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Grading the 49ers’ offensive performance at Washington

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How did Kyle Shanahan’s offense fare in a rain-filled matchup?

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San Francisco manages to escape the Nation’s capital with a win, despite a poor offensive showing. Part of it can be attributed to injuries, while another part could be due to the wet, slip-and-slide conditions at FedEx Field.

Head coach, Kyle Shanahan’s offense, managed only to put up 283 yards of total offense — down from their season average of 408 yards per game. They only scored nine points — after averaging nearly 30 points per game this season. It was ugly across the board, despite finding a way to add another “W” to the win column.

Let’s grade the individual offensive groups and see how they fared in Sunday’s matchup.

Offensive Play Calling — C+

The play-calling in the first half was simply inexplicable from Shanahan. It seemed like the offensive genius was overthinking a lot of play calls and costing the 49ers yards and points in the first half.

San Francisco had four total drives in the first half, punting on two, ending the half on one and missing a field goal on another. They only managed 67 total offensive yards in the first half against a reeling Washington defense playing in front of a lifeless crowd.

The play-calling improved in the second half, with three sustained drives into the Washington red zone — but they all stalled inside the 20-yard line. Shanahan’s calling near the goal line also seemed puzzling, leading to three Robbie Gould field goals.

Quarterback — B-

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is going to get killed for his lackadaisical interception in the second half, but it was how Garoppolo bounced back from that turnover that showed his true character.

After throwing the pick, Garoppolo led the 49ers on drives of 67, 55, and 56 yards, completing pass after pass on critical downs to help put the game away for the 49ers. His final stat line will not impress the talking heads on Monday morning, but in a game that San Francisco needed to have against an underwhelming opponent, Garoppolo made just enough plays to help his team walk out with a win.

Running Backs — B

The 49ers’ running game has really taken a step back since the injuries to full back Kyle Juszczyk and right tackle Mike McGlinchey. On Sunday, the running backs averaged 3.5 yards per carry, and the leading rusher (by average) was Garoppolo.

Running back Tevin Coleman was solid in the second half, finishing the game with 62 hard-fought yards on the ground. However, the backs were non-existent in the passing game — an area that they had excelled at in the previous weeks.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends — B-

The best part about the 49ers’ receiving corps is that it’s a different name each week. With wideout Deebo Samuel not playing due to a groin injury, wide receivers Kendrick Bourne and Richie James Jr. stepped up on Sunday. Bourne made huge plays in the second half, hauling in three passes from Garoppolo for 69 yards.

James Jr. had one catch on the afternoon, but it was a huge gain, going for 40 yards, really helping the offense move the ball on one of their scoring drives. Outside of the contribution from these two, Kittle was the only other noteworthy target, catching three of his five targets.

Offensive Line — A-

San Francisco’s offensive line held up for the most part against a tough Washington defensive line — coached by none other than coach Jim Tomsula (the name sounds familiar, right?).

With backups playing all over the line, they showed up and showed out on Sunday afternoon, protecting Garoppolo — who was only sacked twice in the afternoon. The running game still needs to get going, but keeping the franchise quarterback upright, for the most part, has been their biggest positive trait.