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49ers' PFF scores show where team dominated Rams in crucial win

/ by Jennifer Lee Chan
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Energized by the presence of their fans on the road, the 49ers' defense overpowered the Rams in their 27-24 overtime win in Los Angeles. 

The 49ers' defensive line shut down the Rams' run game, only allowing 64 yards rushing and disrupted quarterback Matthew Stafford in the pocket. The Rams were held to 265 yards, their lowest total of the season -- 64 yards rushing and 201 passing. 

The 49ers won the battle in the trenches. The defensive line pressured Stafford 28 times. On the other side of the ball, the 49ers' offensive line only allowed seven total pressures of Jimmy Garoppolo. 

After a slow start on the offense, Garoppolo took advantage of the time his linemen were giving him while getting all of his skill players involved. Elijah Mitchell took advantage of the holes the line was opening up and got the run game going.

Garoppolo finished the day completing 23 of his 32 attempts to six different receivers for 316 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. 

Here are more highlights from the 49ers PFF scores from Week 18

Offense

WR Trent Sherfield - 89.9 

The wideout received the highest score on the team. Sherfield only played ten snaps on offense, nine of which were running plays where he had a run-blocking grade of 83.3. On Sherfield’s only pass route of the day, he connected with Garoppolo for a 13-yard catch and a first down. He also made two tackles on special teams.

 

WR Jauan Jennings - 82.2 

His overall grade, six catches, seven targets, 94 yards and two TDs were all career highs. Five of his six catches resulted in either a first down or a touchdown. He also forced three missed tackles.

WR Brandon Aiyuk - 76.2 

Aiyuk caught six of his seven targets for 107 yards. Five of his six catches resulted in a first down. It was the third time in the wideout’s career that he reached the 100-yard mark in receiving in his two NFL seasons. 

LG Laken Tomlinson - 74.8

The left guard received the highest overall grade on the offensive line, allowing just one quarterback pressure in 37 pass blocking snaps. 

WR Deebo Samuel - 74.4 

Samuel did it all, registering four catches on six targets for 95 yards, 64 of which came after the catch. The third-year receiver also carried the ball eight times for 45 yards and one touchdown, and he also threw a touchdown pass to Jennings.

RB Elijah Mitchell - 69.2

The rookie racked up 21 carries for 85 yards rushing, 68 of which came after contact. The shifty running back forced eight missed tackles on the day.

Of the seven pressures allowed by the offensive line, Tomlinson allowed one hit, Tom Compton allowed two hurries and Colton McKivitz in his first game of the season allowed two sacks and two hurries. 

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Defense 

It was a collective effort from the defense that registered 28 total pressures on Stafford. The Rams came into the game with the highest-graded pass blocking unit in the NFL, and the 49ers had Stafford under pressure on 18 of his 37 dropbacks (48.6 percent)

LB Dre Greenlaw-  76.6

Greenlaw had a strong return in his first game since Week 12, recording a 88.9 grade for run defense. The second-year linebacker registered 12 total tackles and six total stops. 

DL Kentavius Street - 75.3 

The third-year lineman recorded three quarterback pressures -- one hit, two hurries in 11 pass rushes.

DL Arden Key - 75.1

Key now has 6.5 sacks on the season after registering four pressures vs. the Rams.  His one sack, two hits and a hurry were made in only 18 pass rushes. 

CB Emmanuel Moseley - 73.0 

The cornerback had a solid return after missing four weeks due to a high ankle sprain. Moseley allowed just two catches on three targets for 18 yards and an interception earning him a 71.9 score in coverage.

DL Arik Armstead - 70.0

The veteran lineman received a 76.3 pass rush grade after recording seven total quarterback pressures, including 2.5 sacks, and four hurries. Armstead also recorded three tackles and one assist and three stops. 

DE Nick Bosa - 68.8 

The star pass rusher recorded four total pressures - one sack, one hit and two hurries. Bosa was also solid against the run, recording two tackles, two assists and three stops. 

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