49ers studs and duds from difficult Week 10 victory vs. Chargers

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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The San Francisco 49ers pulled themselves to a winning record against the Los Angeles Chargers, but they certainly did it the hard way. 

The San Francisco 49ers took the first step in a second-half resurgence to the year with a rather difficult 22-16 victory over an injury-riddled Los Angeles Chargers, where the defense was able to put the clamps down immediately on a last-ditch Chargers drive.

Despite going into halftime with a 16-10 deficit, the Niners managed to quiet a Chargers offense that was threatening to break the game wide open after impressing during the first half. EDGE Nick Bosa put his stamp on the game and terrorized Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert throughout, and the rushed throws were child’s play for San Francisco to handle.

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On the offensive side, the running game finally opened up the way that the 49ers (and everybody else) envisioned coming into the game, while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a very solid game throughout with a lot of key throws (not quite worthy of “stud” status, but very good nonetheless).

Eventually, the Niners were finally able to run down the Chargers by literally running the Chargers down, taking advance of the visitors’ poor run defense to control the clock.

San Francisco couldn’t quite put the game out of reach, though, and it had to give the fans one last scare when the Chargers got the ball back for one more drive. A scary beat looked possible.

But it didn’t last long, as pressure forced Herbert into a bad throw and breakout safety Talanoa Hufanga gratefully clutched the interception. The nervous feelings didn’t last for long, and the 49ers kneeled to finally put the game away.

This is not the best game the Niners played this year, but the team at least showed good resilience from a slow start to get the important win. San Francisco needs to string some wins together, and this will hopefully be the first of many.

So, with the game summary out of the way, let’s look at the studs and duds for the game.