In a matchup that featured multiple key players missing action on both sides of the ball, the 49ers demolished the G-Men (Giants) from start to finish.
The 36-9 victory had a mind boggling 39 minutes of time of possession for the Niners while the Giants had the rock all of 20 minutes.
Here’s the fantasy winners and losers from the matchup in Metlife.
San Francisco 49ers
1. QB Nick Mullens
No Jimmy Garoppolo, no problem for 49ers 2nd string QB Nick Mullens on Sunday. In his 1st start since December 30th of 2018, Mullens torched the Giants, finishing 25-for-35 with 343 yards, a TD, and no INT's on the afternoon.
The 49ers QB was barely touched all afternoon and spread the ball all over the field, completing a pass to 10 different receivers. Mullens could continue his hot streak if starter Jimmy G is still not 100% recovered from an ankle injury soon. The Niners have three straight home games ahead against the Eagles, Dolphins, and Rams coming up.
2. WR Brandon Aiyuk
With superstar TE George Kittle missing his 2nd straight game and rising star Deebo Samuel still not recovered , there were serious questions as to who would step up as the team’s top option on Sunday. Well 2020 1st round pick WR Brandon Aiyuk became the answer. The 25th overall pick recorded 5 rec for 70 yards on a team-high eight targets. Aiyuk showed his dual-threat ability by also recording a 19-yard TD run and had 31 rushing yards on three carries in the game. With a banged up receiving group and no clear top threat, Aiyuk looks to continue his success next Sunday night against the Eagles.
New York Giants
1. QB Daniel Jones
After a solid opening night against a difficult matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jones had one of his worst games in his young career on Sunday. Jones finished a horrendous 17-for-32 for only 179 yards with an interception and a fumble lost in a game that was never close besides the opening kickoff. With the team never able to establish a consistent run game without superstar RB Saquon Barkley, Jones struggled to move the ball down the field and find open receivers. The second year QB now has 4 turnovers (two INTs, two fumbles lost) and zero touchdowns his last two games. Even with all the negatives, Jones still showed his ability to move about the pocket when necessary leading the team with 49 rushing yards. It doesn’t get much easier next week as the G-Men travel to LA to face Aaron Donald/Jalen Ramsey and the Rams.
2. TE Evan Engram
With a slew of important injuries all across the 49ers defense and the Giants minus Barkley and WR Sterling Shepard, it seemed a no-brainer big game for Engram. However it was the complete opposite for the fourth year TE. Early on, Engram mishandled a Jones’ pitch near midfield resulting in a turnover and a 49ers field goal to extend the lead to 6-0.
Even though Jones got the nod for the fumble, it really should’ve