QB J.T. O’Sullivan led the 49ers to a 34-6 victory over the Packers on Saturday going 8-17, 154 yards, one touchdown and one interception. O’Sullivan did what I wanted him to do which was impress me. More importantly Mike Nolan and company were impressed as well. But not enough to officially him the starter as they said no decision has been made.
I attended the game at Candlestick and the 49er Faithfull let O’Sullivan hear every mistake as they showered him with boo’s before delighting the Faithfull in the second quarter with two scoring drives. Before that O’Sullivan was playing as he did last week against the Raiders, lost. He threw a pass over the middle to RB DeShaun Foster that should not have been thrown as Packers CB Pat Lee was eady to unload a huge hit on Foster. I was up in the nose bleed seats and after the play I thought why he would throw a pass to a receiver over the middle like that? Foster was sent to the sidlines after the hit. O’Sullivan made a rookie mistake by calling two timeouts in a row which is when the 49er Faithfull let him have it with boo’s. Either determined to show the Faithfull he is not a rookie or to get Nolan and Mike Martz to stop yelling at him, he made up for the bone head mistake. O’Sullivan connected with WR Jason Hill for 27 yards and WR Josh Morgan for 22 yards which lead to a one yard rushing TD for Foster.
The next drive was the most impressive with O’Sullivan connecting with Morgan on a 57-yard touchdown pass. Morgan finished the game with five catches for 114 yards. As WR Bryant Johnson sits out with an injury, Morgan is building case for him to be the in the starting lineup opposite Isaac Bruce for the season opener. Morgan has been the most impressive player during the preseason and he might give the 49ers offeense the desperate scoring threat they need.
The 49ers D was equally impressive, but when your offense scores on more than one drive in a game the D will be overshadowed. DL Ray McDonald had 1.5 sacks against the Packers first unit. Fellow DL Tully Banta-Cain added two sacks of third-string Packer quarterback Matt Flynn in the fourth quarter. The D finished the game with six sacks. The D will be the heart and soul of the team and they already look to be in regular season form. It is great to see what happens when your team’s offense stays on the field for long drives (and scores!) allowing the D to regroup to stop opponent. The 49ers D suffered last year as the offense seemed to go three and out on every possession.
The Special Teams unit was overshadowed by the offense and the D. The 49ers downed a punt at the Packers 2 yard line and CB/Return Man Allen Rossum ran a punt back for 67 yards for a touchdown.
The 49ers looked to have corrected the major mistakes that plagued them against the Raiders. Most importantly there were no injuries suffered by the Niner’s at the end of the game.
Not to be Forgotten:
5-12, 62 yards.
Led the second unit to ten points.
2-5, 21 yards.
Led the third unit to a field goal.