The 49ers Fall to 1-2, but bigger problems loom without Jimmy Garoppolo

49ers lose much more than a game in Kansas City

Tommy Call
September 23, 2018 - 8:31 pm

The 49ers record falls to 1-2 after losing to the Chiefs 38-27 , but no record, stat or really anything else seems to matter with what happened in the 4th quarter in Kansas City. When we think about this game, 49ers fan or not and regardless of the results, all anyone will remember is Jimmy Garoppolo getting carted off the field with what is reportedly feared as a potential season ending knee injury.

All the praise and all the hype seems to be on hold with number 10 likely headed to the injured reserve— a statement only dreamt up in the 49ers worst of nightmares.

In a game that seemed to be out of reach with the Chiefs up 38-24 late in the 4th quarter, Garoppolo scrambled on 3rd and goal, in a play that ended with Garoppolo in pain and Kansas City corner Steven Nelson standing over him.

Why was he running? Why didn’t he all go out of bounds? All poignant questions for a quarterback that was paid a hefty amount to lead the 49ers back to prominence. Garoppolo was doing what he’s been doing since he first started play sports— trying to win, trying to bring his team back, trying to pick up the extra yardage. Easy to criticize in hindsight, but it’s hard to fault a player for trying to spark some extra effort bringing his team back. But now the 49ers season that started full of hope could be close to over after only three weeks.

With so much season left, the 49ers have multiple question marks around their offense and defense outside of the Garoppolo injury. 49ers safety Adrian Colbert also left the game with a hip injury, leaving the 49ers with an injury riddled secondary with Jaquiski Tartt also missing this game with a shoulder injury. Kyle Shanahan will now be tasked with the toughest job in his young coaching career— somehow salvaging the 2018 season without Garoppolo.

The 49ers will now look to C.J. Beathard, the quarterback who went 1-5 with four touchdowns and six interceptions last season. Beathard’s biggest skill is his toughness, and he should at least have the ability to understand Shanahan’s offense. Garoppolo’s absence is bad and Beathard taking over might be scary, but the loss to Kansas City showed the 49ers offense might not be what we expected in the first place.

The Kansas City defense has given up over 1,000 yards of offense through their first two games, vs the 49ers they let up their season low of 406 yards.  Which seems like alot, but most of it was given up in the second half when the Chiefs were ahead by a substantial amount.

The 49ers looked like the dynamic offense we knew last season in the second half, when things were already out of hand, but their slow start hampered them. The 49ers managed only 10 points in the first half while Kansas City opened for 35.

Heading into Arrowhead Stadium there was speculation of how explosive Kansas City’s offense was, as they put up north of 35 points in each of their two games prior to playing the 49ers. So it wasn’t a surprise when they’re offense raced out for multiple touchdowns early. The key to winning this game was the 49ers offense that was praised so much over the offseason answering the bell to Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid— instead they disappeared, putting immense pressure on their defense. In the second half the 49ers offense began to look like offense Shanahan created, but by the second half it was far too late for the 49ers to keep pace with Chiefs.

Now the 49ers head to Los Angeles 1-2 to meet the Chargers high-powered offense, with what looks like Beathard under center. A scary, unanticipated future, that is a nightmare situation for the 49ers.

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