49ers vs. Eagles Highlights, Final Score: Garoppolo repays Shanahan’s faith

Check out the highlights and scores from the 49ers vs. Eagles matchup as San Francisco progressed to 2-0 with victory over Philadelphia.

The San Francisco 49ers played their second straight road game to open the 2021 NFL season, this time vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. With Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers team sitting at 3-7 against the NFC East entering the game, the 49ers needed to change those numbers to start 2-0. Let’s check out the highlights and final score from the 49ers vs. Eagles matchup in Philadelphia.

Observations from the 49ers vs. Eagles game

What was the score and highlights from the 49ers vs. Eagles matchup in Lincoln Financial Field in Week 2?

49ers vs. Eagles Final Score

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
49ers 0 7 0 10 17
Eagles 3 0 0 8 11

 

The 49ers finally turn it on just before the half

The 49ers started this game looking extremely sloppy on offense. In their first three drives, they combined for 14 yards on 9 plays (with 3 punts). They showed signs of life on their fourth drive, with an 11-play, 50-yard drive that was derailed by a 15-yard penalty on WR Mohamed Sanu.

With 4:20 left in the first half, the 49ers were backed up on their 3-yard line with little in terms of offense to their name. At that point, they kicked into high gear. Garoppolo led them down the field for 97 yards on 12 plays, with 6 first downs. On that one drive alone, the 49ers had more yards than the other four drives combined.

The reversal in fortunes leading into the half was stark. Just moments before, the Eagles had failed to punch in an opportunity at San Francisco’s 3-yard line, going for it and failing on fourth down. A 7-3 lead versus a 3-0 deficit may not seem like a lot, but history indicates it could be. Under Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers are 25-7 when leading at the half, compared to 7-30 when not leading at the half.

Garoppolo provides the spark to get the 49ers rolling

The 49ers’ offense was offering nothing throughout the first half in this game vs. the Eagles. Elijah Mitchell had just 8 yards on 7 rushing attempts at the half. The passing game was not clicking either, but the 49ers stuck with Garoppolo and he repaid their faith.

Garoppolo carried the ball twice for 11 yards on the final drive of the first half, one of which converted a 3rd-and-1 situation. He also went 7/7 on the drive for 77 yards and a touchdown. With rookie QB Trey Lance looming, being able to produce big drives at key times is crucial if Garoppolo is to keep his job as the starting QB.

He then followed that up in the second half with another impressive drive. The 49ers drove 85 yards on 16 plays for a touchdown. Garoppolo capped the 9-minute drive with a 1-yard touchdown, his first in two years. He also made a crucial third-down conversion with his legs during the drive.

Eagles’ offense is not afraid to chase the big play vs. 49ers secondary

The Eagles put a marker down early that they were going to try and go deep against this 49ers’ defense. Their fourth play of the game saw Jalen Hurts going deep down the middle to DeVonta Smith. The play fell incomplete but the intent was clear and was something that would continue through the game.

Hurts would go deep again to Smith on the field-goal drive, albeit incomplete again. He finally connected with Quez Watkins for 26 yards, before immediately attempting to go deep to Jalen Reagor in the end zone. Reagor pulled the ball in for the touchdown, only for the replay to reveal he had stepped out.

The highlight play of the first half came with the Eagles backed up on their own 3-yard line. Hurts once again went deep to Quez Watkins, who nearly went all the way. He was chased down by Deommodore Lenoir, who saved the touchdown. That 91-yard completion tied for the Eagles’ second-longest play in franchise history.

Eagles struggle to turn opportunities into points

For the majority of the first half, the Eagles were dominating this game. Until the 49ers’ first drive, they had outgained the 49ers in yardage 210 to 64. However, they had failed to turn those opportunities into any more than 3 points.

First, Reagor stepped out of bounds, then Elliott had his 47-yard FG attempt blocked. Then following the 91-yard play by Watkins, the Eagles failed to convert on a third down. That failure left the 49ers the time on the clock to march down the field and lead 7-3 at the half.

Brandon Graham’s departure appears to free up the 49ers’ offense

Brandon Graham was carted off the field at the beginning of the 49ers’ final drive of the first half. From that moment on, the 49ers’ offense appeared to have much more freedom. In the four drives before his injury, the 49ers had 64 total yards. In the ensuing three drives, the 49ers had 201 yards and 2 touchdowns on 32 plays.

When you look at the box score, it is not apparent Graham was making a huge difference. In fact, he did not make a single play that registered on the box score. However, the combination of Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Derek Barnett is a fearsome trio. With one of them absent, it allows the 49ers to focus their blocking around the other two.

49ers’ defense crucial as San Francisco prevails in Philadelphia

Coming into the game, the 49ers were 17-2 under Shanahan when allowing their opponent to score fewer than 17 points. They advanced that to 18-2 as the defense made sure they did not pay for the offense’s slow start to the game.

The 49ers’ defense made crucial plays vs. the Eagles’ offense as they recovered from giving up the 91-yard play to Watkins. It can be easy for a big play like that to demoralize and leave a defense gasping for air. However, they held the Eagles out of the end zone and gave their offense a chance to take the lead at the half.

As much as the 49ers’ offense stepped up, they owe a lot to their defense. Entering this game, the 49ers were 10-27 when not scoring on the first drive and 11-21 when their opponents score first. They reversed both of those statistics to come away with a win in Week 2.

49ers vs. Eagles | Other news and notes

  • The FG block by Javon Kinlaw was the 49ers’ first since 2016 when Dontae Johnson blocked a Greg Zuerlein 48-yard attempt.
  • The 49ers advanced to 28-7 when leading a game at the end of the third quarter.
  • Jake Elliott tied Sam Baker for the third-most FGs (90) in Eagles history.
  • Elliott also surpassed Tommy McDonald for eighth place on the Eagles’ all-time points list.

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