Marquise Goodwin, who has become the soul of the 49ers as he’s endured multiple tragedies this season, was taken off the field on a cart after absorbing a vicious blow to the head late in the first half.
He was diagnosed with a concussion and driven to a local hospital for evaluation. Kyle Shanahan said after the game that Goodwin would be released from the hospital and that he would fly back to San Jose with the team.
“I’m ok!” Goodwin tweeted two hours after the game ended. “No soreness, no headache, no memory loss, no anything. Thanks for the prayers & well wishes.”
Goodwin had just put his hands on a four-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo when defensive back Blake Countess delivered a hit that drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty and had the 49ers players fuming. Countess also was evaluated for a concussion.
Goodwin was knocked onto his back. His arms immediately shot in the air and left tackle Joe Staley and others frantically called for trainers. Goodwin eventually sat up and was gingerly placed into the back of a cart. He put his hands in the air and pointed his fingers as he was being driven off, drawing applause from a crowd that was full of 49ers fans.
His teammates, however, were left seething.
“I was p------ off. I was real p------ off,” said safety Adrian Colbert, who grew up with Goodwin in Wichita Falls, Texas. “I was really frustrated because, as a (defensive back), I feel you can control where you hit and where you aim. ... That guy, I feel like he did that on purpose.”
Said receiver Louis Murphy, who was so incensed he had to be escorted off the field by team staffers: “It reminded me of the preseason – dudes really just trying to make a name for themselves. I get it. But he hurt himself, too. He concussed himself.”
In the early-morning hours before the 49ers’ Week 10 game against the Giants, Goodwin and his wife dealt with the loss of their infant boy, who was delivered premature and stillborn. Earlier this month he went to Texas for a service for his father. Goodwin has worn all white since his son’s death. Murphy and the rest of the receivers wore all-white attire during the recent road trip in a show of solidarity.
Goodwin went through the NFL’s concussion protocol once previously this season but had been evaluated for a concussion four other times when he was with the Buffalo Bills.
In the first quarter he caught an eight-yard touchdown from Garoppolo on a play in which he initially went into the offensive backfield as if he was going to take a handoff, then reversed to the boundary. It was his second touchdown of the season, his first coming in the Giants game.
Sunday’s brutal hit meant that Goodwin finished the season with 962 yards, shy of the 1,000-yard mark. His previous season-high had been 431 yards.
Buckner banged up – The 49ers’ top defensive player, DeForest Buckner, left the game in the second quarter with a chest injury. He briefly returned before being pulled from the game for good.
Meanwhile, Reuben Foster exacerbated the neck and shoulder injury that had sent him to the sideline in recent games. His injury occurred midway through the fourth quarter and he did not return. Cornerback Dontae Johnson suffered a shoulder stinger but went back into the game.
Opponents set – Though the dates won’t be known until April, the 49ers’ 2018 opponents have been set.
They will host the Raiders, Bears, Broncos, Lions and Giants along with NFC West opponents – the Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks.
They will have just one east-coast trip next season, to Tampa Bay. They also will visit the Vikings, Packers, Chiefs, Chargers, Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks.
Last of Aaron Lynch? – Defensive end Aaron Lynch, who is scheduled to become a free agent in March, was inactive Sunday, the fourth time he’s been a healthy scratch this season.
Lynch had 12 1/2 sacks in his first two seasons with San Francisco. But due in part to a combination of injuries and a four-game suspension last year, he has just 2 1/2 sacks the last two seasons.
Lynch missed four games earlier this season with a calf strain. He’s been a healthy scratch in three additional games, including last week against Jacksonville.
Et cetera – Elvis Dumervil’s fourth-quarter sack gave him a team-best 6 1/2 for the season and saved him from having the lowest team high for sacks since Fred Dean’s mark of 3 1/2 in a strike-shortened 1982 season.
* Rookie George Kittle, who battled an array of injuries this season, had a season-high 100 receiving yards on four catches. His previous high had been 83 yards in Week 5 vs. Indianapolis.
* Long-time 49ers executive John McVay, and grandfather of Rams head coach Sean McVay, was spotted on the Los Angeles sideline chatting with 49ers general manager John Lynch before the game. The 49ers last year named their draft room in McVay’s honor.