49ers observations: Trey Lance injured, Jimmy Garoppolo steps up in 27-7 win

49ers observations: Trey Lance injured, Jimmy Garoppolo steps up in 27-7 win

49ers observations: Trey Lance injured, Jimmy Garoppolo steps up in 27-7 win

This is why the 49ers re-signed veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The 49ers felt they would be able to win a lot of games this season with either Trey Lance or Garoppolo lining up at quarterback.

The thinking, of course, was that if something were to happen to Lance, 22, a first-year starter, the 49ers wouldn’t need to tear up their list of targets for the 2022 season.

On Sunday something happened to Lance.

Lance’s right lower leg was placed in a sling and he was carted off the field in the first quarter of the 49ers’ 27-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the team’s home opener at Levi’s Stadium.

Immediately after the game, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan announced that Lance suffered a broken ankle and will be out for the season on Monday.

This game has significant implications for the 49ers beyond what it means in the standings.

Here are the best takeaways from the 49ers’ win, which evened the team’s record at 1-1 after two games:

Worst fear with Lance

The 49ers traded up in the 2021 NFL Draft and invested the No. 3 overall pick in Lance because of his unique skill set, believing he would be able to make plays from the pocket as well as generate a lot of big yards with his athleticism and athleticism . running skills.

Of course, that also means Shanahan would put him at risk every time he called the quarterback’s number on a running play.

In the preseason, it was a big deal when Lance actually executed a slide at the end of a running play.

We all saw in Week 1 what happens when a quarterback slides. It is, of course, a cautious move. But in today’s NFL, there is also smart offense. The 49ers were called for two unnecessary roughness penalties on a late-sliding Justin Fields.

Perhaps Lance could have avoided the injury with a slide. Instead, the right leg jammed under 345-pound Seattle defensive tackle Brian Mone and linebacker Cody Barton.

Shanahan will be criticized for his use of Lance, and understandably so.

But Lance’s dual-threat abilities were why the 49ers were so high on him in the first place.

It’s all about Jimmy G – again

Garoppolo took a dramatic pay cut to remain with the 49ers because he felt the situation in Santa Clara gave him the best opportunity to rebuild his stock for the 2023 offseason.

Garoppolo is back as the 49ers’ starter for the foreseeable future after Lance suffered a long-term injury.

Oh, by the way, who the hell needs boot camp?

Not James Richard Garoppolo, that’s for sure.

Garoppolo came off the 49ers sideline cold after not batting an eye during training camp this summer.

Everyone thought he wouldn’t return to the 49ers this season until, well, he signed a new contract to keep him on a significant pay cut after the conclusion of the preseason.

The 49ers built a 20-0 lead into the second half, and Garoppolo played no small part in going 10 of 13 passing for 124 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown to tight end Ross Dwelley.

In the game, Garoppolo completed 13 of 21 pass attempts for 154 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Garoppolo clinched the game in the final two minutes with a 1-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak.

Everything about the defense too

The 49ers made a big play on special teams in the first half that led to the touchdown. Then special teams scored a touchdown in the third quarter on a blocked field goal.

So while the offense and special teams may come and go, the 49ers rely on DeMeco Ryan’s defense to consistently hold things together.

The 49ers generated a pair of big takeaways, including cornerback Charvarius Ward’s interception in the end zone on a DeeJay Dallas fumble attempt.

Safety Tashaun Gipson recorded an interception of Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith after Talanoa Hufanga deflected a pass intended for Tyler Lockett.

The 49ers defense clamped down on the Seattle offense from start to finish. The defense did not allow a point as the 49ers beat the Seahawks for just the fourth time in the last 21 meetings.

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Defensive end Nick Bosa recorded 1.5 sacks. He and rookie Drake Jackson combined for a sack on a third-and-12 play midway through the fourth quarter that effectively shut the door on any hope Seattle had of a comeback.

The 49ers held the Seahawks to just 216 total yards, including just 35 yards rushing (2.5-yard average). Seattle converted just two of seven third-down (29 percent) attempts.

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