SF 49ers vs. NY Giants: 3 most impressive performances
By Peter Panacy
No. 3: Running Back Jeff Wilson Jr.
It’s amazing to think San Francisco was without its top two running backs, Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert, who are dealing with knee injuries.
And it’s even more amazing the SF 49ers were still able to keep their rushing attack going despite losing fellow runner Jerick McKinnon to a minor injury in the second half.
Yet that opened up the door for No. 4 running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to have a dominant performance.
Granted, the vast majority of Wilson’s 69 total yards from scrimmage came when the Niners were well ahead and the game wasn’t exactly in doubt. New York did a good job containing San Francisco’s rushing game, too, limiting the 49ers to just 2.7 yards per carry overall.
So Wilson’s 15 rush yards on 12 attempts don’t seem to impressive. But he did score twice, including a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to round out the Niners scoring.
But his 19-yard catch-and-run touchdown reception is what was most impressive:
Don’t overlook that impressive open-field block by center Ben Garland either. That sure helped.
Wilson being the only player to find the end zone twice in the game puts him on this list of top performers.