After a 2-0 road trip to start the season, the 49ers return home to Levi’s Stadium as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last weekend the Niners won their second road game in a row with a 41-17 beat down of the Bengals in Cincinnati. On Sunday the Niners will go for their first 3-0 start since 1998.
Last week San Francisco put up the fifth-most yards in franchise in franchise history. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 296 yards with three touchdowns, tying his career high, while showing signs of his 2017 form when he took the league by storm. With each game Garoppolo’s confidence seems to be growing, after missing almost all of last season with a knee injury. “Each game, you try to improve, keep getting better, each practice, same way. So I think it’s coming along, and there’s still things to clean up, stupid interception today, but a lot of positives came out of it,” Garoppolo said. This early success has been rare for a 49ers franchise who didn’t win their second game of the season until November last season and December the year before.
Tight end George Kittle had a productive afternoon, tallying 54 yards on three receptions. Even though the stats do not jump off the paper, Kittle is off to another solid start in 2019. Second year running back Jeff Wilson Jr. scored the first two touchdowns of his NFL career while helping the Niners put the game out of hand, early in the third quarter.
Unfortunately, everything was not perfect for the Niners last Sunday as the team lost Left Tackle Joe Staley for six to eight weeks with a broken leg. Given San Francisco’s lack of depth at the offensive line position, the Staley injury could cause some problems over the next two months.
Sunday’s opponent the Pittsburgh Steelers have had a crazy couple of days. Last weekend the team lost longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season with an elbow injury. Second year quarterback Mason Rudolph will be the starter this week as he looks to get the Steelers in the win column following an 0-2 start to the season. The team did make a splash in the trade market by trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick to insert some well needed skill into the secondary.
The two teams last met in September of 2015 in a game that the Steelers won 43-18. Tune into the 49ers home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday at 3:25 central on CBS.
Written By: Ryan Liedel
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