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PFF’s best and worst graded 49ers players vs. Packers, plus snap counts

Jan 21, 2024 at 9:49 AM--

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The San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 24-21 during the Divisional 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 Packers.

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

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

  • Kyle Juszczyk, FB, 36.8, 26 snaps
  • Ray-Ray McCloud III, WR, 54.3, 18 snaps
  • Charlie Woerner, TE, 55.5, 10 snaps

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

Quick Takeaways

Linebacker Dre Greenlaw nearly earned the game's highest grade with an impressive 89.9 overall, falling just short of Packers defensive tackle Karl Brooks, who secured a 90.8 overall grade, albeit in just 16 snaps. Greenlaw's grade was his highest of the season and his highest since the Divisional Playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings in his rookie 2019 season (91.2).

Greenlaw's impactful performance included eight tackles, a tackle for a loss, two interceptions (including the game-clincher), and two passes defensed. He also led the team with a 74.8 run-defense grade, an 81.9 tackle grade, and an 87.7 coverage grade. That's not bad for a player who was listed as "questionable" to play due to Achilles tendinitis.

Quarterback Brock Purdy struggled to establish much rhythm on offense but came up big on the 49ers' final offensive drive, leading the team on a 12-play, 69-yard game-winning touchdown drive in the closing minutes. Purdy completed 23 of 39 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown. However, his overall grade of 59.7 was his lowest since Week 6 against the Cleveland Browns and even worse than his four-interception game in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens (64.9).

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel played only nine snaps before exiting the game with a shoulder injury. Despite the limited playing time, Samuel's 85.7 overall grade led the 49ers' offense, marking his highest since Week 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles, when he earned an 86.1 overall grade, and his third-highest mark of the season (88.6 in Week 3). He finished the game with two receptions for 24 yards.

Tackle Trent Williams allowed two pressures, a hit, and a hurry in 43 pass-blocking snaps. His 82.5 overall and 82.5 run-blocking grades led all offensive linemen in the game, and his 79.9 pass-blocking grade was bested only by two players—Packers center Josh Myers (85.4) and 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (81.0).

The only 49ers offensive lineman to allow a sack in the game was guard Jon Feliciano, who still earned the third-highest grade (79.9) among his offensive teammates. He also allowed four pressures and three hurries in his 36 pass-blocking snaps but earned the game's second-highest run-blocking grade (80.8).

Wide receiver Jauan Jennings played 40 snaps in his return from a concussion. His 77.1 overall grade was his highest mark since Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings (78.2). Jennings' 70.7 overall grade this season is a career-high. He finished the game with five receptions for 61 yards on six targets.

Tight end George Kittle finished the game with four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. While his 67.5 overall grade was enough to earn him a spot among the five highest-graded 49ers offensive players, his 36.9 run-blocking grade was a career-low.

Running back Christian McCaffrey finished the game with 128 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.8 yards per carry. His pass-blocking grade of 81.0 was a season-high, and he totaled 74 yards after contact, forcing nine missed tackles on the way to a 65.2 overall grade.

Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw earned his second-highest grade (82.6) of the season, finishing the game with three tackles, a tackle for a loss, a pressure, and a quarterback hit. His 75.6 pass-rushing grade was the highest since Week 3 against the New York Giants (81.8).

All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner's 79.3 overall grade was his highest since Week 15 against the Arizona Cardinals (85.5) and was boosted by an impressive 79.6 coverage grade. He finished the game with seven tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a pressure.

Cornerback Deommodore Lenoir was the game's highest-graded defensive back, earning a 76.5 overall grade. He was targeted four times, surrendering two receptions for just eight yards and a 56.3 passer rating. Lenoir finished the game with five tackles, and his four stops ranked second to Warner's six.

Fullback Kyle Juszczyk's 36.8 overall grade was the lowest of his 11 NFL seasons, primarily due to a career-low 34.0 run-blocking grade. His overall grade for the season is 53.8, marking the lowest of his career.

Cornerback Ambry Thomas faced difficulties as he was targeted five times, allowing five catches for 74 yards and a passer rating of 118.8. His 32.0 overall, 34.1 tackling, and 30.6 coverage grades were all season-lows. Thomas has not seen lower marks in those categories since his rookie 2021 season.

Snap Counts

64 - Aaron Banks (LG), Brandon Aiyuk (WR), Brock Purdy (QB), Colton McKivitz (RT), Jake Brendel (C)
63 - Christian McCaffrey (RB), Trent Williams (LT)
62 - George Kittle (TE)
54 - Jon Feliciano (RG)
40 - Jauan Jennings (WR)
26 - Kyle Juszczyk (FB)
25 - Chris Conley (WR)
18 - Ray-Ray McCloud III (WR)
10 - Charlie Woerner (TE), Spencer Burford (RG)
9 - Deebo Samuel (WR)
1 - Brayden Willis (TE), Elijah Mitchell (RB), Jaylon Moore (LT), Jordan Mason (RB)

67 - Deommodore Lenoir (CB), Dre Greenlaw (LB), Fred Warner (LB), Logan Ryan (SS), Tashaun Gipson Sr. (SS)
66 - Charvarius Ward (CB)
63 - Nick Bosa (DE)
48 - Ambry Thomas (CB)
46 - Arik Armstead (DT)
45 - Chase Young (DE)
44 - Javon Hargrave (DT)
21 - Randy Gregory (LOLB)
20 - Javon Kinlaw (DT), Oren Burks (LB)
14 - Kevin Givens (DT)
10 - Sebastian Joseph-Day (DT)
5 - Robert Beal Jr. (DE)

Special Teams
20 - Brayden Willis, Charlie Woerner
19 - Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, George Odum
15 - Darrell Luter Jr., Dee Winters, Jordan Mason
14 - Chris Conley
13 - Oren Burks
10 - Isaiah Oliver, Jake Moody (K)
9 - Mitch Wishnowsky (P), Taybor Pepper (LS)
5 - Aaron Banks, Ambry Thomas, Ben Bartch, Colton McKivitz, Jaylon Moore, Jon Feliciano, Kyle Juszczyk, Ray-Ray McCloud III, Robert Beal Jr., Spencer Burford
4 - Deommodore Lenoir, Fred Warner, Javon Kinlaw, Kevin Givens, Randy Gregory, Tashaun Gipson Sr.
1 - Deebo Samuel, Jauan Jennings

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