The San Francisco 49ers have rushed through the gates of the 2019 season off to a tremendous start, having won their first seven contests that have put them atop of the NFC with the best mark. The 49ers burst through with another impressive performance in a 51-13 blowout over the Carolina Panthers that was fueled by their dominant play on both sides of the ball. It was a contest that also featured a tremendous outing from Tevin Coleman leading the charge offensively.
49ers proving to be the real deal
Before the start of the 2019 season, there was plenty of optimism around the 49ers, with eyes towards making a tremendous leap forward after finishing with one of the worst marks in the league.
The 49ers have come out blazing hot to begin the campaign, having won their first seven games that have placed them atop the NFC West, holding at least a two-game lead over the rest of the division. San Francisco has primarily been led by their defense that has arguably been the best unit in the league.
Heading into Week 8 action, the 49er ranked first in the fewest yards allowed and against the pass and eighth against the run. It hasn’t all been their defense as their offense has held its own through the first eight games, which was capped off behind a strong outing on Sunday that was headed by Coleman’s big performance.
Tevin Coleman’s huge outing vs. Panthers
It was more of the same for the 49ers on Sunday afternoon, easing past the upstart Panthers convincingly at home.
San Francisco had balanced by on both sides of the ball with Coleman being the offensive star racking up 105 rushing yards on 11 attempts with three touchdowns along with two catches for 13 receiving yards and a touchdown. His huge performance put him alongside Hall of Famer Jerry Rice as the only players in team history score four touchdowns in a single game.
Coleman’s performance also made him the first player in team history since Garrison Hearst back on Dec. 1, 2002 to rush for three touchdowns in a regular-season game. He was also the first notch at least 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a game since Carlos Hyde did so back in Week 3 of the 2016 season.
The huge outing from Coleman has helped put the 49ers in a better position to capture their first playoff berth since 2013.
49ers in the driver’s seat towards the playoffs
Despite a strong start to the season, there is still some skepticism around the 49ers about whether they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
The chatter has continued to fuel them in each passing week as they breezed through nearly the first half of their schedule. The remaining nine games on the schedule will provide them the chance to prove they are up for the task against some highly formidable opponents.
That includes facing the Seattle Seahawks twice, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, and Rams once more. The stiff competition will see their true grit and what type of team they are this season.
There’s no doubt at this point that the 49ers are headed towards their first playoff berth in six years, but there remains curiosity to see how they perform against top-level competition. Their defense will be tested with some highly formidable offenses ahead that could further cement their status among the elite teams or create concerns.
Ultimately, San Francisco now controls its fate the rest of the way in the regular season, being in the driver’s seat for the coveted first-round playoff bye. Only time will tell if they can continue to prove it behind their play on the field.