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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the season with an ACL tear and the 49ers backup quarterback C.J Beathard is also battling a wrist injury. Which meant San Francisco had to call up their third string quarterback Nick Mullens and he didn’t skip a beat in his first NFL start. Mullens came right downfield and scored on the 49ers opening drive. It was clear Kyle Shanahan was helping his 23 year old quarterback (Mullens) with some creative play calls but give the former Southern Miss star some credit. He showed some amazing poise and was the main reason the scarlet and gold rolled to a 34-3 thrashing of the Oakland Raiders. Mullens finished the nigh with 262 yard, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions proving he can provide a spark for his offense. Raheem Mostert was the top running back for the Niners he had 86 yards and 1 touchdown. Mostert ended up breaking his arm though and that was certainly tough to watch. Then there was George Kittle’s huge night. Kittle hauled in 108 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. So it was another strong performance for him and he’s definitely one of the better tight ends in the league. Derek Carr was sacked 6 times in this game and he couldn’t get anything going. Carr threw for 171 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions in what would end up being an ugly performance. Doug Martin chipped in 49 rushing yards and Jalen Richard recorded 45 receiving yards but it’s a rough game when none of your tailbacks or receivers go over the 50 yards mark. Which pretty much sums up the type of night Oakland had. They came into this contest hoping to beat an opponent who had a similar record. Instead the Raiders got trampled and even worse than that some of their players looked like they threw in the towel. On defense Cassius Marsh did his part for the winning side putting up 4 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 TFLs. Deforest Buckner also added 2 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL. Oakland’s best defenders were Tahir Whitehead and P.J Hall. Whitehead had 7 tackles and 4 TFLs. While P.J Hall contributed 3 tackles and 1 TFL but those performance weren’t enough to keep their squad competitive. Kyle Shanahan is already considering starting Mullens again and we may have a rising star on our hands. This small sample of success was exactly what the young quarterback needs to build up his confidence.
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Nick Mullens transformed from an unknown prospect to the 49ers secret weapon. He led San Francisco to a 34-3 win over Oakland.