49ers report card: Grading offense, defense in Week 10 win over Chargers

SANTA CLARA — For a team with a large number of attacking players, the 49ers have not clearly shown their potential.

But they played well enough to pull off a 22-16 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night at Levi’s Stadium.

“Today I am proud of our team,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I want to play better. I want to blow people away I want points every time we go.

“But that’s the kind of game the team (Chargers) are good at winning.”

The 49ers moved into the NFC West half-game, leading with a 5-4 record.

The Chargers (5-4) are second in the AFC West behind the Kansas City Chiefs and remain in the AFC playoff shots.

Here’s the 49ers’ report card of their satisfying victory:

a rushed offense

The 49ers ran the ball in the first four snaps of the game. They obviously felt they could handle the Chargers with a strong running game, and eventually they put the Chargers on the ground.

The 49ers ran 41 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns on the ground Elijah Mitchell, who returned after missing seven games with a sprained knee. Leading with 89 yards from 18 attempts, Christian McCaffrey started and he added 38 yards and 14 touchdowns. Polo scores a touchdown with a 1-yard sneak.

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Grade: B-plus

through the fault

The 49ers’ delivery game definitely didn’t explode. The 49ers converted nine of the 17 innings from the third to 53 percent.

Garoppolo had a solid game. 19 of 28 passes in 240-yard passing attempts with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Brandon Aiyuk led the 49ers with six scores for 84 yards, including 24 yards from third scenario and 10 in the third. Drive where 49ers lead

Garoppolo took a crucial third place thanks to the success of Jauan Jennings and Brandon Aiyuk in driving ahead of the 49ers.

However, Iyuuk fumbled only one game for the 49ers in the second half with 19 yards.

Grade: B

Defensive hurry

Dre Greenlaw and Fred Warner each tackled seven times. Greenlaw played less than half the game. As he was fired after officials decided he would blatantly hit the Chargers quarterback, Justin Herbert.

The Chargers were able to run just 51 yards from their 16 bearers. Average 3.2 yards, Austin Ekeler had 24 yards from six attempts.

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Grade: A-minus

pass defense

After a rough start As for the 49ERS’ pass defense, the unit changed the course of action against Herbert. They are widely regarded as one of the best teams in the business.

Herbert completed 21 of 35 totals from 196 yards, scoring one touchdown and one interception. Safety Talanoa Hufanga grabbed the game with a last-minute intercept of the game. Charles Omenihu was pressured on Herbert. Force a bad throw

The Chargers didn’t have many weapons on the outside. But they can still play against the 49ers’ pass defense. Former 49ers receiver DeAndre Carter shook free with the 49ers’ deputy to play some roles.

Carter defeated Hufanga in a 32-yard touchdown from Herbert to secure the game’s first drive.

Grade: A-minus

special team

Kicker Robbie Gould scores two goals but misses the extra point.

A big play from the 49ers’ specials came when Mitch Wisnowsky took a penalty kick by Sam Womack at the 1-yard line with two minutes remaining in the game.

That makes it almost impossible for the charger to catch any threats during the shutdown.

Grade: B-minus


The 49ers failed to score a goal for their opponent in the second half for the second game in a row. Because they seem to have overcome the problem by being eliminated in the third quarter.

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The 49ers beat the Chargers at a combined distance of 387 to 238, but they are still aiming for too many goals.

Defensive coordinator Demeco Ryans made necessary adjustments to add heat to Herbert and eliminate the Chargers’ big play.

Linebacker Fred Warner says the 49ers played the same defensive line throughout the second half, and it worked.

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The 49ers followed by three points, 16-13 into the fourth quarter, and the 49ers collected nine unanswered points and a victory.

Grade: B-plus


There is still a lot of room for the 49ers to improve. This isn’t overly impressive offensive performance.

As POLO said after it, sometimes the 49ers definitely don’t make it easy for themselves.
Garoppolo also notes that the Chargers’ protective style makes it difficult to put in large numbers.

“It’s not going to be flashy, but the ‘W’ is the ‘W’,” Garoppolo said.

Grade: B


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