Preseason can be hard to watch, and Thursday’s game was no exception.
After an opening drive field goal, the San Francisco 49ers didn’t score the rest of the game. As a matter of fact, they were downright atrocious.
Blaine Gabbert finished 3 for 11 for 20 yards with an interception and an overall QB rating of 1.7. Yes, 1.7.
Josh Johnson started the second half, made some plays with his arm (6 for 8 for 68 yards) and legs (two carries for 15 yards), then fumbled on the second best 49er drive of the game.
After Baltimore held the ball for almost nine full minutes to start the 4th quarter, McLeod Bethel-Thompson entered and finished off the final 49er drive of the game with an interception.
In total, Gabbert, Johnson and Bethel-Thompson combined to finish 12 for 27 for 109 yards, a fumble and two interceptions.
Rookie Carlos Hyde was impressive, finishing with 39 yards rushing on five carries, including a long of 19 yards.
Wide receiver David Reed tied rookie Bruce Ellington with three catches on the night. Reed, who is battling for the 5th wide receiver spot on the team, also saw the most targets on the night with four.
San Francisco was outgained by almost 200 yards (386-187), lost the time of possession battle by a ratio of two-to-one (39:37-20:23), and were just two for nine on third downs conversions.
The 49ers now have nine days to prepare for the Denver Broncos, a game in which the starting group should see much more playing time, as much as an entire quarter. Hopefully we’ll see, a much better product on offense.