Monday Night Football saw San Francisco 49ers trashing the Cleveland Browns 31-3 at Levi’s Stadium, and keeping their record perfect. Kyle Shanahan’s guys were too dominant for the guests from Ohio, who are far away from the desired level of play at the moment.
A win in Baltimore against the Raves raised the ambitions of both the fans and the Brown’s players, but just one week later, the reality hit them hard. It appears that Freddie Kitchen’s guys can’t compete with the best teams in the league, and the contest against the 49ers is the ultimate proof of that.
Baker Mayfield had one of his worst experiences ever. The former No.1 pick was 8 of 22 for just 100 yards, and was sacked four times, for 42 negative yards, and had two interceptions and two fumbles. But not only that, Mayfield was humiliated in different ways. His celebration against Ohio State from college days when he planted a flag on their logo after his Sooners defeated the Buckeyes on the road, was something Nick Bosa remembered. The rookie defensive end wanted payback.
And he got it.
Nick Bosa sacks Baker Mayfield and PLANTS THE FLAG 👀 pic.twitter.com/RbzYOqDbem
— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOSU) October 8, 2019
Bosa sacked Mayfield twice, had two tackles for a loss, he hurried Brown’s QB five times, forced a fumble and recovered one. After sacking Mayfield 10 seconds before the end of the first half, he mimicked waving with the flag and afterward planting it in front of the 49ers bench. The message was loud and clear.
“I think everybody knows what that was for,” Bosa said. “I just wanted to get payback. He had it coming.”
Bosa didn’t have any kind words for Mayfield, but was pretty straightforward following the game, saying that he and his teammates tore apart Cleveland’s leader and that he had no solution for them.
“But he was panicking. He was double-clutching, rolling back and forth. We had him rattled all game,” said the 49ers DE.
Things were pretty much decided after the first halftime, when San Francisco had a 21-3 advantage. It was Matt Breida who drew the first blood, with less than two minutes into the game. 49ers RB had an 83-yard rushing touchdown that dazzled the visitors. Breida ended the game with 114 yards through the ground and 15 through the air.
He would add another TD in the middle of the first sequence when Jimmy Garoppolo threw him a five-yard pass.
He was more than willing to speak for the media after the game, wanting to explain to everyone that his team is no surprise, but a legit contender, despite what many believe.
“I don’t think anyone expected us to be 4-0 this year, to be honest. Probably expected us to be 0-4. They can say whatever they want. All that matters is who’s in this locker room.”
Tevin Coleman added one more score in the second period, carrying the ball into the end zone after a 19-yard run, exploiting the horrific ground defense of the Browns last night. Kitchens’ guys allowed 275 rushing yards, and once you do that, there is no way to win a contest. Coleman had 97 yards on 16 carries.
“It’s the easiest way to win. You play real good defense, and you can run the ball, that takes some pressure off a lot of people and doesn’t put you in a lot of risky situations,” Shanahan told at the press.
Garoppolo had a routine game with 181 yards, 20 for 29, and two touchdown passes. Apart from the one to Breida, the second one was a 22-yard toss to George Kittle.
Among the Browns, except for Nick Chubb, who had 87 rushing yards, nobody stepped up to challenge the 49ers. Landry had four receptions for 75 yards, Odell Beckham 2 for 27. The Browns had 178 yards from the scrimmage last night.
Cleveland (2-3) is now hosting the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and after that, has a week bye.
Meanwhile, the 49ers (4-0) have a big game coming up against the divisional rials and one of their biggest rivals, the LA Rams. Shanahan’s guys are heading for the Coliseum to face Goff and the rest of McVay’s unit, and no doubt that will be the most interesting matchup of the entire week.