No. 2: 49ers Wide Receiver Deebo Samuel
He might have had two drops early. But wide receiver Deebo Samuel needs to be a key X-factor towards ensuring any kind of offensive success the 49ers will have.
After those two drops, Samuel was that X-factor. And then some.
Samuel, who entered the game with 648 receiving yards over six games played, fourth most in the NFL before Week 8, added another 171 yards on six catches, bringing his total on the season to 819 yards, which just so happened to break a franchise record for most receiving yards by a player over his first seven games in a season.
Previously held by the Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice.
Two bomb plays led to this, kickstarting with a 50-yard deep reception just before halftime that led to a Niners field goal. The bigger play, though, was an 83-yard catch-and-run play on a screen pass that was initially designed just to get some yardage back on 3rd-and-long:
Samuel missed scoring a touchdown by mere yards and was ultimately ruled out of bounds just short of the goal line.
But as far as him being able to make a massive impact, Samuel’s output was more than enough needed.