We’ve gone over the takeaways from the San Francisco 49ers win over the Seattle Seahawks, as well as the winners and losers. Now it’s time to see what PFF has to say. Here is a look at the grades and snap counts from Sunday night’s game.
Offensive snap counts- 50 total snaps
Breida played eight snaps and had four carries. He ran like a player that wanted his job back. It was good to see the ball in Breida’s hands. No real surprises anywhere else, though it may say something about the level of trust in Kendrick Bourne as he only saw the field for ten snaps in what was a must-win game.
When Samuel is heavily involved, this offense is at its best. He brings a dynamic level on the perimeter that the 49ers do not have. It seemed as if Shanahan sensed that early on. Deebo gets an early touch, makes a play, and builds his confidence.
Kittle finished the season as PFF’s highest-graded tight end since 2006. He beat out Gronk’s 92.0 grade in 2011. Kittle led all tight ends in yards after the catch and missed tackles. Heading into Sunday’s game, the 49ers averaged 2.2 more yards per carry when Kittle played. He’s a superstar.
Juice could have had an even bigger day through the air had it not been for an illegal shift in the second quarter. On the play, Juszczyk was streaking down hash, but Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t see him. Kyle Shanahan came back to the play a quarter later, and Jusczyk was just as open. Shanahan is a brilliant mind.
Shanahan protected Jimmy but leaned on him as well when he needed to. Garoppolo only threw the ball 22 times, but he also completed 18 passes for 285 yards. Jimmy G was 6 for 7 on throws over ten yards for 134 yards. Of those 18 completions, 12 of them went for first downs. The 49ers were also 4-8 on third down. Garoppolo has been hyper-efficient this season, and if this is how he’ll play in the playoffs from a pocket presence standpoint, the 49ers are in good shape.
Defense- 75 total snaps
In a game that meant everything, DeForest Buckner played 86% of the snaps, and Nick Bosa and Arik Armstead were right there. If the 49ers do get Dee Ford back after the bye week, hopefully, he can take some pressure off those three, even if it means 5-10 fewer snaps.
Moseley came into the game cold, and the Seahawks went right at him. Moseley allowed two of his five targets to be completed, and also broke up a pass. Shanahan said on Monday that “he hasn’t had a chance to really think about it” on who will start. I imagine the rookie will continue to start in the playoffs.
We thought there would be extensive action for both Givens and Street, but the two barely played. We’ll be seeing those names later.
Top-five defensive grades
If you’re wondering, Nick Bosa finished with a 64.3, which is lower than Sheldon Day. Let’s just say I disagree with that one, as do I with Greenlaw’s grade. I thought the rookie was outstanding. Nine of his 11 solo tackles resulted in “stops,” which is Warner territory. But this also is a good example of how every play shouldn’t be weighed the same. Greenlaw made a difference early and often.
Sherman wasn’t targeted, but he finished with the second-highest grade of his career. Ward was nothing short of outstanding this season, and he stepped up when the defense needed him against Seattle. When the Seahawks ran play-action, Ward was all over the routes. He took plays away so Russell Wilson couldn’t throw it. Ward was targeted twice and didn’t allow a reception.
Buckner and Armstead both finished with over five total pressures, including a quarterback hit each. Buckner also had two run stops on the night. I remained impressed by the number of snaps the defensive line plays (the trio) without their play dropping off. They are in incredible shape.
PFF hasn’t been a fan of Warner all season. I remember his missed tackle, and Greenlaw was right there to clean up the play. Warner blitzed six times as Robert Saleh did everything he can to generate pressure. Warner had two pressures. He was downgraded for his coverage, where he allowed five receptions on seven targets for 35 yards. Warner was also flagged for a penalty.
They’ve been big on K’Waun when I felt like there have been more games like the one he had Sunday than not. Williams gave up five of his six targets for 46 yards and had a missed tackle. He struggled to defend the Seahawks’ receivers. Of those five receptions, four went for first downs. I wouldn’t be surprised if teams attack Williams in the playoffs. He’s great in the 49ers scheme but gets exposed in man coverage.
Speaking of, It’s been a rough go for Witherspoon, who allowed six of eight receptions to be caught for 71 yards. His two touchdowns allowed makes it four in two games. While Shanahan said there had been no decision made on who will start, it’s probably the guy that didn’t give up five first downs in eight targets. What a tale of two halves for ‘Spoon.