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Who were PFF’s highest- and lowest-graded 49ers players vs. Chiefs? Plus snap counts

Oct 24, 2022 at 9:42 AM--

The San Francisco 49ers dropped their record to 3-4 after a 44-23 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7. 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 Chiefs.

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

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

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

Quick Takeaways

Jimmy Garoppolo's 54.9 overall grade was his second-lowest this season (42.4 - Week 3). The quarterback finished the game, completing 25 of his 37 pass attempts for 303 yards, two touchdowns, an interception, and a passer rating of 99.3. His 65.2 overall grade for this season ranks No. 27 among NFL quarterbacks and is his lowest mark since 2018.

How did Christian McCaffrey do in his 49ers debut? He was the second-highest graded 49ers running back, behind the game's starter, Jeff Wilson Jr. McCaffrey carried the ball eight times for 38 yards (4.8 yards per carry) in his 22 snaps. He also hauled in two passes for 24 yards. Wilson was in on 26 snaps, carrying the ball seven times for 54 yards (7.7 yards per carry).

McCaffrey's 76.6 overall grade was on par with his performances in Carolina, save for one poor Week 5 outing (57.1) against the 49ers defense.

Aaron Banks played his best game of the season, earning the game's highest overall Pro Football Focus grade. While the Chiefs sacked Garoppolo five times, the 49ers guard didn't surrender a single pressure. And his run-blocking grade of 92.0 was impressive. Bank's 91.5 overall grade from the game is a career-high.

On the other side of the spectrum was right tackle Mike McGlinchey. He gave up four pressures and was responsible for two sacks on the way to his lowest grade of the season and his lowest mark since Week 5 last year (49.7).

Left tackle Trent Williams surrendered a sack and two pressures but was still the team's second-highest-graded offensive lineman. However, Williams' 84.2 overall grade this season is his lowest since arriving with the 49ers.

Wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud III earned a career-high grade of 90.2, hauling in four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown on his four targets. Tight end George Kittle came in second among the team's pass catchers with a 79.8 overall grade, his highest of the season.

Safety Talanoa Hufanga rebounded from two poorly-graded outings (58.0 - Week 5, 49.5 - Week 6) and earned the 49ers defense's top grade. His 77.0 overall grade this season still ranks in the top 10 among NFL safeties.

Other than Hufanga, the 49ers defense graded poorly against the pass. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes targeted starting cornerbacks Charvarius Ward (40.2 overall grade) and Deommodore Lenoir (47.0) 10 times, completing nine receptions for 152 yards. Safety Jimmie Ward (38.6), playing in the slot for 45 of his 56 snaps, was targeted six times, giving up six receptions for 42 yards and two touchdowns.

Mahomes targeted linebacker Fred Warner (64.9 overall grade) twice, completing two passes for 50 yards and a score.

Snap Counts

78 - Aaron Banks (LG), Jake Brendel (C), Mike McGlinchey (RT), Trent Williams (LT)
73 - Brandon Aiyuk (WR)
69 - George Kittle (TE)
68 - Jimmy Garoppolo (QB)
67 - Deebo Samuel (WR)
54 - Spencer Burford (RG)
38 - Kyle Juszczyk (FB)
32 - Jauan Jennings (WR)
26 - Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB)
24 - Daniel Brunskill (RT)
22 - Christian McCaffrey (RB)
20 - Ray-Ray McCloud III (WR)
13 - Tyrion Davis-Price (RB)
11 - Charlie Woerner (TE), Ross Dwelley (TE)
10 - Brock Purdy (QB)
8 - Danny Gray (WR)

64 - Fred Warner (LB), Tashaun Gipson Sr. (FS)
63 - Charvarius Ward (CB)
58 - Deommodore Lenoir (CB)
57 - Talanoa Hufanga (SS)
56 - Jimmie Ward (FS)
47 - Samson Ebukam (DE)
42 - Nick Bosa (DE)
38 - Charles Omenihu (DE)
36 - Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (LB), Dre Greenlaw (LB)
32 - Drake Jackson (DE)
26 - Hassan Ridgeway (DT)
25 - Kevin Givens (DT)
24 - Kerry Hyder (DT)
21 - Akeem Spence (DT)
8 - Ambry Thomas (CB)
7 - Tarvarius Moore (SS)

Special Teams
23 - George Odum, Oren Burks
21 - Charlie Woerner
16 - Curtis Robinson, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Tarvarius Moore
15 - Jauan Jennings
13 - Deommodore Lenoir, Ross Dwelley
11 - Robbie Gould (K)
9 - Samuel Womack
8 - Ambry Thomas, Ray-Ray McCloud III, Tyrion Davis-Price
7 - Charles Omenihu, Charvarius Ward, Fred Warner, Hassan Ridgeway, Kerry Hyder, Kevin Givens, Mitch Wishnowsky (P), Samson Ebukam
6 - Talanoa Hufanga, Taybor Pepper (LS)
5 - Aaron Banks, Blake Hance, Daniel Brunskill, Jaylon Moore, Kyle Juszczyk, Mike McGlinchey, Spencer Burford
2 - Jeff Wilson Jr., Tashaun Gipson Sr.
1 - Tevin Coleman

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