Why 49ers' Kyle Shanahan doesn't blame Jimmy Garoppolo for interception

Why 49ers' Kyle Shanahan doesn't blame Jimmy Garoppolo for interception

Jimmy Garoppolo’s worst play Sunday in the 49ers’ 20-7 victory over the Los Angeles Rams was not met with any second-guessing from coach Kyle Shanahan.

Early in the second quarter of a 7-7 game, the 49ers had a third-and-goal situation from the Rams' 1-yard line. Garoppolo tossed a pass into the end zone, which Rams cornerback Marcus Peters intercepted.

The play was designed to go to 49ers tight end George Kittle, who lined up in the slot and was matched against Los Angeles strong safety John Johnson. But Kittle could not shake free from Johnson’s grasp.

On the same side, Garoppolo first looked toward wide receiver Deebo Samuel on a quick hitch. But when Samuel moved forward into the end zone, Rams cornerback Marcus Peters dropped off him and gained position for the leaping interception in front of Kittle.

Shanahan said the 49ers got the defense he was anticipating from the Rams to make that play call a success.

“Kittle couldn’t get away from the guy grabbing him,” Shanahan said. “He threw it up to Kittle, thought Kittle had him beat, but he just couldn’t get away from him grabbing him.

"Then, another guy who was guarding someone else came into it. I wasn’t too upset with Jimmy on that play. That was the call that I made and liked the look. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the call.”

It was the only pass all day that Garoppolo intended for Kittle that he did not catch. Kittle, who sustained a groin injury in practice on Friday, caught eight passes for 103 yards to surpass the entire Rams’ passing output on the day.

Shanahan admitted to some concern about Kittle’s availability. The 49ers listed him as “questionable” on their official injury report.

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“Usually when I ask Kittle if he’s hurting, he always tells me, ‘No,’ so when he was in a little bit of pain, (I) definitely had some concern,” Shanahan said. “It was legit. I think you could see that in the game when it started to bother him as the game went.

"But he was able to finish it for the most part, except for I think the last series. Hopefully, he will rest up -- we’ve got two days off -- and he will be good to go.”

Kittle played 65 of the 49ers' 78 offensive plays from scrimmage.

NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan to request trade from Browns


NFL rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan to request trade from Browns

Odell Beckham Jr.'s first season with the Cleveland Browns has been a rocky roller coaster, to say the least. But the star receiver reportedly hasn't given up hope quite yet. 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that the three-time Pro Bowl receiver doesn't plan to request a trade this offseason, despite multiple rumors that he wants to find another new home. 

Entering Sunday, Beckham, who turned 27 years old in November, has 59 receptions for 844 yards and only two touchdowns. He's averaging a career-low 64.9 receiving yards per game and his 4.5 receptions per game nearly are two fewer than his career-low. 

The 49ers pursued a trade for OBJ this past offseason, and Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Monday that Beckham coveted a move to the 49ers or Los Angeles Rams if he were to be traded by the New York Giants. 

[RELATED: Report: 49ers' Kittle in line to reset tight end contract market]

Beckham fits the bill as the perfect game-changing receiver the 49ers desperately want for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but it wouldn't be easy to acquire him. They first have to take care of their own situations with tight end George Kittle, as well as defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead

If Beckham doesn't request a trade, that makes the 49ers' slim chances of adding the star even smaller. 

49ers inactives: Richard Sherman, Dee Ford officially out vs. Falcons


49ers inactives: Richard Sherman, Dee Ford officially out vs. Falcons

There were no surprises on the 49ers' inactive list for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but San Francisco's tall task on defense is now official. 

Cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Jacquiski Tartt and edge rusher Dee Ford are among the players who will not play Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

Coach Kyle Shanahan ruled out each of the inactive defensive players Friday, so the 49ers are prepared for their absences against the Falcons. Still, Sherman, Tartt and Williams have each played on at least 62 percent of the defensive snaps, practically giving the 49ers' defensive backfield an entirely new look. 

[RELATED: Kittle reportedly in line to reset tight end contract market]

Here are the Falcons' inactives.

San Francisco can clinch a playoff spot without those aforementioned regulars by beating Atlanta on Sunday. It'll just have to look a bit different than the first 13 games of the season.