All three phases of the 49ers played a key role in San Francisco’s 24-16 divisional victory over the Los Angeles Rams. San Francisco’s offensive line kept Jimmy Garoppolo virtually intact tonight, while the 49ers limited Jared Goff to season lows in completion percentage, yards and passer rating. Jeff Deeney of Pro Football Focus highlighted several players who had remarkable performances on Sunday. Here are seven highlights of the Divisional Rout.
Jason Verrett – 94.0 overall rating
Verrett not only had the highest overall rating of any player on the court on Sunday, but he also won the highest of any NFL cornerback so far through Week 6. The cornerback veteran has not allowed a single capture against the Rams. He also had two breakouts to accompany an interception, his first since Week 1 of the 2016 season. Verrett has an allowed passer rating of just 7.0 this season, the lowest of any qualifying cornerback. of the league. He has not allowed a reception of more than nine meters all season.
“He almost got a hold of a few of them,” Kyle Shanahan said after the game. “I know he’s had this one, but he’s almost had quite a few. And not just how he covers up, but Jason is a man there. The way he behaves, the way he loves mix things up. He loves to play football. He loves the physicality of the game and he’s a great talent in terms of covering. I’m so excited to have him on our team and I’m just happy for him that he could have come back. “
Mike McGlinchey – 86.1 overall rating
McGlinchey has been the butt of a lot of criticism lately and addressed his critics on Twitter after Sunday night’s performance with a single “Still here.” The 49ers right tackle got the 49ers highest rating in attack and the highest rating of any tackle so far in Week 6 which was a full game. McGlinchey didn’t allow a single shift press all night and also had a run blocking score of 84.9.
Laken Tomlinson – overall rating of 76.6
San Francisco’s offensive line was strong coming out against a Rams defense that led the league with 20 sacks heading into Week 6. Behind McGlinchey, the 49ers left guard posted the second-best offensive score on Sunday, allowing a quarterback to hurry in the evening.
Trent Williams – overall rating of 74.8
Like McGlinchey, Williams also didn’t allow a single quarterback pressure against the Rams. Garoppolo was under pressure on just 4 of his 34 losses (11.8%). Los Angeles entered the game tied for fifth, putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks on 36% of their backhands.
It should be noted that Garoppolo’s average time between the snap and the attempted pass was 2.18 seconds, the third fastest among quarterbacks so far through Week 6.
Deebo Samuel – overall rating of 74.2
Samuel caught his six targets for 66 yards and a touchdown, his first score of the season. The sophomore draw recorded 96 receiving yards after the catch in three games this season.
Jimmie Ward – overall rating of 74.0
Free San Francisco security was targeted twice in Sunday’s victory and did not allow a single cover capture. He also recorded four total tackles (three solo) against the Rams.
George Kittle – 72.5 overall rating
Kittle led the team, winning seven of his 10 receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown, scoring 44 yards on 4th and 2. Of his 109 yards, 72 were after the catch. Sunday marked the second 100-yard receiving game from the tight end of the season and the 10th of his career.
Kittle has recorded over 100 receiving yards in three of his last four games against the Rams. He’s also scored a touchdown in four of the last five encounters against Los Angeles.