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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

49ers halftime report: Dibo Samuel, Brandon Ayuk take 20-3 lead over Jaguarso

Forget about cross-country jet lag. The 49ers woke up cautiously in Jacksonville on Sunday and staked themselves for a 20-3 halftime lead over the Jaguars.

Here are some first-half takeaways as the 49ers (4-5) prepare to win for the third time in four games:

Deebo does it again

Deebo Samuel entered the game, needing only 21 yards, to become the first 49ers wide receiver since 2014 to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season. No one has come near him.

However, he touched the ball five times, and they were all runs, which were uncovered by a 25-yard touchdown carry to the left pylon for a 10–0 lead at 11:24 before halftime. Samuel split key blocks from Lecan Tomlinson and George Kittel on the way to his third rushing touchdown this season.

Samuel has a team-high 47 rushing yards so far, and starter Jeff Wilson Jr. has 39 yards on 14 carries. Samuel had only six carries (22 yards) in the first eight games. Then came Monday night’s masterpiece which included five carries for 36 yards.

His running skills were called off in part due to running back corpus injuries, from Raheem Mostart’s season ender in Part 1 to ailments that kept Eliza Mitchell (finger) and Jamaic Hesty (ankle) out of the game. .

opening drive ball hog

Well, a field goal wasn’t the sexiest result of a 20-play, 13-minute opening drive. But it led the 49ers to show up for a thumping possession. how tiring?

On Thursday, 49ers safety Jimmy Ward recounted what a 20-play, 11-minute touchdown drive would have done for the Los Angeles Rams in the 49ers’ 31-10 upset: “It really took a defense for the whole game.” It can hurt. It’s hard to get your feet back after being out for 11 minutes.”

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Once Trevor Lawrence and his offense were 3 more out in 1 1/2 minutes, the Jaguars’ defense was quickly back on the field. The 49ers’ ensuing, second series opened with Brandon Ayuk tackling and running an attempted tackle from 34 yards into Jaguars territory, closing the first quarter.

Officially, Sunday’s opening drive covers 13 minutes, 5 seconds — the NFL’s longest drive since 2000, according to Fox Sports.


Jimmy Garoppolo and Ayuk are a red-hot combination, and it paid off for a 17-0 lead with a third and goal touchdown pass from the 6-yard line.

Previously, Ayuk had a 13-yard welcome in the third and 12th games, so obviously, Garoppolo and the 49ers are relying more and more on him to emerge from the slump of the opening season.

Ayuk has caught all six of his goals for 78 yards. Garoppolo is 10-of-14 with a 122.6 passer rating for 124 yards – ready for his fourth straight game with a 100-plus rating.

By the way, Garoppolo’s touchdown pass came from the shotgun, where he’s flourished since the 49ers’ Halloween win in Chicago. Of Garoppolo’s 14 passes this game, he has shotgun snaps on half of them (6-of-7, 87 yards).

Juan Jennings influence

John Jennings, after resuming his rookie year, has come strong in place of injured No. 3 wide receiver Mohammad Shanu.

First, Jennings maintained the 49ers’ opening drive on the Jaguars’ 16-yard line by patting at Jeff Wilson Jr.’s fumble.

Then, in the middle of the second quarter, Jennings’ intensity knocked out Jaguar safety Rayson Jenkins. With the 49ers ready to settle for a field goal (after Josh Norman’s forced fumble recovery from Fred Warner), Jenkins feuded with Jennings, who lost his helmet and was then punched by Jenkins.

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