The Full Moon was out over Levi Stadium allowing the Hawks to prey at night and they took full advantage as they feasted on Niner mistakes all night long.
3 turnovers (2 fumbles and 1 INT), 7 dropped passes, and the performance of MVP Russell Wilson was too much to overcome as the Niners lost their first game of the 2019 season. Although the Niner Defense forced 4 turnovers (3 fumbles and 1 INT), the Offense simply could not take advantage of those turnovers as they scored only 6 points on the Hawks turnovers while the Hawks scored 21 points on the 3 Niner turnovers.
This game was eerily similar to the Steeler game when the Niners turned the ball over 5 times but they somehow won that game. Even though Russell Wilson won the game for the Hawks, it was really the 7 dropped passes that doomed the Niners comeback attempt. The WR group has been the biggest weakness of this team and their deficiencies highlighted how weak this group is. After E-Man Sanders left the game in the 2nd quarter with a rib injury and George Kittle was out the entire game with a knee and ankle injury, Deebo Samuel was the main guy catching 8 passes for 112 yards. But he had a key dropped pass along with 2 drops by Kendrick Bourne (1 turning into an INT), 2 drops by Dante Pettis, 1 drop by Kyle Juszczyk and 1 drop by Marquise Goodwin. What hurt the most is that all of these drops ended offensive drives so could also be considered as turnovers.
As poorly as the Niners played, they still had a chance to win as a game winning 47 yard field goal attempt in OT was badly shanked by rookie Chase McLaughlin. He did, however, have 3 successful kicks allowing the Niners to stay in the game. The Niners had a tremendous Defensive performance by Dre Greenlaw who filled in admirably for the injured Kwon Alexander. He had a key INT in OT when the Hawks were driving for a winning score. He also had 8 tackles (3 solo) and defended the run and the pass exceptionally well. Fred Warner had a monster game with 10 tackles (9 solo, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks). E-Man Moseley continued to impress at CB as well as K-Waun Williams and Jaquiski Tartt.
The two starting Tackles (Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchy) came back to play from injuries but they looked very rusty as Jadeveon Clowney was in the backfield all night long and scored a defensive touchdown on a forced fumble on Garoppolo.
This loss will give the Niners an added incentive to improve in all areas. They still have the best record in the NFC and are still the team to beat.