EditorsNote: Adds how far Jackson returned INT, corrects length of missed FG in graf 6; other minor edits
Behind a three-touchdown performance from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the visiting San Francisco 49ers dominated the Cincinnati Bengals 41-17 on Sunday.
Garoppolo threw for 297 yards while completing 17 of 25 attempts. The sixth-year pro completed passes to eight different players. Rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel led the way with five catches for 87 yards and a score.
After holding the Bengals (0-2) to a three-and-out to start the game, the 49ers (2-0) needed only four plays to reach the end zone on their first possession. On a play-action pass, Garoppolo hit a wide-open Marquise Goodwin for a 38-yard touchdown.
Cincinnati responded with a nine-play, 69-yard drive that concluded with Andy Dalton hitting tight end Tyler Eifert for a 1-yard touchdown.
But the game did not stay tied for much longer. About four minutes later, Garoppolo hit running back Raheem Mostert on a screen pass, and Mostert went 39 yards unscathed for six.
On the next San Francisco possession, William Jackson picked off Garoppolo and returned it 19 yards to the 49ers’ 26-yard line. But Cincinnati could not capitalize, as Randy Bullock missed a 52-yard field-goal attempt.
Six plays later, Jeff Wilson Jr. ran into the end zone from 2 yards out. Robbie Gould nailed a 33-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the first half to give the 49ers a 24-10 halftime lead.
After the break, Garoppolo marched San Francisco down the field and hit Samuel for a 2-yard score, the first touchdown of the second-round pick’s career.
After Gould hit another field goal in the third, Wilson scored his second touchdown of the game — this time from 4 yards — on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the 49ers up 41-10.
In the final minute, Dalton found John Ross for a 66-yard touchdown for the final margin.
San Francisco picked up 572 total yards of offense compared to Cincinnati’s 316. On the ground, Matt Breida rushed for 121 yards on 12 carries for the 49ers, who totaled 259 rushing yards.
Dalton was 26 for 42 with 311 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Bengals could not get anything going on the ground, accumulating only 25 rushing yards for the entire game.
—Field Level Media