The 49ers played an all-around great game on Sunday in Los Angeles,, with an emphasis on great defense. With a 20-7 win, they made a statement against their division rival Rams.. Lets go through five players that stood out to me in the big win. These are in no particular order, and may not be the top-five players with the best stats either.
The young wide receiver came to play on Sunday. Finishing the day with three receptions for 45 yards on 6 targets, with a long of 21 yards. While those numbers may not scream out at you, Dante made some clutch catches. He is certainly doing his best to fight the narrative that he shies away from contact. He was not afraid to go up and get the ball in traffic, and then fight off defenders for more yards. Not to mention he made an absolutely insane catch in the back of the end zone, but unfortunately was pushed out of bounds before getting both feet it. I was extremely hyped to see Pettis have a nice game, and i hope it’s a sign of things to come.
— 49ersHive (@49ersHive) October 14, 2019
Hell of a route Dante Pettis! Great run after catch as well! pic.twitter.com/z2s5xIFMgQ
— CrockTIME (@eric_crocker) October 13, 2019
I thought the ball placement here was actually pretty damn good.Gave my boy @dmainy_13 a chance to catch,and he delivered!
Throws like these are what define a QB, how to put your offense in a GREAT position.JG has that ability
Give the man time,and he’s gonna do a damn crime pic.twitter.com/zSo64SG0Ov
— Perry (@Perry_49ers) October 14, 2019
Dee Ford — the 49ers’ big off-season trade. He was brought in to help solve their pass-rush (or lack thereof), and boy, has he! Ford has been plagued with knee tendinitis, but last week he was able to practice the most before a game — allowing him to play the most snaps as a 49er yet (22). Per PFF, he totaled 5 total pressures, 2 sacks, 3 QB hurries, 1 TFL, 1 forced fumble and finished with a 94.9 elite overall grade. As the season goes on, the 49ers defensive line, one of the deepest and most talented in the NFL, will likely be key to winning games. It’s safe to say Lynch’s investment has already paid off.
What Rob DIDN'T tell you all is that Dee Ford has done all of this in just 119 snaps.
While Frank Clark took 359 snaps to accomplish his numbers.
— Michael Andrews (@49ersMike_NFL) October 15, 2019
The secret is out, the @49ers have a pair of deadly pass rushers.
Pass Rushing Productivity
1. Nick Bosa: 14.3
2. Dee Ford: 11.8
3. Clay Matthews: 11.5
3. Marcus Davenport: 11.5 pic.twitter.com/2JAvbVLls7
— PFF SF 49ers (@PFF_49ers) October 15, 2019
Bosa is playing at an elite level, which is insane because he’s only played five games in the NFL. He’s doing everything he can to make a name for himself, and quickly step out of the shadow of older brother Joey Bosa with the Los Angeles Chargers. Bosa opened up the game on Sunday by literally bulldozing the Rams offensive lineman into Jared Goff. The 49ers have desperately needed to get production out of the pass-rush, and Bosa is doing just that. The 49ers appear to have struck gold so far with this rookie, and I cannot wait to see him continue develop and wreak havoc for years to come.
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 14, 2019
Was talking about this w/ @BrandonThornNFL, and I think Nick Bosa is as close to being considered a tier 1 player at his position as any rookie I can recall.
I don’t ever really put rookies in tier 1, but he’s played at that level. No doubt in my mind he’ll sustain it too.
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) October 16, 2019
When we previewed the game on Saturday, I stressed that the 49ers needed to have a good game out of Jimmy Garoppolo in order to win this game. While it wasn’t as close as I had predicted then, it was still important that he had a good game. Garoppolo’s numbers aren’t going to pop off of the page (24/33, 243 yards, 1 rushing TD and 1 INT), but they were good enough to win the game for San Francisco. Besides a bad interception in the end zone, which you can likely either blame that on miscommunication or incorrect routes, Garoppolo had a solid game. He made some clutch knows when the team needed to keep drives alive, and that’s exactly what this team will need from him moving forward. I think as Jimmy continues to feel better and better (not only physically, but mentally as well), we’ll see even better games out of him — and hopefully less interceptions.
Jimmy G's stats aren't showing the whole story. When he's facing pressure, he's typically extending the play and finding the right receiver. This throw illustrates the value he's brought to the 49ers offense. He and George Kittle keep the chains moving pic.twitter.com/RexkU5nWsE
— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) October 16, 2019
Another “BIG BOY” throw from JG here
Personally my favorite, but Person gets beat here by the IDL.. pressure in his face..
— Perry (@Perry_49ers) October 14, 2019
Is this even a surprise in the slightest? 49ers superstar tight end George Kittle was injured heading into Sunday’s showdown in Los Angeles, and apparently there was talk about him might not even being able to finish the game. Do you think that slowed him down in the slightest? Not one bit. Kittle hauled in 8 receptions for 103 yards on 8 targets, with a long of 45. He continues to be the best player on the field every game day. Kittle is the highest-rated player in the entire NFL by PFF. Let that sink in — the 49ers have the highest rated player in the entire NFL, and they got him in the fifth round! Expect nothing but greatness from GK85, even if his overall numbers may be down this season due to the 49ers having more weapons on offense.
— NFL (@NFL) October 13, 2019
George Kittle continues to reinforce why he's the best tight end in football.
YAC: 205 (2nd)
Missed Tackles: 7 (2nd)
Run-Blockking: 72.9 (5th)
— PFF SF 49ers (@PFF_49ers) October 14, 2019
Bonus: Jimmie Ward
Ward played lights out on Sunday. He repeatedly broke up passes that came his way. i think its safe to say he hears all the fans complaining that he was brought back. All I have to say is, whatever lights that fire! I’d love to see more of this Jimmie Ward, because the 49ers could definitely use another defensive back playing at a high level.
Maybe playing so many positions is paying off for Jimmie Ward: Consecutive clutch plays, one he outmuscles 6-3, 240 Gerald Everett, the other he beats the much quicker Cooper Kupp. When building an adaptable secondary, this was the 49ers' ultimate goal on film: pic.twitter.com/XVmRbZEjAZ
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) October 14, 2019