Williams finds silver lining from 49ers' loss to Cardinals


It didn't take long for Trent Williams to show 49ers fans he's still a star left tackle. 

Williams, 32, played in his first NFL game since Dec. 30, 2018 in his 49ers debut. And in Week 1, the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle made plays like this

But his first game with the 49ers ended in disappointment. San Francisco fell, 24-20, to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 at Levi's Stadium. Still, Williams sees a silver lining in the outcome. 

"Honestly, everything but third down," Williams said Wednesday when asked on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" what went right with the 49ers' offense. "We feel like we had our way with them. There was times where we could do whatever we wanted to do -- whether it was passing the ball, whether it was play action or running the ball. It was just a couple of mistakes and little things. Football's a game of inches and I think you could see that with the touchdown that didn't go our way on the goal line. 

"Just little things like that, the blocked punt. It's just overcoming the little things that don't usually happen. I think that's the silver lining for us is to know that we did run the ball, we did pretty much protect the quarterback how we were supposed to. Just clean up a couple small things and I think we're right on track where we're supposed to be."


The 49ers went just 2-for-11 on third downs, and definitely showed some rust for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations. There also is no doubt some of this had to do an odd offseason and training camp due to COVID-19 restrictions and no preseason games. Plus, the injury bug hit the 49ers hard, as they were down their top two receivers, Deebo Samuel and rookie Brandon Aiyuk. 

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Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked three times for 16 yards in the loss, and finished with 259 passing yards. The 49ers had 123 rushing yards as well. But the Cardinals outpaced them, 404 to 366, in total yards. 

Arizona is a much tougher opponent than the 49ers' next foe, the New York Jets, but San Francisco will have to step its game up this Sunday. As for Williams, the 49ers couldn't be happier to have the left tackle on their side.