Ahkello Witherspoon was involved in a couple of notable plays in the 49ers’ 27-23 loss to the New York Giants on Monday night. But the cornerback was deemed to have an exceptionally good game in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus.
Witherspoon was targeted five times, surrendering only one catch for 11 yards, according to PFF. Moreover, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham didn't catch any of the three passes thrown his way while Witherspoon was in coverage against him.
Witherspoon was called for a debatable 16-yard pass-interference penalty on a play in which Beckham didn't even look back for the ball before Eli Manning’s pass arrived. But Witherspoon didn't look back, either. The play was significant, as it came on the Giants' game-winning drive.
Afterward, Witherspoon was asked if he disagreed with the call.
"I did, but I also disagree with me not turning my head because I could’ve had an opportunity for an interception on that play,” he said.
Witherspoon was in a trail position on Beckham’s 20-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Witherspoon was supposed to have safety help over the top on the play. PFF didn't assign blame to Witherspoon, who let his frustration show after the play.
Here are other notable metrics out of Monday’s game from PFF:
-- Cornerback Richard Sherman was targeted four times and gave up just two catches for 10 yards. He stopped running back Saquon Barkley for a 3-yard loss after a pass completion.
-- The 49ers missed just two tackles all game.
-- Running back Matt Breida graded out as the 49ers’ top offensive player. He gained 101 rushing yards, 65 of which came after contact.
-- Left guard Laken Tomlinson did not allow a QB pressure. Right guard Mike Person allowed only one hurry in 43 pass-blocking snaps.
-- Quarterback Nick Mullens completed just 3 of 9 passes for 12 yards while under pressure. When under duress, he threw an interception and had a passer rating of 3.2.
-- Giants quarterback Eli Manning was under pressure on just seven of his 32 dropbacks.
-- Defensive end Arik Armstead was the 49ers’ top-graded defender. He had two pressures and two run stops while playing 31 snaps.
-- No 49ers player had more than two quarterback pressures. Armstead, Cassius Marsh and DeForest Buckner had two pressures apiece.
-- Linebacker Fred Warner had three run stops and two pass breakups. While in coverage, Warner allowed five receptions on eight targets for 37 yards.
Here are the total numbers of snaps of every 49ers player who saw action:
Total offensive snaps: 73
Quarterback -- Nick Mullens 73
Running back -- Kyle Juszczyk 46, Matt Breida 44, Alfred Morris 14, Matthew Dayes 1
Wide receiver -- Kendrick Bourne 69, Marquise Goodwin 61, Dante Pettis 41, Trent Taylor 7, Richie James 5
Tight end -- George Kittle 71, Garrett Celek 6
Offensive line -- Laken Tomlinson 73, Mike McGlinchey 73, Mike Person 73, Joe Staley 73, Weston Richburg 73
Total defensive snaps: 59
Defensive line -- DeForest Buckner 48, Arik Armstead 31, Solomon Thomas 30, Cassius Marsh 28, Earl Mitchell 22, Sheldon Day 22, Ronald Blair 21, Dekoda Watson 19, D.J. Jones 12
Linebacker -- Fred Warner 59, Malcolm Smith 59, Mark Nzeocha 26
Defensive back -- Antone Exum 59, Jimmie Ward 59, Ahkello Witherspoon 59, Richard Sherman 59, K’Waun Williams 31, D.J. Reed 5
Total special teams plays: 30
Tarvarius Moore 25, Nzeocha 24, Elijah Lee 23, Watson 21, Marcell Harris 18, Greg Mabin 16, James 15, Bradley Pinion 13, Exum 13, Marsh 13, Dayes 12, Buckner 12, Ross Dwelley 11, Reed 11, Ward 10, Celek 9, Kyle Nelson 8, Armstead 8, Witherspoon 7, Robbie Gould 6, Jones 6, Garry Gilliam 5, Joshua Garnett 5, Staley 5, Tomlinson 5, McGlinchey 5, Thomas 5, Blair 5, Mitchell 4, Juszczyk 3, Warner 3, Smith 2, Pettis 1, Williams 1