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Colts, 49ers produce stunning result for sports bettors

Kyle Shanahan talks with the media

The Indianapolis Colts surprised many fans by beating the San Francisco 49ers 30-18 on Sunday night. The two teams played through pouring rain at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. They produced a stunning result for sports bettors in the process.

The total for the game (the amount of combined points the teams were expected to score) opened around 48, depending on the sportsbook. By the time the game was ready to begin, the total was down several points and in the low 40s many places. That is because bettors were expecting fewer points to be scored in the wet conditions.

Guess what? Just like things always seem to go in the NFL, there was a big surprise.

The teams managed to score quite a few points, and the 48-point total in the game hit the “over” for most bets. That was bad news for many bettors.

At Bet MGM, 91 percent of bets on the total were on the under. The Niners-Colts game represented the biggest under bet of the season at Bet MGM, meaning the majority of people lost their bets.

Any time it seems too easy, it never is.

It’s hard to believe a game played in those conditions hit the over, while one particular game on Saturday went under. That’s what makes football so much fun to follow.

Kyle Shanahan makes his QB preference clear despite Jimmy Garoppolo injury

Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers fans may be eager for a quarterback change, but coach Kyle Shanahan does not seem inclined to bench Jimmy Garoppolo as long as he’s healthy.

Garoppolo left Sunday’s game against Seattle at halftime with a calf injury and did not return for the second half. He was replaced by rookie Trey Lance, who threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-21 defeat.

Shanahan made clear, however, that he still views Garoppolo as his starter following the game. The coach added that he had hoped to be able to give Lance more time before throwing him into action full-time.

Garoppolo said after the game he hoped to miss only a couple weeks, suggesting Lance will have to make at least one start instead.

The veteran quarterback hasn’t been terribly impressive this season, tallying 925 passing yards through four weeks. There’s no doubt the injury comes at a frustrating time for him. He already seemed annoyed at sharing snaps with Lance, and the fact that the team will get a longer look at the rookie while Garoppolo is sidelined might not be good news for the veteran.

Trey Lance replaces injured Jimmy Garoppolo at QB for 49ers

Trey Lance

A combination of poor performance and apparent injury may mean an extended look at Trey Lance as San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

Lance started the second half of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in place of starter Jimmy Garoppolo. The initial belief was that coach Kyle Shanahan had benched Garoppolo, but the team later announced that Garoppolo had a calf injury and was questionable to return.

The 49ers would have been justified in replacing Garoppolo based on performance. He went 14-of-23 in the first half with a touchdown and an interception. He had just 165 passing yards, averaging a paltry 7.2 yards per completion.

The Niners have been adamant about starting Garoppolo, but his season got off to a very inauspicious start. It remains to be seen how serious Garoppolo’s injury is, or how capable Lance looks. Depending on the outcome, it wouldn’t be a stunner to see this quarterback change become permanent.

49ers completely botched their Tom Brady analysis

Tom Brady

Tom Brady was pursued by at least a handful of teams once he decided to leave the New England Patriots, but the sweepstakes would have ended much more quickly if the San Francisco 49ers were interested. Unfortunately for them, they seem to have badly misjudged the future Hall of Famer’s skills.

In his upcoming book about the Patriots’ dynasty, “It’s Better to Be Feared,” ESPN’s Seth Wickersham says Brady informed Wes Welker, a wide receivers coach with the 49ers, that he wanted to sign with San Francisco during the 2019 offseason. Brady is from the Bay Area and his family still lives there. According to Wickersham, Brady told Welker that there would be “no free-agency tour, no bidding war, full stop; he would end his career where his love of football began, in scarlet and gold, allowing his parents to drive to (his) games for the first time since the 1990s.”

Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports confirmed that Kyle Shanahan and the Niners were aware that Brady wanted to sign with them. But Wickersham reports that Shanahan asked his offensive assistants to watch all of Brady’s throws from the 2019 season. Shanahan did the same, and San Francisco’s coaching staff came to the conclusion that Brady was not much better than Jimmy Garaoppolo at that stage of both quarterbacks’ careers. For that reason, the 49ers passed.

Ouch.

Garoppolo had just led the Niners to the Super Bowl, so you can understand why the team believed in him. You can also understand why they were concerned about Brady’s skills declining, as his numbers were down across the board in 2019.

Of course, we have since learned that Brady only struggled in his final season with the Patriots because he had a terrible offense around him. It has also become clear that Garoppolo is average at best, which is why the Niners traded up to draft Trey Lance.

Now that we have all of this new information, it seems safe to assume Brady was talking about Garoppolo when he made this famous remark last offseason. While the 49ers don’t have nearly as good of a supporting cast as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they have to be kicking themselves over not signing Brady.

Aaron Rodgers reportedly wanted to be traded to 49ers

Aaron Rodgers

When Aaron Rodgers informed the Green Bay Packers during the offseason that he wanted a trade, the San Francisco 49ers were widely viewed as the most logical suitor for the California native. As you might expect, Rodgers agreed.

Rodgers had the 49ers at the top of his wish list when he wanted out of Green Bay, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The reigning NFL MVP’s desire to play in San Francisco is what led to Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan contacting Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, his good friend, about a potential Rodgers trade.

LaFleur quickly informed Shanahan that Rodgers was not going to be traded. Shanahan confirmed after the NFL draft that the conversation took place and said the Niners moved on immediately after, as evidenced by them trading up to No. 3 overall and drafting Trey Lance.

Rodgers admitted this week that he “definitely” thought about playing for the 49ers, though he said he never believed it was a strong possibility. Rapoport notes that money was never the most important factor for Rodgers and that he would have found a way to sign with San Francisco if he were a free agent.

A report this week claimed that the 49ers’ trade inquiry led to a tense exchange. But if Rodgers, who is from Northern California, wanted out of Green Bay and had the Niners at the top of his list, Shanahan would have been insane not to call. The same will be true if Rodgers requests a trade again next offseason.

Report: 49ers led Mac Jones to believe they were drafting him

Mac Jones

It was widely believed that the San Francisco 49ers traded up to No. 3 in the NFL Draft earlier this year so they could select Mac Jones, but they wound up taking Trey Lance instead. While that may have been their plan along, they did not communicate that to the former Alabama star.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic spoke to several sources about what went on behind the scenes with what was considered a loaded quarterback class this year. According to Howe, Niners decision-makers indicated to Jones in pre-draft interviews that he was the QB they wanted. The team also did an extensive amount of background work on Jones and spoke to some of his high school coaches from Jacksonville, Fla.

The Niners claimed they traded up because of Lance, but that is hard to believe given everything we have learned since the draft. There’s no reason why they would mislead Jones or go through all that effort of finding out so much about him if they traded up with only one player in mind.

What likely happened was that the 49ers believed there were multiple quarterbacks worthy of the No. 3 pick. They may have even still thought they had a shot at Zach Wilson, as there was talk for a while that the New York Jets could select Justin Fields at No. 2.

Kyle Shanahan previously mocked the rumors linking Jones to San Francisco, but they certainly were not pulled out of thin air.

49ers’ Kyle Shanahan weighs in on possible Frank Gore reunion

Frank Gore

The San Francisco 49ers are dealing with a lot of running back injuries. That was enough to spark speculation about the possible return of veteran Frank Gore.

Gore spent the bulk of his career with the 49ers, and the 38-year-old has not ruled out the possibility of playing in the NFL again. He made sense as an emergency option, which Niners coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged. However, Shanahan also said the team did not feel the situation was severe enough to bring Gore in.

“I would never put anything past Frank,” Shanahan said Wednesday, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “If we gave him a little heads-up and some notice, he’ll always be ready. We thought it was a little early for that. Guys still have a chance of playing this week.

“(We) would never fully rule that out. Don’t know exactly where he is right now. There are a number of people in here who have a relationship with him. If that time ever comes when we need to do it and he wants to do it, we would never rule it out.”

Elijah Mitchell, JaMycal Hasty, and Trey Sermon were the three San Francisco running backs active for Week 2. All three suffered injuries in the game, though Mitchell and Sermon have a chance to play in Week 3.

While Gore is open to playing in the NFL again, he seems to have another option these days. The door is clearly open for him in San Francisco if things get worse, though.

Did refs botch game-changing call in 49ers-Eagles game?

Trey Sermon hit

San Francisco 49ers running back Trey Sermon fumbled his first ever NFL rushing attempt on Sunday, but officials ruled that the Philadelphia Eagles committed a personal foul on the play. That negated a crucial turnover, and there has been extensive debate over whether the right call was made.

Sermon fumbled near midfield with the Niners leading 17-3 and roughly five minutes remaining in the game. There was a flag on the play, however, as Eagles safety K’Von Wallace was called for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the ball carrier. Wallace definitely hit Sermon in the head, but many felt the contact was totally unavoidable. If you watch the replay, it looks like Wallace was going in for a low tackle when Sermon was hit by another Eagle.

Here are a couple of angles of the hit:

The initial hit from Anthony Harris was clean. He hit Sermon in the shoulder area with his forearm, which caused Sermon to fall forward. You can even see in slow motion that the hit from Harris led to Wallace making contact with Sermon’s head. A lot of people feel the officials should know the difference and penalize (or not) accordingly.

San Francisco ended up winning the game 17-11. The Sermon turnover could have served as a huge momentum shift if it was not negated. Had there been no flag, Bart Scott might look a lot differently today.

H/T SpinMax

Video: Jimmy Garoppolo fumbles first snap before Trey Lance throws TD

Jimmy Garoppolo fumble

Jimmy Garoppolo will be facing added pressure this season after the San Francisco 49ers drafted Trey Lance, and the veteran could not have had a much worse start to the year on Sunday. The opposite was true for the rookie.

Garoppolo fumbled the first snap he took in Week 1, and the Detroit Lions recovered. It was hard to tell if the mistake was his or center Alex Mack’s, but the snap looked pretty clean:

Obviously, one mistake is not going to make or break Garoppolo’s season. The Niners’ defense held the Lions to a missed field goal attempt and got the ball back. Garoppolo then helped San Francisco put together a touchdown drive, but it was Lance who capped it off.

So Lance’s first ever NFL pass was a touchdown. And Garoppolo’s first play of 2021 was a fumble. Easy, people — let’s not overreact (yet).

49ers reportedly traded up to No. 3 because of Patriots

Kyle Shanahan

The San Francisco 49ers were once viewed as the most likely team to select Mac Jones, and many believed they were going to do just that after they made a massive move up the board prior to the NFL Draft. At one point, that may have been the team’s plan.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Niners traded up to No. 3 in the draft because they were concerned that the New England Patriots would move up so they could beat San Francisco to Jones. The 49ers believed that there were multiple worthy quarterback candidates to be taken third overall at the time, but they felt the trade was necessary to give themselves the option of drafting Jones.

The Niners, of course, then drafted Trey Lance. They obviously believe he’s the better NFL prospect. However, the report has to make the Patriots feel even better about getting Jones at No. 15, assuming it’s true.

Kyle Shanahan previously mocked the rumors that linked Jones to San Francisco, but it sounds like there was at least some truth to them. The Niners may have simply known at the time of their trade that they wanted to draft a quarterback. That doesn’t mean they were set on Lance from the start.