49ers observations jimmy garoppolo struggles in 20-17 loss to titans

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    • nashville, tennessee. — Jimmy Garoppolo was playing as well as any quarterback in the league during the second half of the season.

      his play was one of the main reasons the 49ers were among the best teams in the nfl.

      Reading: 49ers observations jimmy garoppolo struggles in 20-17 loss to titans

      On Thursday night, his performance was a major reason for the team’s 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

      garoppolo threw two interceptions and made several other costly game errors that opened the door for the titans to rally from a 10-point halftime deficit.

      garoppolo finished 25-of-34 for 306 yards with a touchdown along with his two interceptions, but his costly mistakes were too much to overcome.

      The 49ers ran down the field to open the game with a 75-yard touchdown.

      On their next possession, they looked poised to take a two-touchdown lead, but Garoppolo threw an interception in the end zone.

      on the next drive, garoppolo in bad faith defeated a wide open kyle juszczyk who could/should have gone for a 40 yard touchdown. the 49ers ended up kicking a field goal to end that series.

      At the end of the half, coach Kyle Shanahan decided to time out his own 30 instead of risking a fumble trying to get into field goal position.

      what shanahan wanted to avoid at the end of the second quarter happened at the beginning of the third quarter. garoppolo did not see a defender when he was trying to pass the ball to deebo samuel. that resulted in his second interception of the game.

      The Titans took advantage of that shortstop to score the game-tying touchdown and continue their momentum to a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.

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      With just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Garoppolo led the 49ers on a 95-yard drive to tie the game at 17, connecting with Brandon Aiyuk for a game-tying touchdown.

      But the Titans came back and won the game on a 44-yard field goal by Randy Bulluck with four seconds remaining.

      Here are three takeaways from the 49ers’ Week 16 game against the Titans:

      do not deliver the coup de grâce

      The 49ers took control early, but couldn’t deliver the early knockout blow as Garoppolo gave the Titans too many chances.

      The 49ers seemed in control in the first half, but it took less than eight minutes of the third quarter for the Titans to tie it.

      Leading 7-0 in the first quarter, the 49ers drove from their own 20-yard line to the Tennessee 8-yard line.

      On a second play and goal, Garoppolo tried to pass his pass to tight end George Kittle, who was covered by Titans cornerback Jackrabbit Jenkins, a 10-year pro formerly known as Janoris Jenkins.

      jenkins made the interception in the end zone to thwart the 49ers chance to go up by two touchdowns.

      the 49ers extended their lead to 10-0 on their next few possessions on robbie gould’s 48-yard field goal.

      garoppolo’s second interception of the game, this one by safety amani hooker on a pass intended for deebo samuel, gave the titans shortstop. Tennessee drove in 18 yards in four plays for the tying touchdown.

      49ers pass defense conundrum

      It’s about time we faced the fact that the 49ers’ pass defense could be one of the team’s strengths. or is it one of the weaknesses?

      The 49ers don’t have the two starting cornerbacks they did to start the season, so they’ve had to make do with josh norman and, in recent games, rookie ambry thomas.

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      The first half was a showpiece for the 49ers, though Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 10 of 13 pass attempts. those 10 completions totaled just 40 yards. Tennessee had just 32 net passing yards after accounting for the sack of Samson Ebukam.

      49ers pass rush seemed to intimidate tennessee offensive coordinator todd downing into shooting short or not shooting on third down.

      The titans first drive of the game ended when jeremy mcnichols had no yards on a third-and-15 run play. On his final possession of the first half, a pass from Tannehill to A.J. brown was completed for no gain on third and 20 moves.

      The 49ers entered the game with the seventh-ranked passing defense in the league, allowing only 213.2 yards per game. Thomas held on in the first half, as he prevented a touchdown by breaking up a deep pass intended for Brown.

      but all that changed in the third quarter, when tannehill and the titans offense carved up the 49ers defense. Tannehill found Brown for a 42-yard gain against Thomas on a third-and-23 play.

      And the Titans took a 17-10 lead on Tannehill’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Brown against Norman.

      tannehill finished the night completing 22 of 29 attempts for 209 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. he was especially effective on third downs.

      the end result. . .

      At this point in the season, every game matters more in the playoffs.

      the difference between winning and losing for the 49ers on Thursday night represented a 25 percentage point change in their chances of making the playoffs, according to fivethirtyeight.

      the 49ers entered the week 16 games list at no. 6th place in the NFC playoffs. the rams of the angels have the no. 5 place with a record of 10-4. the rams play at the minnesota vikings on sunday.

      The 49ers knew going into the game that a win over the Titans would have given them a 95 percent chance of earning a postseason berth, while a loss would have dropped them to 70 percent.

      The 49ers wrap up the season at home in Week 17 against the Houston Texans, then on the road against the Rams on Sunday, January 1. 9.

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