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Chase McLaughlin not sure what happened on 49ers' missed field goal

Chase McLaughlin not sure what happened on 49ers' missed field goal

SANTA CLARA – Raheem Mostert charged forward full speed ahead, churning hard to convert a 49ers third down. He was only two yards away but ended up just short, so close a replay review was required to confirm it.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was faced with a fourth-and-short deep into Monday’s overtime period against Seattle and sent out the field goal unit without a second thought.

“Honestly, it never entered my mind right there,” Shanahan said. “We were 3-for-3 at the time, and it was certainly close enough for him.”

Shanahan wasn’t referring to former All-Pro Robbie Gould, someone as clutch as they come since joining the 49ers in 2017. He was out with a groin injury that forced the 49ers to sign a new kicker off the street.

Chase McLaughlin got the gig and made the most of his first three opportunities. He was nails from 43 yards out to open the scoring. He converted again from 39 to tie it midway through the fourth quarter. And then, with the game on the line and regulation time expiring, McLaughlin drilled one straight and true from 47 yards away.

McLaughlin faced the exact same distance to win it in overtime. That’s why Shanahan didn’t even consider going for it on fourth down.

This one, for all the marbles, didn’t go as planned. It went well wide left. Like, really wide. Like, so wide it sent folks ducking in the tunnel.

“I don’t know exactly what happened,” McLaughlin said. “I’ll have to look at it on film, but I rushed it a little bit and hit it a little high. Unfortunately, I missed it.”

The 49ers forced a punt after that but gave Russell Wilson too many bites at the apple and the clutch quarterback eventually set his Seahawks up for a 27-24 victory at Levi’s Stadium.

His new 49ers teammates certainly felt for the 23-year old, who came through big-time at the end of the fourth quarter but couldn’t come through in overtime.

“You absolutely feel for Chase,” fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. “He really did have a good game. That’s a lot to ask for a new kicker to come in and make all those kicks. I feel for him, but we all let him know we have his back.”

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That includes Gould, despite the team being hopeful he'll be ready next week game against Arizona. The veteran spoke to McLaughlin about the tough break that was a major reason why the 49ers are no longer unbeaten.

“He just said, ‘Keep your head up,’” McLaughlin said. “This game has a lot of highs and some lows. Unfortunately, today was one of them.”

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

Jimmy Garoppolo balled out in the 49ers' thrilling 48-46 win over the Saints last Sunday.

For the third time this season, Garoppolo threw four touchdown passes in a game.

In guiding the 49ers to an NFC-best 11-2 record, Garoppolo has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,245 yards. He's thrown 25 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions this season.

While Garoppolo's not in the MVP conversation, he's putting up solid numbers as the 49ers continue to rack up wins. But there is one anonymous NFC offensive coach that still hasn't quite bought into Garoppolo.

"I don’t think he can do it consistently, but he did it today," the coach told The Athletic's Mike Sando after the 49ers beat the Saints. "[Drew] Brees moved down the field and scored. That is what you expect. I didn’t know that Garoppolo would be able to do it, but he did it."

Sando noted that in his annual Quarterback Tiers survey, the coach in question had Garoppolo on the second tier in 2017. Last season, after Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in Week 3, the coach moved Garoppolo down to the third tier of NFL quarterbacks.

Whether or not Garoppolo is an elite quarterback is up for debate. NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms feels the 49ers quarterback is "really good," but doesn't consider him elite. But what is for certain is that Garoppolo is not a "third tier" quarterback. He doesn't have the gaudy numbers like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson, but Garoppolo has a 19-4 career record as a starter in the NFL. That can't be ignored.

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Garoppolo will have another chance to impress the offensive coach Sunday when the 49ers host the Falcons at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

When the Arizona Cardinals waived veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday, 49ers fans instantly wondered if the top team in the NFC would try to claim T-Sizzle.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes Suggs would be a fit for the 49ers due to injuries to Ronald Blair, Damontre Moore and Dee Ford.

But you can lower your expectations, 49ers fans.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources, that Suggs would "strongly consider not reporting if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens claims him."

Suggs spent the first 16 years of his NFL career in Baltimore, so it's understandable that the Ravens are the only team he wants to play for.

While it appears Suggs won't be donning a 49ers' uniform, it would still make sense for the 49ers to put in a waiver claim on the 37-year-old.

Why?

Assuming Suggs gets through the 30 teams ahead of the 49ers in the waiver order, the 49ers would be wise to try to block the linebacker from going to the Ravens.

After all, the 49ers and Ravens could meet up in Super Bowl LIV, and the last thing San Francisco wants to see is T-Sizzle coming after Jimmy Garoppolo.

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And you never know. Maybe coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch can convince Suggs to play for the 49ers.

Suggs' fate will be decided Monday when teams can put in a waiver claim on him. No matter what happens, the 49ers absolutely should claim him.