankle looked just fine as he made strong safety Jarrad Page miss a tackle 16 yards down the field. . . . Good second effort to pick up 2 yards on a third-and-1 early in the fourth quarter. . . . Carried Asante Samuel the final 5 yards on his 12-yard TD run to give the 49ers the late lead.
24-Anthony Dixon: Played solely on special teams and recorded a tackle. (Follow on Twitter @Boobie24Dixon)
32-Kendall Hunter: Started at halfback, and played 23 of the 49ers' 61 offensive plays. He finished with 38 yards rushing on nine carries, and caught two passes for 62 yards. . . . He picked up 18 yards on a middle screen to pick up a first down on first drive. . . . Tremendous cut block on defensive end Trent Cole to enable Smith to hit Joshua Morgan for a 26-yard pass on first play of second half. . . . Had 44-yard reception, but it could've been a lot more if he didn't veer to the left into Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was pursuing from the middle of the field.
44-Moran Norris: Inactive. He sustained a fractured left fibula Sept. 18 against the Cowboys and is expected to miss four to six weeks. He did not make the road trip.
49-Bruce Miller: Started at fullback, and played 22 snaps. His blocked improved tremendously from a week ago. He also caught one pass for 15 yards. . . . Before he stepped on field on offense, he was called for a holding on first punt return of the game. He recorded a tackle on special teams. . . On first play, had outstanding cut block of linebacker Moise Fokou to enable Hunter to pick up 7 yards. . . . Caught pass along left sideline and showed good running ability for 15-yard gain in third quarter . . . .Provided a strong block on third-and-1 in final minute to help Gore pick up 5 yards and a first down. (Follow on Twitter @bmiller_49)Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: He played four snaps from scrimmage and caught a pass for 4 yards. (Follow on Twitter @KyleWilliams_10)
15-Michael Crabtree: Started and played 43 snaps in the game. . . He caught a team-best five passes for 68 yards. . . Pulled in a couple high passes from Smith in the first quarter, making nice catches of 11 and 14 yards after failing to haul in the first ball thrown his way . . . .Beat cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha with a stop-and-go for a 38-yard gain in the third quarter. . . . He provided blocks on Joselio Hanson and Asomugha on Hunter's big third-down run on touchdown drive. (Follow on Twitter @KingCrab15)
17-Braylon Edwards: Inactive. He did not make the road trip. He underwent arthroscopic surgery Sept. 19 to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee and is expected to miss a month. His expected return date is after the bye, Oct. 30, against Cleveland. (Follow on Twitter @OfficialBraylon)
19-Ted Ginn: He played 17 snaps, mostly in three-receiver sets but did not catch a pass. . . Returned second-quarter kickoff 7 yards deep in end zone and brought it out to the 13. He averaged 24.7 yards on three kickoff returns. Was stopped for minus-6 yards on two punt returns.
84-Joshua Morgan: Started at wide receiver. He and Smith were on the same page with a slant to beat the safety blitz off the right side. He turned it into a 30-yard touchdown. He finished with three catches for 65 yards. . . . Had the key block on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to enable Hunter to gain 14 yards on a crucial third-and-7 late in the game. Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: Entered the game on the second play, and dropped a pass on the right side that was set up as a tight end screen. Had great block on safety Nate Allen on Gore's 25-yard run in fourth quarter. . . . He played 32 snaps and finished with three catches for 20 yards. (Follow on Twitter @Dwalk46)
81-Justin Peelle: He played four snaps on offense. He had no passes thrown his way.
85-Vernon Davis: Started at tight end, and played all but one snap in the game. He finished with four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. . . Ran nice route against inside linebacker Jamar Chaney and then took and then rolled through tackle attempt of safety Jarrad Page at goal line on 9-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. (Follow on Twitter @VernonDavis85)Offensive linemen
59-Jonathan Goodwin: Started at center. Neutralized defensive tackle Mike Patterson one-on-one to help Gore tear off a 40-yard run on his first carry of the game. . . . He had a good game in pass protection and run-blocking. . . . Misconnected with Alex Smith on another shotgun snap, but Smith tracked it down and threw it out of bounds to prevent a huge loss.
62-Chilo Rachal: He did not start but he saw eight snaps of action on offense at right guard when the 49ers went with a power run game. He got good push against the Eagles front, as the 49ers ran out the clock . . . On field-goal protection, he did not block anyone, and King Dunlap got between he and Mike Iupati to block a third-quarter field goal attempt. . . Did a good job against Brian Rolle on Gore's 12-yard touchdown run.
67-Daniel Kilgore: Inactive.
68-Adam Snyder: Started at right guard. He reported as tight end for eight plays. He blocked left defensive end Jason Babin one-on-one to allow Smith time to hit Davis for 26-yard gain in first quarter. Allowed pressure against Mike Patterson and Smith could not step into throw that went incomplete for Ginn in the end zone. . . . While lined up at tight end got a block on linebacker Akeem Jordan that helped Gore pick up 5 yards on a third-and-1 in the final minute. (Follow on Twitter @ASnyds68)
74-Joe Staley: Started at left tackle, and had a good game in both pass protection and run-blocking. . . He provided double-team block on Gore's 40-yard run on first drive. . . . Called for a false start early in the game. . . . He did an outstanding job throughout in pass protection against Trent Cole. Shaken up in the first quarter, but missed only one snap. . . . Drove linebacker Jamar Chaney 10 yards off the ball on Gore's 25-yard run on final TD drive. (Follow on Twitter @jstaley74)
75-Alex Boone: Saw one snap at left tackle on offense when Snyder was shaken up. He kept Cole off Smith to allow him to hit Crabtree for 14 yards.
76-Anthony Davis: Started at right tackle, and had a good game in run-blocking but struggled in pass protection. . . He was called for tripping, when he leg-whipped Jason Babin on 49ers' second play. He did it again in the third quarter and was caught again. . . Got to the second level to block Chaney on Gore's 40-yard run. . . . Babin twice beat Davis twice for sacks. The other sack came when Davis blocked down and Babin sailed untouched toward Smith. (Follow on Twitter @AnthonyDavis76)
77-Mike Iupati: Started at left guard. . . . He locked up Mike Patterson on Gore's 25-yard fourth-quarter run. . . . Made strong block on linebacker Moise Fokou on Gore's 8-yard gain for a first down, as 49ers chewed up final two minutes of the game. On field-goal protection, he did not block anyone, and King Dunlap got between he and Chilo Rachal to block a third-quarter field goal attempt.
78-Mike Person: Was not active.

Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists


Roger Craig, Terrell Owens, John Lynch among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Former 49ers running back Roger Craig, in his final year on the modern-era ballot, is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the 10th consecutive year.

Craig is among 27 semifinalists announced for the Class of 2018. The list includes six first-year eligible candidates and four other players who have been eligible previously but are semifinalists for the first time.

Wide receiver Terrell Owens and safety John Lynch, currently 49ers general manager, are among the return semifinalists. Lynch was among the final 10 players last year, while Owens made it to the top 15.

The list of first-year eligible semifinalists includes wide receiver Randy Moss, defensive back Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, and defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

The four previously-eligible players who are semifinalists for the first time are safety LeRoy Butler, defensive ends Leslie O’Neal and Simeon Rice, and cornerback Everson Walls.

In January, the list of modern-era candidates will be trimmed to 15 individuals. There will be a total of 18 finalists, including contributor finalist Bobby Beathard and seniors finalists Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer. Hall of Fame rules stipulate from four to eight new members will be selected every year.

Beathard, Brazile and Kramer will be voted on separately and, like all other finalists, must receive 80-percent approval from the full selection committee at the annual selection meeting on Feb. 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, the day before Super Bowl LII.

Craig's teams made it to the playoffs in each of his 11 NFL seasons, including his first eight years with the 49ers. In 1985, he became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.

Owens, who played his first eight seasons with the 49ers, was a first-team All-Pro performer six times. He ranks second all-time in receiving yards (15,934) and third with 153 receiving touchdowns.

Lynch, a hard-hitting safety with Tampa Bay and Denver, was selected to nine Pro Bowls in his 15-year career. He recorded 26 interceptions, forced 16 fumbles and recovered nine in his career.

Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Ronde Barber, CB/S – 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Tony Boselli, T – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve) | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Isaac Bruce, WR – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
LeRoy Butler, S – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2005, 2010-18)
Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings | (Times as a Semifinalist: 10 – 2009-18)
Brian Dawkins, S – 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)
Alan Faneca, G – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Torry Holt, WR – 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Steve Hutchinson, G – 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 8 – 2005, 2008, 2013-18)
Edgerrin James, RB – 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Jimmy Johnson, Coach – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins | (Times as a Semifinalist: 5 – 2014-18)
Ty Law, CB – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Ray Lewis, LB – 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 6 – 2013-18)
Kevin Mawae, C/G – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans | (Times as a Semifinalist: 4 – 2015-18)
Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos | (Times as a Semifinalist: 7 – 2012-18)
Randy Moss, WR – 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Leslie O'Neal, DE – 1986, 1988-1995 San Diego Chargers, 1996-1997 St. Louis Rams, 1998-1999 Kansas City Chiefs | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Terrell Owens, WR – 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals | (Times as a Semifinalist: 3 – 2016-18)
Simeon Rice, DE – 1996-2000 Arizona Cardinals, 2001-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2007 Denver Broncos, 2007 Indianapolis Colts | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Richard Seymour, DE/DT – 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Brian Urlacher, LB – 2000-2012 Chicago Bears | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Everson Walls, CB – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns | (Times as a Semifinalist: 1 – 2018)
Hines Ward, WR – 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers | (Times as a Semifinalist: 2 – 2017-18)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area is one of 48 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'


John Lynch: Eventually, Garoppolo 'is going to be our guy'

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch came close Tuesday to announcing which quarterback will start for the 49ers this week.

But the official announcement that rookie C.J. Beathard will start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks will have to come from coach Kyle Shanahan, he said.

“C.J. (Beathard) played extremely well against the Giants, and that’s likely,” Lynch told reporters at Levi’s Stadium. “But I’ll let Kyle speak to that.”

Lynch reiterated that they want to give newly acquired Jimmy Garoppolo the best chance to succeed. Garoppolo spent part of the 49ers' bye week learning the basics of the offensive system in meetings with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello. Garoppolo also met one-on-one with Shanahan.

Beathard had his best game as a pro on Nov. 12, before the bye week, as he threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. Garoppolo arrived in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 in a trade with the New England Patriots.

Lynch said he feels Garoppolo “is going to be our guy,” so the organization does not feel any urgency to rush him onto the field. In fact, Lynch sounded as if the 49ers are not placing a high priority on spending big on the quarterback position with Garoppolo and Beathard on the team.

"You still study every position, but we feel pretty good about where our quarterback room is,” Lynch said.