San Francisco 49ers: What worked, what didn’t from the offense in Week 1

Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 09: Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers catches the ball for a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The San Francisco 49ers couldn’t start the season off with a win, going down 24-16 against the Minnesota Vikings. There were promising signs but also a lot to work on for the Niners offense.

Well it wasn’t the Week 1 we all wanted, as the San Francisco 49ers fell to the Minnesota Vikings 24-16 at U.S. Bank Stadium to kick off their season with a 0-1 record.

Right, let’s get it out the way. Are we bummed the Niners didn’t win. Yes, of course. Should we panic, no. It was a very difficult opener and, to be honest, it could be a lot worse. After all, it was a one-score loss against one of the best teams in the NFC right now.

Trust the process.

So let’s look at the offense and what worked and what didn’t. Because being truthful, a lot did actually work on the offensive side of the ball. There were more than a few drives where San Francisco was able to move the ball effectively against what was the NFL’s best defense a year ago.

And if it weren’t for a number of self-inflicted wounds, the Niners may have pulled off an impressive upset win against a Vikings team many think could wind up in Super Bowl LIII once the season comes to a close.

Let’s jump into all of it by looking at San Francisco’s positive offensive takeaways, breaking down what worked for head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. last Sunday.