Hosts thoughts: What stood out the most from the 49ers win
Sep 13, 2023, 9:15 AM
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Week 1 of the NFL season is officially in the books and the San Francisco 49ers already looked like they were in mid-season form.
The Rred & Gold dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday with a 30-7 road victory.
Steeling the show!
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 11, 2023
Here’s what our hosts took away from Sunday’s win.
What stood out to me the most?? As Mike Tomlin said- the Niners kicked them in the teeth.
Tomlin’s teams are notoriously well-prepared, and it was their home opener. The crowd, a little weather, this looked like it could be a 2-point Steeler squeaker.
Didn’t happen. Men amongst boys. Just a complete decimation.
Purdy looked crisp. CMC was a stud. Aiyuk backed up the hype as an ascendant WR1. Pull your starters earlier Kyle. It’s ok. And Colton McKivitz looked like….well…..Mike McGlinchey.
But 1-0 baby. On to LA
Probably the right answer is EVERYTHING!
The 49ers were amazing on Sunday and the final score showed it. What really stood out to me though was how ready to play they were. For almost the entire first half, they were sharp. You heard the phrase “in mid-season form,” I would say they were in playoff form. That first 25 minutes or so of the game, they looked like a team that the rest of the NFL wouldn’t be able to handle.
They had an incredible week 1 and many thought they would be tested by Pittsburgh. The 49ers didn’t allow that to happen, so all credit to San Francisco. Very impressive.
Kevin “Whitey” Gleason
Sunday’s win was a triumph of the 49ers’ culture. The downfield blocking from wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Ray-Ray McCloud III on Christian McCaffrey’s 63-yard touchdown trot was remarkable. “No block, no rock” is a mantra the 49er receivers clearly take to heart, reflecting how focused this roster is on getting off to a good start as a team for the first time since 2019.
It was stunning to watch how physically dominant the 49ers were against an opponent in Pittsburgh that is known for physical play.
What stood out most to me in the 49ers’ big win in Pittsburgh on Sunday was how ready the Red & Gold were to get to business.
After a drama-filled training camp, San Francisco wasted no time forcing turnovers and putting up points. The game felt like it was over almost immediately as they got off to a 17-0 first-quarter lead and held the Steelers to just two total yards of offense until the very last drive of the first half.
We’ll see how this week goes with the Niners taking on their division rival in SoFi Stadium after the Rams’ surprising upset over Seattle last weekend.