The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cleveland Browns 31-3 on Monday Night Football behind a dominant rushing attack and suffocating defense.
On the first play of scrimmage for the 49ers, Matt Breida took a handoff 83-yards for a touchdown, giving the 49ers an early 7-0 lead. Breida wasn’t done there. Six minutes later, Breida caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Breida finished the game with 114 yards rushing and one rushing touchdown on only 11 carries. Alongside Breida was Tevin Coleman, who rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown. The 49ers were in control and leading by double digits the entirety of the game, so the running attack was in full swing. As a team, the 49ers ran for 275 yards.
In the Browns backfield, Nick Chubb rushed for 87 yards, adding to his impressive sophomore season. With the Browns behind double digits for most of the game, Chubb wasn’t given proper utilization by the Browns offense.
Even the passing attack for the Browns was abysmal. Baker Mayfield finished with a quarterback rating of 13.4, passing for 100 yards and two interceptions. The 49ers defense was suffocating, sacking Mayfield four times and providing intense pressure throughout the night to force Mayfield into his worst game as a professional.
On the flipside, Garoppolo passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 108.5. The high passing yards weren’t in the formula for Garoppolo, as the game was all-but-over in the second quarter.
After the Browns hit a 30-yard field goal, Coleman scored his lone touchdown of the night; a 19-yard run to give the 49ers a 21-3 lead at halftime.
The rest of the game would feature plenty of offensive miscues from the Browns and time management by the 49ers. George Kittle, arguably the best player in the league, scored early in the third quarter from a 22-yard pass from Garoppolo. A Robbie Gould fourth quarter field goal would be the final score of the game. The 49ers won 31-3.
The 2-3 Browns will host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday as the undefeated 5-0 49ers will travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams.