How Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers were graded by PFF for dominating Patriots

Jennifer Lee Chan
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How PFF graded Jimmy G, 49ers for dominant win vs. Patriots originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

For the second consecutive week, the 49ers dominated their opponent and their Pro Football Focus grades reflected their performance.

In the 49ers’ 33-6 win over the New England Patriots, coach Kyle Shanahan called a heavy run game. The 49ers ran the ball 37 times while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo attempted only 25 passes.

The offense was firing on all cylinders and has seemingly put its miscommunication issues from two weeks ago behind it. Jeff Wilson had a career day, racking up 112 yards on 17 carries before leaving the game with an ankle injury.

Rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk hit the century mark for the first time in his young career, catching six of his seven targets for 115 yards. He led the team in receptions and receiving yards. Deebo Samuel caught all five of his targets for 65 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, the 49ers sacked Patriots quarterbacks Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham once each. Newton and Stidham combined to go 15-for-25 for 162 yards and four interceptions.

Fred Warner continued to be the leader of the 49ers' defense. He has been used in both blitz packages and in coverage and has done all of it at a high level. He snagged his second interception of the season on Sunday.

Jamar Taylor was responsible for two interceptions and Emmanuel Moseley caught the third of his career. Without starting safeties Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt, the secondary held their own without making any egregious mistakes.

Here are some highlights from the 49ers commanding performance in New England, via PFF:

OFFENSE

OL Laken Tomlinson: He received the top grade on the team at 91.1 which was the highest of any guard in Week 7 heading into "Monday Night Football." He did not allow a quarterback pressure on the day.

WR Brandon Aiyuk: The rookie received an 89.0 overall grade catching six of seven targets for 115 yards. Five of his six receptions resulted in first downs.

FB Kyle Juszczyk: He received an 85.7 overall grade and was a force in the run game. He had four carries, all resulting in a first down or a touchdown and also had an 18-yard reception.

LT Trent Williams: He had an 84.8 overall grade, which was the second-highest among tackles in Week 7 heading into "Monday Night Football." He did not allow a quarterback pressure for the second consecutive week. 

RB Jeff Wilson Jr.:  After being listed as questionable all week, Wilson received an 84.3 overall grade with 17 carries for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Six of his carries resulted in either a first down or touchdown, which ties him for the most of any running back so far this week. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry after contact, most of any back so far this week with 10+ carries.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: He received an 80.7 overall grade, averaging 11.1 yards per attempt which is the highest of any starting quarterback so far in Week 7. He completed seven of his nine passes that were 10 yards or more downfield. One miss was the Hail Mary at the end of the half.

Offensive line: Garoppolo was under pressure on just five of his 27 dropbacks (18.5 percent) despite being blitzed on 11 of his 27 dropbacks (40.7 percent).

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DEFENSE

LB Azeez Al-Shaair: He received an 85.1 overall grade, including a 90.7 coverage grade which were both career highs. He also forced a fumble. 

DB Jamar Taylor: He scored an 83.8 overall grade and a 88.3 coverage grade. His two interceptions were his first since 2016.

LB Fred Warner: He received a 77.8 overall grade after picking off Newton once. Warner's 90.4 coverage grade on the season is the highest of any qualifying linebacker.

DL Kerry Hyder Jr.: He received a 74.8 overall grade, with a team-high three quarterback pressures.

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