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Jarrod Villorente 49ers Blog | Definitely a tough one to swallow this week.

Posted September 28, 2015 by in

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by: Jarrod Villorente

Definitely a tough one to swallow this week.

After a (somewhat) positive second-half of last Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh, it was expected that the Niners would play a much better game. Maybe not a win against the 2-0 Cards, but a good fight, and not another blowout, was at least expected.

An interception returned for a touchdown on Kaepernick’s first pass attempt of the game was not expected. Neither were the other 3 interceptions thrown by Kaep.

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However, I’ll try to run through some positives for this game.

If Jarryd Hayne can’t do anything else, he can return kicks and punts. In fact, the highlight of the whole game was Hayne’s 37-yard punt return at the end of the 2nd quarter, which set up SF’s only touchdown of the game (a 12-yard run by Kaepernick).

Hopefully the Hayne Train’s role in the kicking and punt-return game will expand within the next few weeks. If anything, it would help San Francisco’s starting field position, which could possibly make it easier for the offense to score.

Congratulations to Anquan Boldin also as he reeled in his 952nd career reception against his former team. Boldin has now passed Andre Reed for 13th place on the all-time receptions list. Only 48 more to 1000 (and then 500 more to pass Jerry Rice!).

Again, there were very few bright spots in this game. It’s a reach to say with all the talent they lost during the offseason, but the offensive line needs to find a way to improve and the defense needs to find a way to make the opposing team’s QB a little uncomfortable. Big Ben last week, and this week Carson Palmer, both carved up the Niners secondary. It’s an effect of a pass-rush that can’t seem to get any pressure on the quarterback. It’s a hole that needs to be addressed somehow this season and definitely next offseason.

Even without Jordy Nelson, things won’t get easier next week as Aaron Rodgers comes to town. It feels like Kaepernick has had his better games against the Pack. Hopefully by returning home to Levi’s Stadium the Niners can put up more of a challenge.

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