There wasn’t the weather to point to after this loss. The Cleveland Browns’ stout defense wasn’t on the field. The 49ers had an extra day to prepare. Yet, Monday night felt like the total team loss, like Week 6 in Cleveland. Every phase of the game failed the team at different points. Let’s look at the snap counts by position and some statistics from Monday’s loss in Minnesota.
Quarterbacks - Brock Purdy 53
The two interceptions in the fourth quarter will be the focus of Purdy’s performance. Up until that point, Purdy was playing well. A few missed throws aside, the offense moved the ball, but a fumble in the red zone and a missed field goal took points off the board for the 49ers. The offense finished with 17 points for the second consecutive game. Purdy finished with 21/30, 272 yards, a touchdown, two interceptions, and an 81.5 passer rating.
Running Backs - Christian McCaffrey 53, Kyle Juszczyk 22, Elijah Mitchell 4
After a questionable tag all week and an oblique injury, McCaffrey played every down and scored two more touchdowns. Unfortunately, the fumble in the red zone was costly and has occurred in two of the last three games. Mitchell was a non-factor on Monday. The running game was stifled by the Vikings defense.
Wide Receiver - Brandon Aiyuk 52, Jauan Jennings 39, Ray-Ray McCloud III 19, Chris Conley 1
Aiyuk started the game hot but was not involved in the second half. Jennings led the receivers in targets with nine, and both finished with five catches. McCloud was the only other receiver to log a reception.
Offensive Line - Spencer Burford 53, Aaron Banks 53, Jaylon Moore 53, Colton McKivitz 53, Jake Brendel 53
Banks and Burford led the team with the highest pass-blocking grade at 81.5. Moore finished second, replacing Trent Williams at 74.5. McKivitz allowed five hurries and six pressures. Every other lineman allowed one hurry and one pressure each.
Tight End - George Kittle 51, Charlie Woerner 21, Ross Dwelley 3
Kittle shined on primetime TV again. Five catches, 78 yards, and 15.6 yards per reception on Monday night as the second-highest targeted pass catcher with seven targets adds to Kittle’s primetime resume. Dwelley contributed one catch for 12 yards.
Defensive Line - Nick Bosa 64, Javon Hargrave 47, Clelin Ferrell 40, Javon Kinlaw 25, Randy Gregory 21, Kevin Givens 19, Drake Jackson 15
Bosa led the team with six pressures, but the defensive line didn’t finish with a single sack. The line finished with 15 pressures. Kirk Cousins diced up the secondary and wasn’t under enough pressure on Monday night. Jackson’s snaps continue to decline week-to-week.
Linebackers - Fred Warner 69, Dre Greenlaw 66, Oren Burks 28, Dee Winters 1
Warner was the highest-graded overall defender and run defender at 85.4 overall and 91.6 in run defense. Greenlaw was second as a run defender with 84.1. Warner and Greenlaw combined for ten defensive stops, but Greenlaw was targeted nine times and allowed nine catches. Warner was targeted seven times and allowed six receptions.
Secondary - Talanoa Hufanga 70, Charvarius Ward 70, Tashaun Gipson, Sr. 70, Deommodore Lenoir 69, Isaiah Oliver 42
Hufanga was the highest-graded tackler at 86.8. Ward started the game with an interception on the first drive but was dinged for the long Jordan Addison touchdown before the end of the first half. Ward was penalized twice and allowed a 111.0 passer rating when targeted.