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PFF recap of 49ers-Falcons

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The San Francisco 49ers 17-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons includes a variety of details we will be breaking down this week. David Neumann will be here with a look at Blaine Gabbert and Dontae Johnson, while Oscar Aparicio will be taking a look at Trenton Brown's work.

There will be more beyond that, but in the meantime, we have a quick look at grading and stats from Pro Football Focus. Most of their information is unavailable to the public, but 49ers analyst Jeff Deeney provides a weekly rundown of some notable numbers.

We'll dive deeper into this stuff later in the week, but I figured people might be interested in what these say. The numbers can adjust after a PFF re-watch, but this gives us a starting point for a lot of areas. Most notable involves pressure. We see information regarding Blaine Gabbert's work when under pressure, and the blitzing the 49ers employed on defense.


  • Blaine Gabbert earned a +2.0 grade on the day, +1.3 of that from rushing.
  • Gabbert was pressured on 53% of his dropbacks (16/30) but was not sacked
  • Gabbert's average depth of target on the day was 8.4 yards, which is just higher than Kaepernick's on the year (7.7)
  • Andrew Tiller played the majority of snaps at right guard and earned a +1.6 overall grade and a clean sheet pass protecting
  • Marcus Martin finished with a -4.0 overall grade and continues to rank last among centers
  • Erik Pears had a -2.6 overall grade and allowed six hurries on the day


  • Arik Armstead had a +1.9 pass rush grade, compiling a hit and four hurries in 22 pass rushes
  • Tony Jerod-Eddie (+0.4) played 22 snaps all paired up with Armstead (usually Carradine's role) in sub package. All 22 plays were pass plays. Jerod-Eddie only registered one hurry but had two batted passes.
  • 49ers blitzed on 31 of Ryan's 48 dropbacks (65%). Ryan averaged 4.9 YPA and 74.1 rating when blitzed, 10.1 YPA and 127.6 when not blitzed.
  • NaVorro Bowman blitzed Ryan on 18 occasions, a career high (previous high was 13 on MNF opener vs. MIN). Bowman had a sack, two hits, and three hurries.
  • Top grades in coverage went to Marcus Cromartie (+1.1, 3/5 33 yards allowed) and Jimmie Ward (+0.9, 6/9 36 yards allowed)             

Signature Stats

  • Gabbert when under pressure was 9/13, 105 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 87.0 rating
  • All four of Phil Dawson's kickoffs were returned yesterday, giving Atlanta an average starting field position of the 31.5 yard line. Bradley Pinion has a 76% touchback rate (4th highest) on the year.