Santa Clara – You see this sometimes when a boxer is killed hopelessly in a fight with no chance of winning.
There goes the mouthpiece – flying in the first row of seats after the latest left hook in the jaw.
The 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons from pillar to post for the better part of three hours on Sunday, a 31-13 win at Levi’s Stadium that summed up all the hopes of what happened in December and January.
The mouthpiece in the form of a projectile moment actually happened when Deebo Samuel caught a 21-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo. Samuel ends his boom with such violence, AJ Terrell’s mouthpiece flying past a happy 49ers bench and a good five yards in plain view of the fan base.
At first Samuel was unaware of what he had done.
“Until I saw the replays and everyone was going crazy,” Samuel said. “It’s the kind of game I’ve always played. To see your team excited, it gives you a little bit of confidence and a little bit of energy. Then you try and go out there and do it again because a lot of DBs Not wanting to be a part of this, I won’t lie to you.
Leaving behind Jeff Wilson, who led the 49ers with 110 yards on 21 carries, put it this way:
“Oh man, it’s definitely an energy boost. It’s like candy for a baby. Give me, give me, give me. I want some more of this.”
Samuel’s game came in the second quarter, and there was more to where it came from. When it was over, the Falcons trampled through the hallway, showing the wrath of someone in the visitor’s locker room who had lost the fight just once and lost it easily.
The game was never in doubt, and the physical beating was worse than the one on the scoreboard.
If it wasn’t Samuel’s game, Trent Williams fired the defenders for Kyle Juszkic to score on a 6-yard run. Or safety Jimmy Ward stabbing in a fourth and a game and fending off 220-pound Cordarell Patterson to no advantage with the Falcons in the 49ers field. Or George Kittel broke tackles for 53 yards on two receptions on the first scoring drive of 49 yards. Or Nick Bosa recovered with a sack and forced fumble by Fred Warner to set up a touchdown.
“I saw a lot of flexing there and it hyped me up today,” Juszyk said. “There’s definitely a trickle-down effect for everyone.”
Football coaches talk about winning one-on-one matches every week. One-on-one clashes were few and far between as the 49ers lost against Atlanta. It got so bad that Atalanta caught Bossa around the neck trying to stop Caleb McGarry with the right tackle. No flag was thrown, but it served as a symbol for the Falcons throwing in the towel in a game in which they were beaten to punch all afternoon.
May the Falcons rest well on their stool.
If you’re looking for a turning point for the time the 49ers turned it around, it was when they were 3-5, lost four out of five and hosted the Los Angeles Rams. In the days leading up to the game, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick was retrospective when he told me that the 49ers were going to come out and rams in the mouth. That was their calling card, and it was what the 49ers would come back to in times of trouble.
The 49ers physically defeated the Memes that night, and have since won five out of six and improved to 8-6 and put themselves in the wild card chase.
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“When we can be a more physical team, that’s what we aim for every week,” said coach Kyle Shanahan. “We have some guys who enjoy the physicality of the game whether they have the ball in their hands or they are stopping someone or hitting on the defence, and I think that is extremely important to be a good team. ”
Of course, given the nature of the game, it’s common sense, but that doesn’t mean that all teams are created equal in terms of their will. The 49ers and Falcons (6-8) were separated by only one game in terms of win-loss records, but were light-years ahead of each other in terms of bullying.
Kittel said tight end coach John Embry valued him delivering a blow as soon as possible whenever possible.
“When you have the chance to run through a guy’s face with the ball in your hands, it really shows what kind of guys you’re playing against. Deebo hit the guy very hard and got him It took a while to get up, Kittel said. “We’ve had a lot of plays like this today. We were even harder hitting players.”
Kittel, Samuel, Williams and Bossa may be the pace-setters when it comes to physical dominance, but they have plenty of company to block with enthusiasm and aggression of their wide receivers. Ward, Safety Jacquiewski Tart and Nickelback Ke’Vaughn Williams are both adept at stopping the receiver in his tracks.
That’s not to say that the 49ers can make their way to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. The problem of special teams remains. Whenever Bossa leaves the field—he leaves briefly with a head injury but is cleared for return—the 49ers immediately settle in the middle as an extra split for the quarterback to operate. get second.
But when you consider what football is all about, winning the weekly Tough-Man contest is a pretty cool feature.
“It starts with the O-line. They set the tone, but people were hitting today,” Garoppolo said. “You could feel it even from defense. This is the style of football that we play. And when people try to do that to us, that’s what we want. ,
The tough guy personality will be put to the test soon, as the 49ers travel to Nashville to visit the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. The Titans (9-5) pride themselves on physicality, even without injuring Derrick Henry.
Based on the way the 49ers played against Atlanta, they have got a chance to puncture against anyone.