The end-of-game sequence was symbolic of an outing in which Jimmy Garoppolo seldom threw to his wide receivers and often was a tick off when he did. Three plays before the final incompletion to Trent Taylor, Garoppolo saw Kendrick Bourne all alone in the right corner of the end zone. His throw had too much loft, however, allowing cornerback Patrick Peterson to recover and break up the play.
Bourne and Taylor combined for four catches for 41 yards and were the only 49ers wideouts to catch a pass. The team’s would-be starters, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, were ruled out with injuries, and Samuel won’t be back until October at the earliest after going on injured reserve on Saturday.
The 9ers mainly targeted tight ends and running backs the story said. The story also added Aiyuk, who is recovering from a hamstring strain, was close to playing against the Cardinals.