There is a time when you will see. San Francisco 49ers‘ Talent on display. It could be a big game. Debo Samuel Or Christian McCaffreyOr a big stop for protection.

It’s still not easy, but at least the 49ers won Sunday night. The 49ers didn’t lead until midway through the fourth quarter, but eventually pulled through won 22-16 on Los Angeles Chargers To get more than 500. The running game continued to wear on the Chargers and eventually the dam broke.

You can win a lot of games by running the ball and playing good defense, and that’s what the 49ers did Sunday night. But there’s enough talent on the 49ers to leave you wanting more. The 49ers were the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl after acquiring McCaffrey, but they haven’t played consistently to that level.

For a long time Sunday night, the Chargers were the better team despite their injuries. The NFC isn’t full of good teams. The 49ers have the talent to be one of the top teams. We haven’t seen that from them yet, not for a long time anyway.

The Chargers took an early lead.

The Chargers started fast. They drove 75 yards and scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass. DeAndre Carter On their first property. The Chargers built a 13-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

The 49ers started to get back into the game in the second half even though they were holding Rough break when the linebacker Dr. Greenlaw He was fired. Justin Herbert. He was hit in the back, resulting in a helmet-to-head hit from Greenlaw to Herbert. It looked bad, Greenlaw was penalized and sent off. Herbert was briefly sidelined for an injury assessment but was ruled out for the second half. The Chargers led 16-10 at halftime.

Herbert came back in the second half, but the Chargers offense was stuck for the third quarter. They didn’t score. The 49ers got a field goal to cut the Los Angeles lead to 16-13.

The 49ers continued to run at the Chargers and eventually broke through and took the lead. A hold by Brandon Ayuk He got the 49ers to the 1-yard line, and McCaffrey punched it in for a touchdown, giving the 49ers the lead with 7:54 left.

With the way the 49ers defense has been playing, they should feel good about holding that lead.

Christian McCaffrey was a big part of the 49ers & # 39;  Offensive scheme against the Chargers on Sunday night.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Christian McCaffrey was a big part of the 49ers’ offensive scheme against the Chargers on Sunday night. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The 49ers ran it well against the Chargers.

The 49ers ran him a lot against the Chargers, which is still not good against the run. Elijah Mitchell He was back and was actually more effective on the ground than McCaffrey. The 49ers had 157 total rushing yards with Debo Samuel getting a few rushes.

The defense was key. Perhaps Herbert was shaken from the great success he had taken from Greenlaw. Whatever the reason, Los Angeles’ offense had a rough time in the second half. San Francisco’s defense played a big role. At its best, the 49ers defense looks like the best in the NFL. Like the team as a whole, it didn’t happen consistently.

The Chargers got the ball back before the two-minute warning, but controversially took over on their 1-yard line. The 49ers were down one point at the 1, but NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay pointed out that the 49ers were forced back into the end zone and should have gotten a touchdown. The officials didn’t catch that so the Chargers got the ball at the 1.

It’s hard to move the ball from your own 1-yard line, and the Chargers started with two incompletions. A third-down completion gained 7 yards, but on fourth down, Herbert threw incomplete under pressure. The 49ers got a field goal with 58 seconds left. Herbert then threw an interception and the 49ers won.

The 49ers are 5-4 and have a shot to get on a roll. Anyone who thinks their talent will emerge and make them a Super Bowl contender may get their wish.

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