The San Francisco 49ers blew out the New York Giants with their backups in Week 3.
The San Francisco 49ers cruised to their second victory of the season defeating the New York Giants by a final score of 36-9 to improve to 2-1.
For the second consecutive week, the 49ers blew out a New York team on the road at MetLife Stadium. And for the second consecutive week, they did so primarily with the help of their backups.
It’s impractical to list the full array of players the 49ers were without in this game. But some of the more notable were the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Dre Greenlaw, and Dee Ford among many others.
The 49ers had no reason looking as good as they did on Sunday. But yet, that’s exactly what happened.
San Francisco dominated play on both sides of the ball with their offense moving the ball against the woeful Giants’ defense with ease. In their defense, it’s not like they were given much help from their offense.
The 49ers stymied Daniel Jones and the Giants’ offense despite their many injuries. Already without Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon, the team lost Emmanuel Moseley to a concussion in the first half.
That left the likes of Jason Verrett and Dontae Johnson as the 49ers’ starting outside cornerbacks. Despite this, Jones finished with under 200 yards passing while no Giants receiver accumulated more than 53 yards in the air.
The 49ers’ offense impressed just as much as their defense.
Meanwhile, Nick Mullens looked excellent in place of Garoppolo completing 25-of-36 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown. Garoppolo might be back next week, but Mullens more than proved he could handle his own.
Rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk had his breakout game scoring his first career touchdown on a 19-yard end-around. The Arizona State product came alive in the second half after a slow first half finishing with a team-leading five catches for 70 yards to go along with his rushing score.
On defense, Fred Warner‘s interception and two fumble recoveries were the highlights of the day with Warner’s turnover the most impressive.
The Niners will return home to take on the Philadelphia Eagles next week, another team that has been ravaged by injuries.
And for a 49ers team that has had a long stay away on the east coast, it sure will feel good to return back to Santa Clara.