Richard Sherman not satisfied with 49ers' narrow win over Lions

Richard Sherman not satisfied with 49ers' narrow win over Lions

SANTA CLARA -- After opening last season with nine consecutive losses, the 49ers did not have to wait nearly as long in coach Kyle Shanahan’s second year for their first win.

But just winning a game no longer is good enough -- at least not with veteran cornerback Richard Sherman on the team.

Sherman made it clear Sunday that nobody should be satisfied with the 49ers’ performance after the team held on for a 30-27 victory over the Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium.

“A win’s a win,” Sherman said. “It feels like a loss to me.”

Sherman was not pleased with the performance of the defense, which allowed Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to throw for 347 yards and three touchdowns. The Lions rallied from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to get back into the game in the closing minutes.

“It’s 30-13 going into the fourth quarter, we got to execute down the stretch,” Sherman said. “Stafford’s a good quarterback. They’re a good team, but we got to execute down the stretch and we got to play better.

“It’s a good learning lesson for a young team that we needed. It’s a humbling lesson. Thank goodness we got the win out of it. There’s a lot of good tape, a lot of good learning for us. I think it’s going to be a humbling experience for a lot of our players.”

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he likes the perfectionist attitude that Sherman, an eight-year NFL veteran, has brought to the 49ers.

“Sherm has a great mindset,” Garoppolo said. “It’s a good thing. I was just talking to some of the guys. It’s a different mindset than last year. Last year, if we got a win, we were happy about it. Now, you kind of progress as a team.

“I think our guys are growing and learning like that. When you have a chance like we had to blow them out and take advantage of that stuff, we didn’t. It’s just little things like that we need to clean up.”

The 49ers had ample opportunities to close the door on the Lions but failed to deliver the knockout blow against a team that lost 48-17 to the New York Jets in the season opener Monday night.

“I think it just comes down to mental toughness, having all the guys thinking the same way,” Garoppolo said. “When you get to the opportunity, you’ve got to take advantage of it. It’s a lot of little things coming together. You can’t let human nature take over at that point.”

Shanahan did not equate Sunday’s narrow victory as a loss, but he said he was disappointed the 49ers did not build on their big lead in the fourth quarter.

“A win is a win,” Shanahan said. “I’m extremely excited about that and we’re all happy, but it was extremely frustrating there at the end. I thought we had a chance to completely finish them and put it away.

“We’ll enjoy this the rest of the night, but when we come in tomorrow, we still have work to do and we still have a lot of ways we can improve.”

Jimmy Garoppolo becomes first 49ers QB to win Player of the Week since 2012


Jimmy Garoppolo becomes first 49ers QB to win Player of the Week since 2012

Jimmy Garoppolo, who was at the center of the 49ers’ emotional 48-46 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Garoppolo becomes the 49ers’ first NFC Offensive Player of the Week since Week 1 of the 2013 season when wide receiver Anquan Boldin won the award. He is the first 49ers quarterback to win since Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick both were honored during the 2012 season.

The 49ers have been recognized three times as winner of the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Nick Bosa won it twice (Weeks 5 and 8), and Fred Warner (Week 12) was honored for his game against Green Bay.

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In Week 14, Garoppolo completed 26 of 35 pass attempts for 349 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating was 131.7. He also picked up a key first down in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard scramble.

“Jimmy is a baller,” 49ers receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “You can look at him and see what kind of player he is. He works hard. When you’ve got somebody like Jimmy with the personality that he has, in the clutch moments he’s not going to fold because of all the hard work that he’s put in.”

The biggest play of the game came in the final minute of the fourth quarter, when Garoppolo completed a pass to tight end George Kittle on a fourth-and-2 situation to get the first down. Then, Kittle did the rest by himself, dragging defenders for a 39-yard gain. A facemask penalty put the 49ers in position for Robbie Gould’s game-winning 30-yard kick as time expired.

The 49ers lead the NFC West and own the top record in the NFC at 11-2.

Garoppolo is heating up for the 49ers at the right time. He has produced passer ratings of 110 or better in six of his past seven games. In the past seven games, Garoppolo completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 1,931 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions.

The Saints pressured Garoppolo on 34.2 percent of his dropbacks, the second-highest pressure rate he has faced this season, according to Zebra Technology, the official on-field tracking technology of the NFL. He completed six of eight passes for two touchdowns on passes of 10 yards or more in the air for a passer rating of 156.3.

It did not come easy, either. Garoppolo also threw into tight windows on 22.9 percent of his throws, according to Zebra, which is significantly higher than his season average of 15.5 percent of throws to receivers who are well-covered.

49ers place receiver Marquise Goodwin on season-ending injured reserve


49ers place receiver Marquise Goodwin on season-ending injured reserve

The 49ers placed wide receiver Marquise Goodwin on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and, possibly, his time with the organization.

Goodwin did not play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints after being listed as questionable with knee and foot issues.

“He’s dealing with some chronic stuff,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. “We’re evaluating treatment options right now.”

Goodwin, 29, appeared in nine games this season with six starts. He had just 12 catches for 186 yards and one touchdown.

The 49ers signed Goodwin on the first day of free agency in 2017. After four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Goodwin had a breakout season in his first season with the club. Goodwin posted career-best numbers with 56 catches for 962 yards and two touchdowns.

Goodwin appeared in 36 games with the 49ers over the past three seasons, catching 91 passes for 1,543 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Goodwin is signed through the 2021 season, but it appears unlikely the club will bring him back next season due to his contract, which has exceeded his production. He is scheduled to make $4.5 million in salary and bonuses. Goodwin has also stated his intention of trying to qualify for the Olympics next year in the long jump.

After winning the U.S. Olympic trials in 2012, Goodwin competed in the 2012 London Olympics. He placed 10th after heading into the final as the No. 1 qualifier. Injuries derailed his bid for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team that competed in Brazil.