Week 15 of the NFL did not make the playoff picture clear. It is jacked up, which made the outing great. However, in regards to the NFL Regional Combine platform, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens stole the show.
Just as expected.
The Seattle Seahawks walked into Levi’s Stadium, all they needed to do was win and their spot in the tournament bracket would be locked in. The 49ers had revenge on their mind after being blown out in Week 13.
One of these squads were going to accomplish their mission and Mullens was determined to succeed in front of the home crowd as he is putting away questions about his ability to play in this league.
“I think I can play in the league, that’s for sure,” said Mullens following the game. “I believe that. But, as far as the extra stuff goes, I don’t really worry too much about it. You know, today I was focused on the game one play at a time and really just trying to end the streak against the Seahawks. It’s pretty cool that we got to do that as a team today.”
Mullens had his ups and downs, like most quarterbacks do against the Seahawks’ defense, early on, but overall he was on the money.
Mullens had just three incomplete passes in the first half and two of them were over thrown as he targeted tight end George Kittle. One pass in particular, Kittle had beaten Seahawks linebacker Austin Calitro, which would have been a 71-yard touchdown up the seam.
Despite a couple of drops late in the fourth quarter by wide receivers Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor, Mullens hooked up with wide receiver Dante Pettis for a beautiful 30-yard pass and catch.
On the 49ers’ first possession with 13:51 on the clock, Mullens took the ball from shotgun formation at their 25-yard line. Mullens threw a deep pass that dropped perfectly into Pettis’ hands while being covered tightly by Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin.
“Yeah, it was man coverage,” said Mullens. “It’s a play that we like against man coverage. As long as I just held the safety, then I like Dante on the matchup. He did a great job of giving me space to throw it and made a great catch with a wet ball. So, it was a great play.”
After throwing for 414 yards in Seattle two weeks ago, Mullens showcased another solid showing. He completed 20 of 29 attempts for 275 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions for a passer rating of 110.6.
Mullens does not back down no manner what situation presents as he aggressively attacks and attacks. And one of his highly respected teammates voiced it.
“Nick Mullens has stepped up to the moment week in and week out, and he’s showing he can play in this league,” stated Sherman, according to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. “I just hope we can keep him because teams need a quarterback.”
“This guy is not just playing like, ‘Oh, conservative football, get the ball to the right places,’” he added. “He’s making good throws under pressure. I’d say he’s playing like a top-half quarterback in this league. You’ve got guys that are out there right now that are not playing better football than Nick Mullens, and he could be a starter for a lot of teams in this football league.”
Mullens is making things very interesting.
-Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown helped his team make the stops they needed to comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished with eight tackles.
-New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland racked up three tackles, including a sack, against the Houston Texans. Copeland sacked Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in the first quarter for a four yard loss, but due to a defensive holding penalty, the play was negated. Nevertheless, the sack master got after Watson again midway in the third quarter for a nine yard loss with 8:05 left.
-Cornerback Kenny Moore II recorded four stops in the Indianapolis Colts’ shutout victory over the Dallas Cowboys.