The 49ers were able to make an early statement. But it wasn’t anything to do with the flag.
Taking advantage of a penalty on the kickoff return and a Cam Newton interception, the 49ers were able to get a field goal out of the deal for an early 3-0 lead on the road.
From there, the 49ers only trusted Blaine Gabbert to pass it once on their seven-play drive, which may be the most effective plan for them today.
Colin Kaepernick continued to kneel through the national anthem, continuing his protest against racism and police brutality. Safety Eric Reid again kneeled next to him, and four teammates (Antoine Bethea, Eli Harold, Jaquiski Tartt and Rashard Robinson) raised their right fists during the anthem.