Your San Francisco 49ers have now gone 7-0 for the season, after a decisive victory against the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium on Sunday. And rookie defensive end Nick Bosa was the star of the game with three sacks and an interception.
It was indeed the first time an NFL player had three sacks and an interception in a single game since 1982, according to ESPN. And this is the first time the Niners have gone 7-0 since 1990, and the second time in the franchise's history.
The only other team with a better record, because of one extra game, is the New England Patriots, who are at 8-0. And the drubbing of the Panthers, who are at 4-3, was pretty thorough with a final score of 51-13.
As Undisputed's Shannon Sharpe said on Sunday, "The San Francisco 49ers are legit, their front 7 is legit. Nick Bosa is the real deal. Are they going 16-0? No, I don't believe they're going 16-0. Would I be surprised if they went 14-2? Absolutely not."
Bosa was the Niners' first-round draft pick this season, coming out of Ohio State with a stellar record of 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles-for-a-loss in 29 college games. He's already being talked about for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, and/or Defensive Player of the Year, as NBC Sports reports.
Teammate Richard Sherman says he's not surprised by Bosa's performance, and it's just that the public is now catching up on the Bosa buzz. "We tried to explain it to you guys, honestly," Sherman says to Sports Illustrated. "That’s people not paying attention. I think him not having a preseason [due to an ankle injury], nobody got to see what we saw. ... But we saw it every day in practice."
"He puts them in the quarterback’s lap and has folded them up like folding chairs -- and you don’t see that. He’s like, ‘I’m dominating these guys.’"— 49ers on NBCS (@NBCS49ers) October 28, 2019
Richard Sherman hasn't been surprised by the early greatness of Nick Bosa. https://t.co/MAQs2r9fPs pic.twitter.com/GybWffbqIa
Nick Bosa is not human 👻 pic.twitter.com/ESQT7P1IzE— TheSFNiners (@TheSFNiners) October 28, 2019
Nick Bosa completely dominated yesterday and showcased exactly why he was touted as the best pass rusher coming into the draft.— ourSF49ers (@OSf49ers) October 28, 2019
He silenced more of his doubters with a monster game for the #49ers
-4 total tackles
-3 sacks for 25 yards
-3 QB hits
-1 INT pic.twitter.com/9dwqzeVLP3
As NBC Bay Area notes, Bosa is now tied with his brother Joey (who plays for the Chargers) with seven sacks in seven games, standing at fifth place in the league for sacks.
Next up, the Niners take on the 3-4 Cardinals on Thursday in Arizona.