The San Francisco 49ers beat the New York Giants -- barely -- and there was a lot to be critical about over the course of the game. Most of that fell on the play of the offense, whether you think Colin Kaepernick, the play-calling or his receivers were to blame (or, you know, all of the above). But one of the usual culprits actually played pretty well this time around: the offensive line.
Each week, I break down the sacks allowed, but this time around there was only the one. The sack that was allowed was pretty pathetic and all, but it was a slip-up in what was generally a very strong game in regards to pass protection and run blocking.
Since I had some extra time, I decided to make GIFs of the 49ers sacks as well as the sacks allowed. I'm including the sack that was also wiped away by a penalty as well, because ... I can. Let's get to it, shall we?
First Sack Allowed: 1st and 10 at SF 49, 4:49 in 1st Quarter: Kaepernick sacked for -8 yards
You hate to see a guy come in unblocked like that, especially when it looks like this play is a designed run for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. To me, the biggest issue with this play is that it was designed with Alex Boone rolling outside in mind, with Anthony Davis kicking inside to block. I think that missed time was enough to allow the guy to go in unblocked and stop the play before it ever had a chance.
I don't think any 49ers players necessarily screwed up on the play, I just think it's bad play design. You have to question whether or not that's something that Kaepernick should have changed at the line based on what the defense was showing, but it's more a broken play than an egregious mistake, in my opinion.
First Sack: 2nd and 10 at NYG 20, 1:04 in 2nd Quarter: Manning sacked for -8 yards (Smith), PENALTY on Wilhoite, No Play
Michael Wilhoite was called for holding on this play, and as you can kind of see in the GIF, it was totally justified. I have no problems with this call, even though I don't think Eli Manning ever had a chance to find that receiver. It's just a shame that Aaron Lynch wasn't given credit for this sack because he flat-out abused Charles Brown on the play. He pushed him down and Manning could do nothing. Also of note: Aldon Smith was pushing his guy back and kind of got in on the sack at the end.
Second Sack: 2nd and 7 at NYG 25, 14:24 in 3rd Quarter: Manning sacked for -6 yards (McDonald), fumble, recovered by New York
There's not a whole lot about this play other than the 49ers simply out-playing New York's offensive line. They originally rush four and all four get some solid push on the offensive line. You'll notice Lynch is double-teamed and is given a huge buffer by the blockers. Ray McDonald is the one who comes down with this sack, and he does it with a strong second effort. Just a solid play in a big istuation.
Third Sack: 3rd and 13 at NYG 19, 13:30 in the 3rd Quarter: Manning sacked for -9 yards (Lynch)
Speaking of solid plays in big situations, this sack came immediately after the McDonald sack and once again, the 49ers are simply rushing four. All four, once again, get solid push. McDonald is kind of the key to this play, as he splits the blockers and gets the initial pressure on Manning. Lynch pulls a solid move to get inside after McDonald splits the blockers and Manning has no chance.