Texans Overtake the Niners in the Last Preseason Game

By Dominic Hernandez

The 49ers had a rough last game of the preseason going 0-17. Kyle Shanahan commented on the game during the interview saying “It was pretty rough, we didn’t play clean at all. We struggled to stop the run on the first drive, which is tough. When we did play good defense, I thought we had a couple bad penalties that kept them on the field.” During the first quarter of the game, the Texans were able to get their touchdown and a field goal, and the Niners came out of the first quarter with nothing on the board.  Second quarter both teams didn’t score any points, then in the third quarter, the game for the Texans was solidified as they gained ten more points on the board. It was 0-17 for the rest of the game making the game tough for the 49ers. 

The Texans were going through the 49ers offense, making it look like the 49ers were weaker during the game. The 49ers were flagged for 11 accepted penalties for a total 104 yards in this game, repeatedly giving the Texans momentum while halting their own. Preseason games don’t count, but there’s no excuse for how sloppy the 49ers looked in all four phases of the game.  There were a handful of missed blocking assignments, a couple pass interference penalties resulting in a fresh set of downs, even a punt that somehow resulted in a touch back after landing inside the Texans yard line surrounded by 49ers on the coverage team, with multiple players getting their hands on the ball well out outside the end zone. The 49ers’ first-team offensive line struggled to find consistent run blocking during the preseason. They struggled to contain a Texans pass rush that generated three sacks and double-digit pressures. 

Besides the offensive line, the 49ers defensive line racked up three sacks in this game, with all three coming from players who will make the team and be an integral part of the rotation on the front four. Charles Omenihu got a sack in his first game back at NRG stadium since being traded by the Texans last season, and Jordan Willis tallied one as well. Womack contributed to yet another turnover, the third time this postseason that Womack has been the primary reason for the 49ers defense registering a takeaway. Womack was able to play through the ball on a pass intended for Chris Moore in the endzone, tipping the ball in the air for safety Taravarius Moore to come down with the interception.

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