Forget draft position, the 49ers are building a winning culture

San Francisco’s 31-21 win over the Giants brings new regime its first victory

Bonta Hill
November 13, 2017 - 12:11 pm

I’ve been in a position as a fan to want my teams to tank for better draft picks, tanking for a potential star.

But when I played sports it didn’t matter if it was a pickup game, league contest for my school — once that ball is kicked, the competitive juices start to flow and you do everything in your power to win that game.

That’s who the San Francisco 49ers are. While the team lacks talent and depth, they’re a group of men that have a fire that is uber competitive. After a five-game stretch where the 49ers lost by a combined 13 points, this team was due.

.After dismantling the now 1-8 New York Giants, the San Francisco 49ers will not be joining the 1960 Cowboys, 1976 Bucs, 1982 Baltimore Colts and the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go winless.

For the first time all season the 49ers led at halftime. For the first time all season, the 49ers held a double-digit lead and for the first time all season, the 49ers won a damn football game!

With Levi’s Stadium full of empty red seats and blue Giants’ jerseys, Beathard produced his best game yet, as the rookie was 19-of-25 for 288 yards and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). His bomb to Marquise Goodwin may have been his best throw of the season. What a beauty.

Speaking of Goodwin...he had every right to sit out yesterday’s game considering the 49ers were 0-9. Goodwin obviously is relishing his opportunity to play for Shanahan.


How about the vaunted running game for the 49ers (I’m kidding)? As a team, they ran the ball for 186 yards and averaged 5.6 yards a carry.

Joe Staley coming back obviously was a big boost for the offense as they dominated the Giants’ front all day long.

The 49ers aren’t going to the Super Bowl, let alone the playoffs. They still have ways to go to compete with the powers of the NFC, however, the reps these rookies are getting will do wonders for them in the future.

Now, back to the tanking theory for a second...it’s crap. To lose on purpose to increase your chances at a higher draft pick for an unproven college prospect is ludacris.

Maybe the Cleveland Browns are about that life, but not this storied franchise. The San Francisco 49ers aren’t about that 0-16 life.

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