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Who were PFF’s highest- and lowest-graded 49ers players vs. the Falcons?

Dec 20, 2021 at 9:35 AM


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The San Francisco 49ers improved to 8-6 after a 31-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15.

Today, Pro Football Focus released its grades from the game. Which Niners played well, and who has more work to do?

Below are Pro Football Focus' five highest-graded 49ers players on offense against the Falcons.

  • Tom Compton, RT, 95.9, 57 snaps
  • George Kittle, TE, 91.0, 55 snaps
  • Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 88.0, 57 snaps
  • Deebo Samuel, WR, 78.6, 46 snaps
  • Laken Tomlinson, LG, 77.0, 57 snaps

Below are the five highest-graded 49ers players on defense.

  • Nick Bosa, DE, 91.0, 46 snaps
  • K'Waun Williams, CB, 81.0, 39 snaps
  • Fred Warner, LB, 79.4, 59 snaps
  • Arik Armstead, DE, 76.7, 43 snaps
  • Samson Ebukam, DE, 75.1, 32 snaps

Below are the three lowest-graded 49ers players on offense.

  • Daniel Brunskill, RG, 44.5, 57 snaps
  • Trent Sherfield, WR, 56.8, 5 snaps
  • Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 58.0, 56 snaps

Below are the three lowest-graded 49ers players on defense.


Quick Takeaways


Right tackle Tom Compton was the 49ers' highest-graded player for the first time this season. In fact, his 95.9 overall grade was a career-high for the veteran offensive lineman.

Sunday was tight end George Kittle's third consecutive game with a grade of 91.0-or-higher, and his fourth game of the season at least reaching that mark. No NFL tight end has been playing better football this season than Kittle, per Pro Football Focus. His 92.3 overall grade leads all tight ends and is the second-best single-season grade of his career.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo earned a season-high grade of 88.0. It's his best mark since Week 2 of the 2020 season. Garoppolo completed 18 of 23 passing attempts for 235 yards, a touchdown, and a passer rating of 123.7 against the Falcons, surpassing 3,000 passing yards on the season.

Defensive end Nick Bosa continues terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. His sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was his 15th of the season. Bosa is now just 4.5 sacks away from matching the 49ers franchise record of 19.5 sacks in a single season set by Aldon Smith in 2012. Sunday was Bosa's second consecutive game with a 91.0 overall Pro Football Focus grade. Both are season-highs, and Sunday's mark led all edge rushers in Week 15.

Cornerback K'Waun Williams also recorded a season-high overall grade. His 82.1 coverage grade was his highest since Week 16 of the 2019 season.

Linebacker Fred Warner's 90.4 run-defense grade was a career-high and his 82.8 tackling and 78.2 pass-rushing grades were his highest of the season.

Snap Counts


Offense
57 - Alex Mack (C), Daniel Brunskill (RG), Jimmy Garoppolo (QB), Laken Tomlinson (LG), Tom Compton (RT), Trent Williams (LT)
56 - Brandon Aiyuk (WR)
55 - George Kittle (TE)
50 - Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB)
46 - Deebo Samuel (WR)
30 - Kyle Juszczyk (FB)
25 - Jauan Jennings (WR)
13 - Charlie Woerner (TE)
5 - Trent Sherfield (WR)
3 - JaMycal Hasty (RB)
1 - Ross Dwelley (TE), Travis Benjamin (WR)

Defense
59 - Fred Warner (LB), Jimmie Ward (FS), Marcell Harris (LB)
56 - Ambry Thomas (CB), Josh Norman (CB)
54 - Jaquiski Tartt (FS)
46 - Nick Bosa (DE)
43 - Arik Armstead (DE)
39 - K'Waun Williams (CB)
34 - D.J. Jones (DT)
32 - Samson Ebukam (DE)
25 - Arden Key (DE)
21 - Kentavius Street (DT)
20 - Kevin Givens (DT)
14 - Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (LB)
12 - Charles Omenihu (DE), Jordan Willis (DE)
6 - Talanoa Hufanga (FS)
2 - Jarrod Wilson (SS)

Special Teams
20 - Charlie Woerner
18 - Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
17 - Jarrod Wilson
15 - Brian Hill, Deommodore Lenoir, Mitch Wishnowsky (P)
14 - Trent Sherfield, Tyrell Adams
12 - Dontae Johnson
11 - JaMycal Hasty, River Cracraft
9 - Arik Armstead, Ross Dwelley, Taybor Pepper (LS)
8 - D.J. Jones
7 - Jordan Willis
5 - Aaron Banks, Daniel Brunskill, Jake Brendel, Laken Tomlinson, Marcell Harris, Robbie Gould (K), Tom Compton
4 - Arden Key, Kyle Juszczyk, Talanoa Hufanga
3 - Charles Omenihu, Jimmie Ward
2 - Brandon Aiyuk
1 - Fred Warner, Jaquiski Tartt, K'Waun Williams, Nick Bosa, Samson Ebukam

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