Nick Mullens had done no wrong since his prime-time debut against the Raiders in 2018. In prime time Sunday, his charmed run may have ended. He threw for only 200 yards (ending his streak of 220-yard games at eight) and against an Eagles team that didn’t have an interception in its first three games, he threw two — one a fourth-quarter pick-six. George Kittle was unstoppable (15 catches for 183 yards) and Brandon Aiyuk’s hurdle TD was spectacular. Next week’s starter: Jimmy Garoppolo or C.J. Beathard?
Can’t really blame the defense too much on this night. Carson Wentz was sacked three times and threw for less than 200 yards, the Eagles had only 18 first downs, and the 49ers’ third-ranked defense (304 yards per game) allowed only 267 — although 42 of that came on Wentz’s TD pass to Travis Fulgham that put the Eagles in front to stay. Azeez Al-Shaair had his first career interception, but it was the only turnover of the game for the 49ers against a team that came in tied for having committed the most in the first three weeks (eight).
Hard to remember the last time the 49ers’ special teams were this quiet. For only the second time in his 49 regular-season game with the 49ers, Robbie Gould didn’t attempt a field goal and the 49ers had only 6 punt return yards. Mitch Wishnowsky averaged net 42.3 yards on four punts. One upside: Taybor Pepper — brought in to replace yips-afflicted long snapper Kyle Nelson — was flawless.
Kyle Shanahan had 3 ½ minutes of genius in the first quarter — an inside handoff to Kittle, an end around by Deebo Samuel and Aiyuk’s highlight-reel 38-yard run on a lateral — and a whole bunch of meh. The absence of Garoppolo certainly played a role, but 49ers running backs averaged only 3.5 yards per carry.
One thing is for certain: The Eagles aren’t from New York City. After back-to-back romps over the NYC teams, the 49ers took the field against another winless team and … kersplat. And looming on the schedule after 1-3 Miami next week are the Rams, Patriots, Seahawks and Packers — who are a combined 12-2.
— Michael Lerseth