The San Francisco 49ers winning streak dramatically came to an end on Monday Night Football, losing 33-19 to a dominating Baltimore Ravens performance. While the Niners were able to keep pace with the Ravens in the first half, everything fell apart at Levi’s Stadium after halftime.
Here are position-by-position grades from the game:
Brock Purdy didn’t get a lot of help from his offensive line and was not at fault for all four of his interceptions, but that does not mean he played well, either. Moreover, his offensive weapons showed up and made a big impact when they got the ball in their hand. Purdy is a point guard, and he just turned the ball over too much. Sam Darnold didn’t look like a new version of himself in relief either.
Running backs: A-
While Purdy had the worst performance of his pro career, Christian McCaffrey showed why he’s the most deserving MVP candidate on the 49ers. It was not enough, but he racked up 131 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 20 touches.
Wide receivers: B
Brandon Aiyuk hauled in 6 of his 7 targets for 113 receiving yards. Deebo Samuel, though, was unable to take over the game. Despite a team-high 12 targets, Samuel only had 4 catches for 47 receiving yards. Ronnie Bell was the only other receiver with a highlight, a 12-yard receiving touchdown.
Tight ends: A
It was a signature George Kittle performance. He was an impact blocker, had a 58-yard reception, and amassed nearly 130 receiving yards.
Offensive line: D
Injuries depleted the 49ers offensive line over the course of the game and facing a talented Ravens defense, that caused a lot of problems. The Niners offensive line got worse as the game went on, in part because San Francisco was forced to throw more. They actually did a decent job in the run game but were simply too far behind in the fourth quarter to rely on that.
Defensive line: B-
This grade might seem high for the 49ers defensive line, but Lamar Jackson is a unique talent. Defensive lines often face a trade off between generating pressure and allowing massive runs. Jackson had a good game, and was not consistently under duress, but the Niners line was a factor.
It happens to everyone. Fred Warner had a bad game. Warner is seemingly always a step ahead defensively, but the Ravens found a way to flip the script on him. He missed tackles, committed multiple penalties, and just looked out of sorts. Dre Greenlaw was solid, but the Niners normally dominant linebacker corp had a mediocre game.
Despite the Ravens successful day, it was not because their receiving corp dominated. Zay Flowers was Baltimore’s only pass catcher to accumulate at least 15 receiving yards. Most of Jackson’s damage as a passer came by finding his tight ends and running backs against the Niners linebackers and safeties.
The 49ers felt Talanoa Hufanga’s injury for the first time against the Ravens. Baltimore took advantage of Tashaun Gipson, drawing multiple penalties and capitalizing on some coverage mistakes from the veteran starter. Hufanga’s elite playmaking ability may have helped cover it up, but rookie Ji’Ayir Brown looked clearly overmatched.
Special teams: B
The 49ers special teams was not the problem on Monday Night. Jake Moody made all his kicks, Mitch Wishnowsky had a booming 57-yard punt. The closest thing to a blemish was a 26-yard punt return by Tylan Wallace.