The 49ers’ flaws were highlighted by the Raiders in the overtime win – and Nick Bosa is grateful -.

The 49ers’ flaws were highlighted by the Raiders in the overtime win – and Nick Bosa is grateful -.
The 49ers’ flaws were highlighted by the Raiders in the overtime win – and Nick Bosa is grateful -.

The 49ers won a game in playoff atmosphere, they’re in line for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, and they could even win the seed — and a bye — if they win the Finals. next week and the Eagles lose theirs.

And yet their 37-34 overtime win over the Raiders also exposed flaws, particularly on defense, that playoff opponents are sure to study and seize on later this month. Prior to the game, the only team that had ripped off the 49ers this season was the Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs, who gained 529 yards in a Week 7 blowout. The Raiders came close to that mark — 500 yards — behind a backup quarterback, Jarrett Stidham, making his first NFL start.

“Stidham can throw — he’s got a big arm and can throw all those throws,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game. “I thought we let him get a little too comfortable there, especially in the first half. (We) didn’t hit him much and let him move the chains with his legs. And that put them in a pretty good rhythm.


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Where were the team’s weak points on Sunday? Here are five, starting with the biggest.

1. Deommodore Lenoir, cornerback

When the 49ers faced the Seahawks in Week 15, they had their top cornerback, Charvarius Ward, Seattle’s top shadow weapon, wide receiver DK Metcalf, everywhere he lined up. They didn’t go through with this plan with Davante Adams, which resulted in Adams going up against Deommodore Lenoir throughout the contest. That included a late 45-yard sideline reception that set up the Raiders’ touchdown that sent the game into overtime.

Lenoir had a good position on the game and it was a terrific hold on a low ball from Adams. But Lenoir was also in cover on a 27-yard gain by Adams – who finished with 153 receiving yards and two touchdowns – in the first quarter and on a big catch by tight end Foster Moreau in the fourth quarter. Lenoir was also flagged for holding and struggled to gain an advantage on some early runs from Josh Jacobs, although he was better at it in the second half.

2. The Short Quarterback

The Raiders were the first team to rush for more than 100 yards against San Francisco since the Chiefs, and Stidham gained 34 of their 135 rushing yards. Quarterback runs have been a constant problem for the 49ers over the years, with their aggressive pass rush creating wide running lanes for quarterbacks when the pass rush doesn’t hit home.

Against Stidham, those lanes were wider than normal, especially in the first half. Stidham also made the 49ers pay with his arm when the defensive line failed to circle him. The 49ers recorded no sacks.

“The pathways we gave him – anyone could have walked through them,” Nick Bosa said. “Tom Brady could have walked through them. This is one of the things that a D-line, even a dominant D-line, cannot have. Good quarterbacks are going to come out of the pocket and create (plays) on the field. And that disadvantages our background.

Potential playoff opponents for the 49ers include the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles, all of which have mobile quarterbacks. New York’s Daniel Jones, for example, led his team with 49 rushing yards when the Giants and 49ers played in 2020. The Eagles’ Jalen Hurts, meanwhile, had 82 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown against San Francisco in week 2 last year.

3. Back-end errors

Some eyebrows were raised when Talanoa Hufanga was voted into the Pro Bowl last month. Yes, he’s leading the NFL’s best defense in the takeaways and it looks like he’ll be a high school mainstay for years to come.

But he also made mistakes in the coverage any young and aggressive safety will make, including in Sunday’s opener when he bit on a fake Raiders play and had to catch up on the touchdown. from 24 yards from tight end Darren Waller. Hufanga also made mistakes against the Dolphins and the Commanders, and his inexperience promises to be something future opponents will look to exploit.

To his credit, Hufanga wasn’t fooled by a similar fake goal-line action play in the Raiders’ ensuing practice, and Las Vegas had to settle for a field goal. 20 yards.

4. Wrong tackle

As noted above, Lenoir struggled at first to bring down Jacobs on the perimeter while Fred Warner felt so much trying to bring down Hunter Renfrow that he reached out and snagged the catcher’s face mask, giving the Raiders a 15-yard offense and new life. on a stalled third-quarter drive. They scored on a 60-yard throw to Adams two plays later.

As strong as they have been overall, Hufanga and Warner have had plenty of missed tackles this season. Hufanga leads the team with 16, per Pro Football Focus, followed by Warner with 13.

5. Brock Purdy

This ranks last on the list because Brock Purdy had another promising outing and did so under the toughest circumstances since becoming the starter. Still, he missed George Kittle in midfield early in the game and appeared to do the same with another tight end, Tyler Kroft, along the goal line during a late practice the 49ers had to scramble on. settle for a field goal. .

His third-quarter interception, just his third since taking over from Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 13, also missed Kittle. The 49ers were on a roll at the time and Shanahan called it a bread-and-butter game, in which the quarterback comes out of the pocket one way and a wide receiver goes free deep to the other side. It’s the play Trey Lance successfully made with Trent Sherfield for an 80-yard touchdown in Lance’s 2021 preseason debut.

On Sunday, however, Purdy saw Kittle open up but let the ball go so short that Raiders cornerback Amik Robertson caught it and made the interception.

“When I threw it to George I thought there was nobody else there and all I had to do was give him a ball to catch and he’d have a big win,” said Purdy. “But the corner came a bit late and I didn’t put enough into it to get it out. I just have to direct it, and that’s something I have to watch and learn.”

Of course, Purdy then led the 49ers on three straight drives and set the team up for a potentially game-winning field goal — missed, wide right, by Robbie Gould — as regulation expired.

And although the defensive line didn’t register a sack on Stidham, it did force two interceptions, one early in the fourth quarter when Kerry Hyder Jr. deflected a pass that Drake Jackson grabbed and one in overtime when Bosa pushed the left tackle Kolton Miller in the quarterback as he threw, resulting in a floating pass that was intercepted by safety Tashaun Gipson Sr.

After the game, Bosa saw something positive in the defense’s second-worst performance of the season: it will force this unit to work through their problems, perhaps in the same way they did after the loss to the Chiefs.

“I think we needed that as a defense,” Bosa said. “They’re a very good team, the best ball carrier I’ve played against in my career, there’s no doubt about it. This guy is a beast. … The NFL will humiliate you 100% of the time.

(Photo: John Locher/Associated Press)

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