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PFF’s highest- and lowest-graded 49ers players vs. Seahawks, plus snap counts

Jan 15, 2023 at 9:20 AM--

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The San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks 41-23 during the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. 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 Seahawks.

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

Quarterback Brock Purdy just missed the top five offensive 49ers players, coming in sixth by earning an overall Pro Football Focus grade of 73.6. He has earned grades of 70.3-or-higher over his last five games. Purdy completed 18 of his 30 pass attempts for 332 yards and three touchdowns to go along with four carries for 16 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Purdy's 332 passing yards are the second-most by an NFL rookie in his first career playoff start. Only Sammy Baugh had more (335), and that was in 1937. Only Joe Montana has thrown for more passing yards in a playoff contest in 49ers history. Montana threw for 357 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 23 and 347 yards against Washington in the 1984 season's NFC Championships Game.

Linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles earned the game's highest grade. However, his snap count was limited to 18. His 89.7 overall grade was a career-high.

Defensive end Charles Omenihu earned a season-high overall grade of 89.5. He registered three tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Omenihu led the game with five pressures.

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel was the highest-graded offensive player in the game. His 89.4 overall grade was his highest since Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans during the 2021 season (90.1). Samuel finished the game with six receptions for 133 yards, including a 74-yard reception and a touchdown. He also had three carries for 32 yards. Samuel's 74-yard reception was the second longest in franchise postseason history (Terrell Owens, 76 yards vs. Giants in NFC Wild Card on January 5, 2003).

Cornerback Deommodore Lenoir's overall grade of 84.9 is a career-high. He allowed just two receptions for 16 yards on four targets. In addition, Lenoir registered five tackles and an interception, the first of his postseason career.

Guard Spencer Burford's 77.2 overall grade was his second-highest of the season. He didn't allow a single pressure in his 15 pass-blocking snaps.

Tight end George Kittle finished the game with two receptions for 37 yards. His 76.6 overall grade was his second-highest ever during the postseason (88.5 vs. Packers, Divisional Round last season).

While Purdy ranked sixth among the highest-graded 49ers players on offense, tackle Trent Williams and running back Christian McCaffrey came in seventh and eighth.

Williams' 73.3 overall grade was his highest since Week 15 against the Seahawks (80.4). He allowed one pressure in 34 pass-blocking snaps.

McCaffrey had 15 carries for 119 yards, including a 68-yard carry, and hauled in two receptions for 17 yards and a touchdown. His 68-yard run was the third-longest run in franchise postseason history and the longest since Roger Craig's 80-yard scamper on January 8, 1989 (the other was Hugh McElhenny's 71-yard run vs. Lions on December 22, 1957). McCaffrey's effort against the Seahawks marked his first postseason game of 100-or-more rushing yards and the first by a member of the 49ers since Raheem Mostert's 220 rushing yards against the Packers on January 19, 2020 (NFC Championship Game).

Snap Counts

65 - Aaron Banks (LG), Brock Purdy (QB)
62 - Jake Brendel (C), Mike McGlinchey (RT), Trent Williams (LT)
58 - Brandon Aiyuk (WR)
57 - George Kittle (TE)
50 - Deebo Samuel (WR)
48 - Christian McCaffrey (RB)
35 - Spencer Burford (RG)
33 - Daniel Brunskill (RG), Kyle Juszczyk (FB)
26 - Jauan Jennings (WR)
14 - Elijah Mitchell (RB), Tyler Kroft (TE)
8 - Ray-Ray McCloud III (WR)
7 - Charlie Woerner (TE), Danny Gray (WR)
3 - Colton McKivitz (RT), Jaylon Moore (LT), Jordan Mason (RB)

50 - Charvarius Ward (CB), Deommodore Lenoir (CB), Fred Warner (LB), Talanoa Hufanga (SS), Tashaun Gipson Sr. (FS)
49 - Dre Greenlaw (LB)
40 - Nick Bosa (DE)
36 - Arik Armstead (DT)
34 - Azeez Al-Shaair (LB), Charles Omenihu (DE), Jimmie Ward (CB)
32 - Samson Ebukam (DE)
30 - Javon Kinlaw (DT), Jordan Willis (DE)
29 - Kevin Givens (DT)
20 - Kerry Hyder (DT)
19 - Oren Burks (LB), T.Y. McGill (DT)
18 - Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (LB), George Odum (FS), Janoris Jenkins (CB), Samuel Womack (CB), Tarvarius Moore (FS)

Special Teams
25 - Charlie Woerner
21 - George Odum, Oren Burks
19 - Jordan Willis
17 - Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Jordan Mason, Tarvarius Moore
16 - Robbie Gould (K), Samuel Womack
13 - Janoris Jenkins
11 - Tyler Kroft
8 - Mitch Wishnowsky (P), Ray-Ray McCloud III, Taybor Pepper (LS)
7 - Aaron Banks, Colton McKivitz, Daniel Brunskill, Jake Brendel, Jaylon Moore, Spencer Burford, Talanoa Hufanga
5 - Kyle Juszczyk
4 - Fred Warner, Jauan Jennings
3 - Charvarius Ward, Deommodore Lenoir, Jimmie Ward, Kerry Hyder, Samson Ebukam, T.Y. McGill, Tashaun Gipson Sr.
2 - Charles Omenihu
1 - Azeez Al-Shaair, Christian McCaffrey, Danny Gray, Dre Greenlaw, George Kittle, Javon Kinlaw

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