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49ers' PFF grades vs. Bengals show a few hidden surprises

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The 49ers' 26-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals was far from perfect, but there were some clear standout performances as shown by the team’s PFF scores. 

George Kittle’s history-setting performance gave him the highest score on the 49ers' offense, as well as the top spot of his position group. The All-Pro was a key player in the team’s overtime win in Cincinnati. 

While the 49ers' offense was unable to dominate the line of scrimmage in the run game against a stout Bengals front, there were still some highly scored performances. Right tackle Tom Compton, who struggled in pass protection, had a much better performance as a run blocker. 

On the other side of the ball, the defensive line was able to get pressure on Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, and kept running back Joe Mixon to 58 yards on 18 carries (3.2 average). Six overall missed tackles, however, is something that the coaching staff will use as a teaching point this week.

Coach Kyle Shanahan was proud of the defense doing enough to keep his team in the game, forcing a field goal in overtime and allowing the offense a chance to win the game. 

“I was just really proud of them,” Shanahan said. “The defense got us in plenty of positions to finish them, especially after that one third down where I think it was when K’Waun Williams blitzed and went in there and got him. 

 

“I thought we had the chance to finish them, and we didn’t. Then, I was happy with the offense at the end. We went down there and kicked the field goal— or got into field goal position to win and then missed it. And then to get that chance for the offense to get it back and then finish it with a touchdown, I thought that was huge.”

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Here are more highlights from the 49ers PFF scores from Week 14

Offense

TE George Kittle - 91.1 

Kittle caught 13 of his 15 targets for 151 yards and one touchdown. Kittle's 91.7 overall grade is the highest in the NFL among all tight ends. The All-Pro is averaging 2.68 receiving yards per pass route run, which also leads all tight ends.

LT Trent Williams - 90.0 

Williams allowed only one hurry in 46 pass-blocking snaps. Williams now has a grade of 99.0 on the season, the highest of any player in the NFL.

RT Tom Compton - 74.1

Compton has the lowest pass-blocking score on the offense of 58.2, allowing four total pressures - one sack, one hit, two hurries. The right tackle’s overall score was fifth highest on the offense because of his 87.0 run-blocking grade. 

Compton been consistently solid for the 49ers on the ground, with a 94.3 run-blocking grade over the last three weeks. That score ranks him second-highest among all tackles (Detroit Lions right tackle Penei Sewell 95.3).

Other notes: 

The offensive line as a group allowed 15 total pressures, Williams - one hurry, Alex Mack - one hurry, Laken Tomlinson - one hit, two hurries, Compton - one sack, one hit, two hurries, Daniel Brunskill - one sack, five hurries. 

Garoppolo had a higher passer rating when under pressure (8-of-12, 86 yds, 1 TD, 115.3) than when he was kept clean (19-29, 210 yds, 1 TD, 98.3)

Defense

DE Nick Bosa - 91.0 

Bosa scored the second-highest grade among edge defenders in Week 14, behind only his brother, Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers (92.9). The 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year racked up nine quarterback pressures - two sacks, seven hurries - which is the most of any edge defender so far in Week 14. An additional third sack was nullified as a result of a penalty. 

S Jimmie Ward - 77.5 

The veteran defender did not allow a catch on his two targets and recorded one pass break up. PFF credited Ward six tackles on 67 total snaps. 

CB Ambry Thomas - 38.1

The rookie cornerback’s mistakes came at the most inopportune times - negating a sack by Bosa and an interception by Ward. Thomas did, however not miss a tackle, recording three solo tackles and two assists, which gave him a 78.7 tackling score. 

Other notes:

 

The 49ers' defensive line racked up 27 total quarterback pressures -- Bosa (9), Samson Ebukam (4), Arik Armstead (4), Arden Key (3), Kentavius Sreet (2), Charles Omenihu (2), Fred Warner (1), D.J. Jones (1), K'Waun Williams (1). 

The 49ers had Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow under pressure on 19 of his 40 dropbacks (47.5 percent). 

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