San Francisco’s defense entered the week without linebacker Reuben Foster (ribs) and EDGEs Arik Armstead (hand) and Aaron Lynch (calf). And the defense suffered even more injuries over the course of the game, losing safety Jimmie Ward to a broken arm didn’t help either.
Yet the Niners’ patchwork defense did manage to hold off a dangerous Eagles offense for the better part of two quarters to open up the game.
In total, Philadelphia managed to net just 304 all-purpose yards of offense. Considering the final score, this number should have been much, much worse for San Francisco.
San Francisco 49ers
Leger Douzable and the 49ers D-Line
Despite being on the roster for less than two weeks, defensive lineman Leger Douzable had a solid impact for San Francisco during this contest.
The 31-year-old veteran registered five tackles and two of the Niners’ three sacks on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
Nose tackle Earl Mitchell recorded the other 49ers sack during the contest, and it was good to see San Francisco’s interior pass rush working a bit. Lack of EDGE pressure is still a cause for concern, though, which forced defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to dial up more blitzes.
Running Back Matt Breida
While his efforts on the ground weren’t exactly eye-popping, rookie tailback Matt Breida put forth a solid enough game to be included on the good list.
Breida averaged just 3.4 yards per carry on only five rushes. But considering No. 1 running back Carlos Hyde averaged 2.1 yards per attempt on 12 carries against the league’s top run defense, Breida’s impact stands out a bit more.
Additionally, it was nice to see Breida make an impact in the receiving game, including this 21-yard touchdown reception — San Francisco’s only end-zone score and Breida’s first of his NFL career: