The San Francisco 49ers kicked off the 2023 NFL season with a 23-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The 49ers were led by quarterback Trey Lance, who threw for 182 yards and a touchdown. Running back Elijah Mitchell also had a strong game, rushing for 104 yards.
The Steelers got off to a fast start, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. But the 49ers responded with two touchdowns of their own to take a 14-7 lead into halftime.
The Steelers tied the game early in the third quarter, but the 49ers pulled away with a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Steelers had a chance to tie the game late, but they were unable to convert on a fourth down attempt.
The 49ers’ victory was a promising start to the season for a team that is hoping to contend for a Super Bowl berth. Lance looked poised in his first NFL start, and Mitchell showed that he can be a reliable running back. The 49ers’ defense also played well, holding the Steelers to just 17 points.
The 49ers will look to build on their victory next week when they face the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are coming off a Super Bowl appearance, so it will be a tough test for the 49ers. But if they can play like they did against the Steelers, they will be in good shape to win.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the game:
- Trey Lance showed that he is ready to be the starting quarterback for the 49ers. He made some good throws and showed poise in the pocket.
- Elijah Mitchell is a force to be reckoned with in the running game. He ran hard and broke tackles all day long.
- The 49ers’ defense played well, holding the Steelers to just 17 points. They were able to get pressure on the quarterback and force some turnovers.
The 49ers are a young team with a lot of potential. If they can continue to play well, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC.