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PFF grades and snap counts from the 49ers win over the Rams

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Dee Ford with the highest graded game of the season

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The San Francisco 49ers took it to the Rams on Sunday in a 20-7 win. Here are the snap counts on both sides of the ball, along with the five highest and lowest PFF grades for the 49ers.

Offense-77 snaps

QB - Jimmy Garoppolo: 77 snaps

RB - Tevin Coleman: 43

Matt Breida 27

Raheem Mostert 7

Tight end - George Kittle: 64

Levine Toilolo 37

Ross Dwelley 32

Wide receiver - Dante Pettis: 55

Deebo Samuel 47

Marquise Goodwin 47

Kendrick Bourne 22

Richie James Jr. 4

Coleman finished the game with 20 touches, while Breida had 17 touches. I’m sure that’s the type of balance Kyle Shanahan wants. Garoppolo dropped back to pass 35 times, so there’s your run/pass balance if you’re into that.

It’s still anyone’s guess to who the next wide receiver will be after Kittle. The star tight end was targeted eight times, Pettis six, and Samuel five. It feels like the first half of the season is Shanahan figuring out who he can rely on. It’ll be interesting to see the roles in this offense come December.

Top 5 PFF Grades

Kittle 85.4

Breida 76.0

Brunskill 75.2

Pettis 69.3

Toilolo 67.9

Finally, Kittle makes this list. Other than a few runs from Breida, Pettis is the only player that stood out offensively, so these grades make sense. It’s nice to see Brunskill listed. PFF had Brunskill as the only offensive lineman to now allow any pressure.

Five worst graded Niners

Richburg 51.0

Coleman 48.3

Dwelley 47.2

Person 37.4

Tomlinson 35.5

Three offensive linemen listed. When you run for 2.4 yards on 41 carries, it makes sense. I’d guess Coleman didn’t create for himself. PFF had Person giving up seven pressures. Tomlinson gave up four, and Richburg gave up three. So, just like we thought. Justin Skule and Brunskill allowing the least amount of pressure. Counterpoint: Aaron Donald. I wonder how much helping the tackles led to exposing the interior lineman 1-on-1.

Defense-52 snaps

DL - DeForest Buckner 48

Nick Bosa 43

Arik Armstead 40

Solomon Thomas 25

Dee Ford 21

Ronald Blair 15

D.J. Jones 12

Sheldon Day 6

Linebackers - Fred Warner 52

Kwon Alexander 52

Dre Greenlaw 4

Defensive backs - Emmanuel Moseley 52

Jaquiski Tartt 52

Jimmie Ward 52

Richard Sherman 47

K’Waun Williams 27

D.J. Reed 19

Dontae Johnson 5

Williams hurt his hamstring, and Reed filled in admirably. Ward played in the slot with Williams out, and he is an upgrade in coverage. That was surprising that Tarvarius Moore is an afterthought now. Sherman missed five snaps with a stinger. That’s what I initially thought it was, so it’s good to hear the injury wasn’t serious. Sherman returned to the game.

The Rams are a heavy 11 personnel team, so it’s no surprise to see Greenlaw and the one-techniques play so few snaps. Thomas played the second-most snaps he has all season, and he came up with a big sack. He also had a nice run stop in the game.

Top 5 PFF grades

Ford 94.9

Armstead 90.3

Ward 89.3

Thomas 77.8

Bosa 71.3

Ford’s grade is the highest graded game by any 49er this season. He’s been tremendous all season, he just hasn’t played extensive snaps. Ford was credited with five pressures, including two sacks, a stop, and a forced fumble.

Armstead continues his stellar season with four pressures, including a sack. Ward didn’t allow a reception on three targets. Both of his pass breakups were huge. He looks very good in two weeks of action.

Bosa had four pressures on the day.

Five worst graded Niners

Warner 56.8

Jones 51.9

Blair 51.1

Alexander 40

Williams 38.8

Williams missed a tackle, but he didn’t allow a reception in either of his targets. PFF had Alexander for four missed tackles. Blair was credited for a sack but only had one other pressure. Warner allowed some yards after the catch, including missing a tackle.