The Odd Story of the 2019 San Francisco 49ers

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The Odd Story of the 2019 San Francisco 49ers

Nic Rendon, Contributor

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In the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers are a trending topic. They made it to the superbowl for the first time since 2013, and they have a chance to win their first since 1995. This is very strange considering that last season they finished the season with a record of 4-12, the second worst in the league. The drastic change in record makes people wonder what happened to cause such a night and day difference. There are a lot of factors that played into the success of this year’s team. First of all, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has remained healthy this season. Last year, he spent most of the season on the sideline due to a torn ACL. Now that the 49ers have the Brady protege back under center, they have their passing game back.

The second reason for the sudden change is the full development of running back Raheem Mostert. Mostert has spent the past few years working with the 49ers, but he never had a breakthrough until recently. Fans got to see his full potential in the NFC Championship, where he ran for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns. This is one of the best playoff performances a running back has ever had. Another player who had a breakthrough season was tight end George Kittle. Throughout the regular season, he was able to solidify himself as a top-tier tight end in the NFL. The 49ers 2019 draft class also played a key role in their Super Bowl run. Defensive end Nick Bosa and wide receiver Deebo Samuel led the charge for the rookie class. Before the season even started, the 49ers made an abundance of moves in the offseason, such as signing linebacker Kwon Alexander. During the season, they also signed star wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders who helped elevate the 49ers passing game to the next level. With all of this, the San Francisco 49ers were able to create a Super Bowl caliber team.

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/vincentfrank/2019/05/01/2019-nfl-draft-grading-every-49ers-pick/#1ff1552e7555

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/super-bowl/fl-sp-49ers-raheem-mostert-dolphins-super-bowl-20200120-bl5s7aj2b5es7ic7mdcmkq26dq-story.html

https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/49ers-2019-offseason-scorecard-trades-signings-nfl-draft-picks