Nick Bosa Gets Revenge, Defensive Player Of The Week Honors

By October 9, 2019 (12:23 pm)Football, Joe Dempsey
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Nick Bosa won NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Browns on Monday Night Football.

The former Ohio State defensive end, whom the 49ers selected No. 2 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, recorded four total tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries.

Being his dominant self Monday night, Bosa became the only 49ers player in the last 25 years to notch two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the same game, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Bosa won 36 percent of his pass-rush snaps against the Browns’ woeful offensive line, the highest rate by a first-year edge rusher who played at least 25 snaps in a single game since 2006, per Pro Football Focus.

In addition to helping San Francisco dismantle Cleveland, 31-3, Bosa garnered national notoriety for his extensive celebration following a takedown of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was penalized for intentional grounding. Although the penalty stood, it appeared Mayfield’s knee was down, and Bosa should have been credited with three sacks.

After the takedown, Bosa pretended to wave a flag and plant it into the turf, mocking Mayfield’s celebration after Oklahoma’s 31-16 against a Bosa-led Ohio State in 2017.

“I’m sure my Buckeyes fans know, but a couple years back, Baker planted the flag in the Horseshoe, so I had to get him back for it,” Bosa told ESPN in his postgame interview.

Numerous Buckeyes, including some who played against Mayfield and others who didn’t, took to Twitter to extend their support toward Bosa.

The Buckeyes who suffered that 15-point loss to Mayfield’s Sooners indicated that things would have went down differently had Mayfield erected the flag while they were still on the field.

 

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