San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

SF
41
CIN
17
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SF 141010741
CIN 730717

Game Information
Location: Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 50,666

CINCINNATI (AP) The ice cream was sweet, the Holiday Inn was quiet, the bonding time was plentiful. The San Francisco 49ers enjoyed their weeklong stay in Youngtown, Ohio, which got them ready for their final stop on the way home.

Cincinnati provided a most hospitable layover.

A 41-17 victory over the Bengals on Sunday completed the 49ers' long stay on the road and left them in rare air heading back to the West Coast. They're 2-0 for the first time since 2012 and looking very much like a contender.

"This is a franchise that won five championships, and we're trying to get back to that," cornerback Richard Sherman said. "It's a work in progress."

In this one, everything worked.

Jimmy Garoppolo tied his career high with three touchdown passes, Matt Breida ran for 121 yards, and San Francisco pulled off one big play after another while piling up 572 yards for the first time in seven years. The 49ers have opened with back-to-back road wins for the first time since 1989, when Joe Montana's crew was coming off its second Super Bowl win over the Bengals.

They have a fondness for the Buckeye State.

Rather than return to the West Coast after their opening 31-17 win in Tampa Bay, the 49ers headed to Youngstown, where they worked out on a soccer field, enjoyed a local ice cream shop and rested at a Holiday Inn.

"The week in Youngstown definitely paid off," said Garoppolo, who was 17 of 25 for 297 yards. "There was extra time to be around each other and talk about things."

By contrast, it couldn't have gone much worse for Bengals first-year coach Zac Taylor in his regular-season debut at Paul Brown Stadium.

The crowd of 50,666 began filing out after the third quarter. Cincinnati's defense had repeated breakdowns and missed tackles, and the offense managed only 25 yards rushing as the Bengals fell to 0-2 for the second time in the last three years.

The 41 points were the most allowed by the Bengals in a home opener.

"We didn't give the fans anything to be excited about," Taylor said.

An opening 21-20 loss at Seattle gave the Bengals hope that things would be better after three straight losing seasons. Instead, Seattle looked more like a mirage as the 49ers rolled ahead 31-10 after their opening drive of the second half, culminating in Garoppolo's third touchdown pass.

After an unproductive game at Tampa Bay that marked his return from knee surgery, Garoppolo was much sharper the second time around, taking full advantage of numerous breakdowns in the Bengals' coverages. The offense dominated all-around, piling up 259 yards rushing and averaging 6.2 per carry.

"It was an amazing feeling, going out and knowing you can run the ball down their throats," said Breida, who averaged 10.1 yards per carry.

Marquise Goodwin went unguarded for a 38-yard touchdown catch on their opening series, and Raheem Mostert turned a screen pass into an easy 39-yard score . The 49ers piled up 291 yards in the first half - more than they had in the opener - with three plays of at least 34 yards.

They had the look of a team excited to be heading home.

"To be on the road for 10 days - that adds up," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I thought our guys were juiced today."

ANOTHER PICK

The Niners had three interceptions in the win at Tampa Bay, one more than all last season. They got another Sunday from linebacker Kwon Alexander.

NIFTY PLAY

On a drive to a field goal late in the first half, Garoppolo lateraled to receiver Dante Pettis, who threw back across field to Mostert for a 16-yard gain.

INJURIES

49ers: Left tackle Joe Staley broke the fibula in his left leg in the third quarter. The 49ers think he could return in less than eight weeks.

"I really think this team is special," Staley said. "I'm going to do everything in my power to get back and help this team down the stretch."

Bengals: The line suffered more sapping injuries. Left tackle Cordy Glenn missed a second straight game in concussion protocol, and backup Andre Smith suffered a groin injury in the first half. Rookie guard Michael Jordan was taken off on a cart in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury... Defensive end Carl Lawson hurt his right hamstring in the second half.

UP NEXT

49ers: host Pittsburgh next Sunday.

Bengals: at Buffalo next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Bengals
11:13 Marquise Goodwin 38 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Robbie Gould kick) 7 0
06:43 Tyler Eifert 1 yd pass from Andy Dalton (Randy Bullock kick) 7 7
02:36 Raheem Mostert 39 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Robbie Gould kick) 14 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Bengals
10:09 Jeff Wilson Jr. 2 yd run (Robbie Gould kick) 21 7
06:57 Randy Bullock 37 yd FG 21 10
00:02 Robbie Gould 33 yd FG 24 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Bengals
12:10 Deebo Samuel 2 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Robbie Gould kick) 31 10
04:34 Robbie Gould 38 yd FG 34 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Bengals
14:56 Jeff Wilson Jr. 4 yd run (Robbie Gould kick) 41 10
00:45 John Ross III 66 yd pass from Andy Dalton (Randy Bullock kick) 41 17

Team Stats
  San Francisco Cincinnati
1st Downs 27 14
Total Yards 571 316
Passing 312 291
Passing Completions/Attempts 18-26 26-42
Yards/Pass 12.0 6.3
Rushing 259 25
Rushing Attempts 42 19
Yards/Rush 6.2 1.3
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 32:19 27:41

San Francisco Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jimmy Garoppolo 17 25 296 11.8 3 1
Dante Pettis 1 1 16 16.0 0 0

Cincinnati Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Andy Dalton 26 42 311 7.4 2 1

San Francisco Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Matt Breida 12 121 10.1 0 34
Raheem Mostert 13 83 6.4 0 20
Jeff Wilson Jr. 10 34 3.4 2 14
Jimmy Garoppolo 4 8 2.0 0 9
Deebo Samuel 2 7 3.5 0 5
Kyle Juszczyk 1 6 6.0 0 6

Cincinnati Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Joe Mixon 11 17 1.6 0 9
Giovani Bernard 6 6 1.0 0 5
Andy Dalton 2 2 1.0 0 2

San Francisco Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Deebo Samuel 5 86 17.2 1 39
Marquise Goodwin 3 77 25.7 1 38
Raheem Mostert 3 68 22.7 1 39
George Kittle 3 54 18.0 0 36
Matt Breida 1 11 11.0 0 11
Richie James Jr. 1 7 7.0 0 7
Kyle Juszczyk 1 5 5.0 0 5
Kendrick Bourne 1 4 4.0 0 4

Cincinnati Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Tyler Boyd 10 122 12.2 0 47
John Ross III 4 112 28.0 1 66
Drew Sample 2 25 12.5 0 21
Alex Erickson 1 14 14.0 0 14
Joe Mixon 3 10 3.3 0 7
Tyler Eifert 3 9 3.0 1 8
Giovani Bernard 1 7 7.0 0 7
Damion Willis 1 6 6.0 0 6
Auden Tate 1 6 6.0 0 6

San Francisco Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Ronald Blair III 4 1 1 5
Fred Warner 4 3 0 0
Kwon Alexander 3 3 0 0
K'Waun Williams 3 4 0 0
Ahkello Witherspoon 3 2 0 0
Arik Armstead 2 1 1 8
Solomon Thomas 2 1 1 1
Tarvarius Moore 2 2 0 0
D.J. Reed Jr. 2 1 0 0
Richard Sherman 2 2 0 0
Jaquiski Tartt 2 3 0 0
DeForest Buckner 1 0 1 6
Sheldon Day 1 1 0 0
Dre Greenlaw 1 2 0 0
Azeez Al-Shaair 0 1 0 0
Ross Dwelley 0 0 0 0
Antone Exum Jr. 0 0 0 0
Dee Ford 0 1 0 0
George Kittle 0 0 0 0
Emmanuel Moseley 0 0 0 0
Raheem Mostert 0 0 0 0
Mark Nzeocha 0 0 0 0
Jullian Taylor 0 0 0 0

Cincinnati Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jessie Bates III 8 3 0 0
Shawn Williams 8 1 0 0
Dre Kirkpatrick 5 1 0 0
Preston Brown 4 10 0 0
Carlos Dunlap 2 4 0 0
Sam Hubbard 2 3 0 0
Geno Atkins 1 4 0 0
Andrew Billings 1 1 0 0
Ryan Glasgow 1 0 0 0
Darius Phillips 1 0 0 0
B.W. Webb 1 0 0 0
Brandon Wilson 1 0 0 0
Tyler Eifert 0 0 0 0
Jordan Evans 0 0 0 0
William Jackson III 0 1 0 0
Carl Lawson 0 1 0 0
Josh Tupou 0 2 0 0
Nick Vigil 0 2 0 0
Kerry Wynn 0 1 0 0

San Francisco Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Kwon Alexander 1 0 0

Cincinnati Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
William Jackson III 1 19 0

San Francisco Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Richie James Jr. 1 13 13.0 0 13

Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Darius Phillips 4 100 25.0 0 37
Giovani Bernard 1 14 14.0 0 14

San Francisco Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Richie James Jr. 2 4 2.0 0 4

Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

San Francisco Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Robbie Gould 2 3 67.0 38

Cincinnati Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Randy Bullock 1 2 50.0 37

San Francisco Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Mitch Wishnowsky 2 75 39

Cincinnati Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Kevin Huber 5 226 50