49ers Continue to Shine

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Bay Area News Group

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 11: San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Ryan Barts and Caleb Nartey

An unexpected team has asserted dominance over the NFL this season. The San Francisco 49ers have taken this season by storm.

After finishing with a 4-12 record and 2nd to last in divisional play in the 2018 regular season the 49ers had to prove they could compete once again in the NFC West and the NFL. Now through 9 weeks of the regular season the 49ers sit at 8-1 and atop their division.
In previous seasons, the quarterback position has been a struggle for the niners until the signing of Jimmy Garoppolo. The 6th year player leads his team with 228 yards per game and completing 67.6% of his passes. This success has propelled the niners just enough offensively to be a team to beat. Other key contributions have come from tight end George Kittle, Wide Receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and Running Back Matt Breida. Between the four dynamic players, the 49ers have racked up 21 touchdowns on the season.

On the other side of the football the 49ers have been breathtaking. Allowing only 133.5 passing yards per game and only 10.7 points per game. Their defense has proven to swallow anything an opposing team has thrown their way. Large contributions have come from rookie defensive end Nick Bosa, veteran defensive back Richard Sherman, and linebacker Fred Warner. The 49ers defensive unit has accumulated 35 sacks on the season to lead the league.

The big question revolving around football is if San Francisco can finish the season out with the same fire they’ve been playing with all year. With seven games left to play, the 49ers look at a rough back end of their schedule still having to play the Seahawks, Saints, Ravens, and Rams. Will their success carry into the playoffs? Can the 49ers be considered a real threat to claim the Lombardi Trophy? Only time will tell what is in San Francisco’s imminent future.