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Rookie Nick Bosa was dominant on Monday night. He combined with Dee Ford on a stunt where both pass-rushers got to Mayfield for a sack in the second quarter. Bosa also beat Greg Robinson for a strip-sack of Mayfield in the fourth quarter.
DeForest Buckner had a strip-sack of Mayfield, and he also batted a pass down at the line of scrimmage in the second quarter. K’Waun Williams had a sack of Mayfield in the first quarter and then the opportunistic red-zone interception in the second quarter.
Jimmy Garoppolo was accurate all night at the short and intermediate range in a game-manager role with the Browns’ offense unable to put points on the board. The highlight of the night for the 49ers’ passing game was a 22-yard touchdown pass to George Kittle.
Baker Mayfield had two interceptions in the first half. The first was caused by Richard Sherman making a nice play, and the second was no fault of Mayfield’s as his pass bounced off Antonio Calloway and into K’Waun Williams’ hands. Mayfield also lost a fumble on a scramble and had another fumble recovered by his teammate.
Odell Beckham Jr. dropped a first-quarter screen and fumbled a fourth-quarter punt. Beckham’s only really productive play on the night was catching a 20-yard out route underneath Sherman, who seemed more than happy to stay over the top and let Beckham have the catch.
Cleveland’s defense didn’t play with much energy and was unable to control their gaps in the run game. The unit allowed 275 rushing yards with a large bulk of the damage done by Brieda and Coleman.
Cleveland didn’t play very good coverage, either. Linebacker Joe Schobert, who was responsible for Kittle’s 22-yard touchdown, was particularly poor in coverage throughout the night.