Snap count: Hyde, Bowman play less, face uncertain futures


Snap count: Hyde, Bowman play less, face uncertain futures

INDIANAPOLIS – Running back Carlos Hyde lost playing time to the “hot hand,” and linebacker NaVorro Bowman spent time on the 49ers’ sideline to remain “fresh.”

Two of the 49ers’ well-known veteran players with uncertain futures beyond this season saw their least-amount of play time for the season on Sunday in the team’s 26-23 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Backup running back Matt Breida played 35 of the 49ers’ 72 offensive plays, while Hyde was on the field for 33 snaps. Third-string running back Raheem Mostert played four snaps.

Bowman, who usually plays every snap, was on the field for 58 of the 49ers’ 76 offensive plays. Brock Coyle, who did not start, played a season-high 25 snaps on defense.

Coach Kyle Shanahan explained his decisions after the game.

“Really, we have three backs that are up,” Shanahan said. “And we try to give them all carries and go with the hot hand. We felt like Breida was the hot hand at the time.

“(Bowman) had a stinger during the game so he went out for a little bit there. We also had plans to take him out of a couple of series throughout the game just to make sure to keep him fresh.”

Bowman confirmed he sustained a mild stinger, but he said the condition did not keep him out of action.

Hyde is in the final year of his original four-year contract and is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season. Bowman appears unlikely to be back on the 49ers next season with salary and bonuses scheduled to pay him $9.45 million in 2018.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ playing time on offense, defense and special teams:

(72 plays)
Quarterback – Brian Hoyer 72
Running back – Matt Breida 35, Kyle Juszczyk 35, Carlos Hyde 33, Raheem Mostert 4
Wide receiver – Pierre Garçon 63, Marquise Goodwin 55, Trent Taylor 35, Aldrick Robinson 22, Victor Bolden 3
Tight end – George Kittle 40, Garrett Celek 32, Logan Paulsen 3
Offensive line – Joe Staley 72, Trent Brown 72, Daniel Kilgore 72, Brandon Fusco 72, Laken Tomlinson 72

(76 plays)
Defensive line – DeForest Buckner 67, Solomon Thomas 66, Arik Armstead 53, Earl Mitchell 47, Aaron Lynch 22, Elvis Dumervil 22, D.J. Jones 16, Xavier Cooper 12
Linebacker – NaVorro Bowman 58, Ray-Ray Armstrong 57, Brock Coyle 25, Eli Harold 24
Cornerback – Dontae Johnson 72, Rashard Robinson 62, K’Waun Williams 55, Ahkello Witherspoon 6
Safety – Jaquiski Tartt 76, Jimmie Ward 76, Lorenzo Jerome 20

(34 plays)
Coyle 29, Elijah Lee 24, Celek 23, Mosert 23, Harold 21, Bradley Pinion 18, Pita Taumoepenu 16, Bolden 16, Johnson 15, Paulsen 15, Asa Jackson 13, Breida 13, Tartt 12, Kyle Nelson 11, Jerome 11, Armstrong 10, R.Robinson 9, A.Robinson 7, Ward 7, Juszczyk 6, Buckner 6, Thomas 6, Armstead 6, Mitchell 6, Jones 6, Garry Gilliam 5, Zane Beadles 5, Robbie Gould 5, Witherspoon 5, Staley 5, Brown 5, Kilgore 5, Fusco 5, Taylor 4, Williams 1

QB C.J. Beathard

WR Kendrick Bourne
DB Eric Reid (knee)
LB Mark Nzeocha
LB Reuben Foster (ankle)
S Adrian Colbert (hamstring)
LB Dekoda Watson (groin)
OL Erik Magnuson


Marquise Goodwin stays positive through more family tragedy


Marquise Goodwin stays positive through more family tragedy

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin revealed another tragedy struck his family this week.

Just five weeks after the death of his unborn child due to complications in pregnancy, Goodwin revealed his biological father passed away last week.

“I’m blessed,” Goodwin said after the 49ers’ 25-23 victory over the Tennessee Titans. “I’ve been dealing with a lot. I’m blessed. I’m thankful for the opportunity. God has shown me so much in this season. I had a lot going on this year losing my baby and I just recently lost my biological father this week.

“It’s just been a lot, but I really didn’t let the outside negative energy affect how I play, how I approach this game or how I come to work each day. I just kind of stayed positive and kept my mind fresh, and I relied on God to bring me through all of the situations that I’ve been through.”

Goodwin has played a key role in the 49ers’ three-game winning streak. On Sunday, he caught a career-high 10 passes for 114 yards in the 49ers’ win over the Titans. In the past three games, Goodwin has 24 receptions for 319 yards.

Goodwin has already posted the best numbers of his five-year NFL career with 51 receptions for 897 yards.

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 25-23 win over Titans

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 25-23 win over Titans

SANTA CLARA -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 25-23 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 15 on Sunday:

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has brought something special to the 49ers. The team won just once in its first 11 games of the season. Since Garoppolo took over as the starter, the 49ers are 3-0, including two late-game comebacks.

His performance Sunday was his best, as the 49ers took down the Titans – a team battling for a spot in the AFC playoffs.

The 49ers were trailing by one point with 1:07 remaining and had the ball at their own 25-yard line. Garoppolo immediately completed passes to Trent Taylor, George Kittle and Marquise Goodwin. And the next thing you know, the 49ers had moved 48 yards down the field for the game-winning field goal.

Garoppolo completed 31 of 43 pass attempts for 381 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating was 106.8.

The 49ers are settling for way too many field goals, so all is not perfect. But considering where this team – where this offense – was before Garoppolo arrived on the scene, and it has been a remarkable transformation.

The 49ers rolled up 414 yards of total offense despite a sputtering run game. Garoppolo spread the ball around to nine different receivers – including himself. He made the ill-advised decision to hold onto a ball that came back at him after being deflected at the line of scrimmage. Garoppolo was quickly tackled for a 6-yard loss.

So, yes, he’s not perfect.

As if five field goals and a streak of 19 accurate kicks in a row was not enough, Robbie Gould had to make one more on the final snap of the game to prevent what would have been a heart-breaking defeat.

Gould was true, making a 45-yarder as time expired, to go along with kicks of 38, 48, 28, 50 and 48 yards. He made five field goals two weeks ago against his former team, the Chicago Bears, in a 15-14 victory at Soldier Field.

In the past three weeks, Gould has made 15 field goals – something no kicker has done in NFL history over a three-game stretch.

Gould has made 36 of his 38 field-goal attempts (.947 accuracy) and already is second all-time in club history for made field goals in a season. David Akers made 44 in 2011.

Every game during the 49ers’ three-game win streak there has been someone else who steps up in a big play. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, however, has been the constant.

Goodwin caught a career-high 10 passes for 114 yards, including an 11-yarder on the field drive that helped get the 49ers into range for Gould’s winning kick. In three games with Garoppolo as the starter, Goodwin has 24 receptions for 319 yards.

But he is not alone.

Tight end Garrett Celek had three catches for 63 yards. Rookie tight end George Kittle had a big 24-yard reception on the final drive and finished with 52 yards receiving. Undrafted rookie wideout Kendrick Bourne contributed four catches for 85 yards.

And on the defensive side, there was no play bigger than DeForest Buckner’s stop of DeMarco Murray on a third-and-2 play for no gain that forced the Titans to settle for Ryan Succop’s 50-yard field goal with 1:07 remaining and ensured the 49ers would have enough time for Garoppolo to work his magic.