An unexpected knockout punch was 49ers’ first punch

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CINCINNATI — On the 49ers’ fourth scrimmage play Sunday, they trampled the Bengals’ heart.

First down at the Cincinnati 38, 49ers wide collector Marquise Goodwin lines up at tight end on the correct side. Jimmy Garoppolo fakes a handoff to Matt Breida going left, as Goodwin hauls to one side over the line of scrimmage, as though to obstruct for Breida.

At that point Goodwin, an Olympic long jumper, flies into the left level, no protector inside 10 yards. Garoppolo lofts a pass that his grandma could have made. Goodwin has opportunity to browse his email before dancing in for the score.

Is it accurate to say that it was a weight pass in light of the fact that Goodwin was so wide open?

“It’s not hard,” Garoppolo said, “but it’s just nerve-racking, because you’re like, ‘If I miss this one, I’m on SportsCenter’s Not Top 10.’”

Goodwin, got some information about the weight to not drop such a simple pass, snickered and stated, “I’m an Olympian, so it’s no big pressure.”

The magnificence was in the play-calling.

“I’m not gonna give it away” by explaining the play, Goodwin said. “Just stuck to the plan, got lost in the shuffle, squeezed out the back end, Jimmy threw a perfect ball, and it was a walk-in. I just got lost. Being 5-9, it’s easy to get lost behind the D-line.”

Goodwin said he wasn’t shocked to be so wide open, and it wasn’t on the grounds that the Bengals had a monster mess-up. They just got out-foxed.

“Nah, that’s the way Kyle designed it. That’s exactly how it’s supposed to happen,” Goodwin said.

“It felt great, man, to score that early and help the team gain an advantage early in the game. I think it gave us some momentum, moving into the next few drives. We really got things rolling after that. The (Bengals’) defense has to be on their P’s and Q’s after that. They can’t really disguise anything. They gotta kind of play everything honest.”

On the off chance that the Bengals were astonished, they most likely shouldn’t have been.

“It’s something we ran a bunch,” Shanahan said. “You guys have seen it, (although) we never hit Marquise on it. Just faking a run one way, (Goodwin) coming out the other way, the guy (Goodwin) who’s usually cutting off the defensive end so you get the edge just slips through the whole defense, comes out the back side.”

Shanahan said the 49ers for the most part run that play with fullback Kyle Juszczyk at tight end. A 5-foot-9, 185-pound tight end clearly got the Bengals unsuspecting.

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