The San Francisco 49ers marched into Cincinnati and trounced the Bengals 41-17. Niner Noise takes a look at how the team fared during the contest, dishing out grades for each unit after Week 2.
The San Francisco 49ers followed up their Week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an absolute thrashing of the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2, pushing the Niners record to 2-0 on the young season after the 41-17 road victory.
After a first quarter, which looked like it might lead to a back-and-forth contest between the two teams, the 49ers took over in the second quarter, building a 24-10 halftime lead. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led the first-half charge with two touchdown passes, and running back Jeff Wilson, newly promoted from the practice squad, added a second-quarter touchdown run.
The Niners really poured it on in the second half, as Garoppolo added another touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel, capping a seven-play, 75-yard drive to open the second half.
After a second Robbie Gould field goal, where the 49ers marched down the field on the strength of their running game, led by running back Matt Breida and his 12 carries for 121 yards, Wilson added a second touchdown to his game, and the rout was on.
From there, the Niners defense kicked into high gear, pinning its ears back and getting after Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, as his injury-laden offensive line gave up four sacks and an additional six quarterback hits.
According to NFL NextGen Stats, the 49ers pass rush was fueled by defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, defensive ends Arik Armstead and Ronald Blair, as well as defensive tackle Solomon Thomas, who showed up a lot more than the opening week in Tampa.
The 49ers secondary did surrender 311 yards through the air, although much of it, including a 66-yard garbage time touchdown to wide receiver John Ross, came after the game was far out of reach.
On the plus side, the rushing defense was an immovable object, as the San Francisco surrendered just 25 yards on 19 carries, an average of just 1.3 yards per carry. On offense, the discrepancy was stark, as the Niners ended the game with 259 yards on the ground, a 6.2 average and over 570 yards of total offense.
There was a lot of good for the 49ers on both sides of the ball, so let’s take a look at grades for each of the units for Sunday’s game.