The San Francisco 49ers didn't start their preseason they way they had hoped last night against the Saints, but there were some bright spots to take away from the 24-3 loss. One of the standouts during the game for the Niners was wide receiver Kyle Williams, while some of the the other WR's certainly were working out some growing pains still.
Williams led all San Francisco receivers with two catches for 34 yards, with on of those receptions for 25 yards. Those numbers don' sound outstanding by any means (eve in a preseason game), but considering the sputtering nature of their offense last night these numbers were a bit of s silver lining. With Mike Crabtree sidelined with a fot injury and Braylon Edwards still learning his way around the Niners offense, guys like Kyle Williams and Josh Morgan (DNP last night) are going to have to step up and help Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith get comfortable.
One WR the really struggled last night was rookie Ronald Johnson. He caught zero passes for zero yards although he was targeted seven times. Kaep and Smith didn't shine at the QB postion either, but Johnson has got to haul in some balls if he is getting targeted that much. Johnson did return two punts for 27 yards, a place where he might have the most impact on the team this season.
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The San Francisco 49ers dropped their first preseason game against the New Orleans game 24-3 on Friday night. The 49ers had trouble moving the ball and couldn't find the end zone while the Saints recorded three scores.
Both offenses struggled in the first quarter as the two teams mustered just one first down each. The Saints, however, did manage to hit a field goal to open up a 3-0 lead by the end of the quarter.
The Saints came alive in the second quarter by putting up two touchdowns (one on Joseph Morgan's 78-yard punt return and another on a 14-yard run by Mark Ingram). The 49ers responded in the final seconds of the half with David Akers' 59-yard field goal. Unfortunately, the field goal would be the 49ers' only points of the night. While the second half also saw very little offense, the Saints scored once more in the fourth quarter as Chris Taylor punched in a 4-yard run.
Neither 49ers quarterback had a very good day as Alex Smith threw for only ten yards (2-for-7) and Colin Kaepernick recorded two interceptions on his way to 117 passing yards (9-for-17). Kaepernick did have an impressive 28-yard scramble at the end of the first half to set up Akers' field goal, and over the course of the game he recorded 47 yards on six rushing attempts.
Overall, this is a game that the 49ers would like to forget. The team had only 263 yards of total offense (127 yards passing and 136 yards receiving). With their first preseason game in the books, the 49ers will look to rebound against the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 20th.
The San Francisco 49ers' offense has still been held out of the end zone through three quarters and the third and fourth units are now into the game. It has not been a good night for the Niners and they have a lot to improve on.
Colin Kaepernick came back onto the field to start the fourth quarter and has played decently tonight despite not having any time to throw the football. He is 7-for-16 for 88 yards, though he did throw an interception in the third quarter. He is also the team's leader on the ground, rushing the ball three times for 36 yards.
The Saints scored their second touchdown on a 12-yard run from rookie Mark Ingram. He has 23 yards on six carries and has looked solid in his debut. Chase Daniel has taken the majority of the snaps for New Orleans and the former star quarterback from Mizzou is 11-for-19 with 116 yards and a QB rating of 75.8.
The New Orleans Saints have a 10-0 lead over the San Francisco 49ers as play continues in the first preseason game of the year.
Alex Smith was not sharp and ended up going 2-for-7 for just ten yards. He was sacked twice and the Saints defensive line was getting pressure on the quarterback at will. Colin Kaepernick is now in the game has completed one of two passes for 20 yards. He has also been sacked twice now and fumbled, though San Francisco was able to recover the ball.
The Saints first touchdown came on a 78-yard punt return that Joseph Morgan took to the end zone. The San Francisco defense -- well, the first unit anyway -- has played well tonight, allowing just 113 total yards of offense in nearly two quarters of play.
Expect to see even more of the second and third-string players to take the field in the second half. It will give a good chance for Coach Harbaugh to evaluate some of his younger players fighting for playing time.