49ers Testimony: Rating Offense, Defense in NFC West Clinching Victory

SEATTLE — Brock Purdy certainly didn’t do it all alone.

But the rookie quarterback did enough — more than enough, actually — to allow the 49ers to travel home as NFC West champions after a 21-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Purdy, who was struggling with problems with his skew and ribs, didn’t throw a pass this week until he flipped the ball around a bit during a tour of a hotel ballroom on Thursday.

Purdy certainly felt uncomfortable, but he and his teammates inflicted a painful loss on the Seahawks that severely damaged their postseason hopes.

Here’s a look at the 49ers’ testimony from their Week 15 game:

Rushing Offense

The 49ers rode Christian McCaffrey in the first half as he had 13 rushing attempts for 57 yards and a touchdown. He touched the ball in two-thirds of the team’s first-half games.

Then, when the 49ers needed big yards to keep the ball off the Seahawks, they turned to a few rookies. Purdy picked up a huge third and 1 with a rollout, reaching the ball forward as he slid to stay inbounds.

Then Jordan Mason came through with rushes of 6, 2 and 55 yards to end it.

The 49ers finished rushing for 170 yards on 34 carries for a 5.0-yard average. McCaffrey finished with 108 yards on 26 tries.

Grade: B-plus

pass offensive

Quarterback Brock Purdy continued to do what was asked of him while keeping the 49ers’ offense going. Purdy had touchdown passes of 28 and 54 yards to tight end George Kittle. The second touchdown came on a play where Kittle was Purdy’s fourth read.

Purdy’s worst throw did no harm when Seattle free safety Quandre Diggs dropped a potential interception in the second quarter.

Purdy finished with 17 completions on 26 attempts for 217 yards on two touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 117.0 passer rating.

Kittle finished with four receptions for 93 yards.

Class: A

Rushing Defense

The 49ers seemed poised to one-dimensional the Seahawks early in the game with their strong running defense. But Seattle gained a few yards against the 49ers, though not enough to make a difference.

The Seahawks averaged 5.0 yards per carry but only had 70 yards on 14 rush attempts.

Linebackers Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw each had eight tackles for the 49ers’ run defense.

Grade: B-plus

pass defense

Seattle quarterback Geno Smith was under constant pressure, which made it difficult for him to catch up with every play on the field. Greenlaw had a big game when he fumbled Travis Homer after a short pass. Charvarius Ward returned the fumble 40 yards to set up a short 49ers touchdown drive.

Smith had a solid game, completing 31 of 44 attempts for 238 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers got their hands on the ball a couple of times, but Greenlaw and Hufanga let potential interceptions escape.

Deommodore Lenoir had a pick-six in the third quarter which was nullified by Nick Bosa’s penalty for roughing the passer when he landed his full bodyweight on Smith, ruled referee Alex Kemp.

Bosa recorded a sack, tying his career-high 15.5.

Grade: A minus

Special teams

Return man Ray-Ray McCloud contributed to the play for field position, including a 39-yard kickoff return.

Punter Mitch Wishnowsky had a solid 38.8 net average on six punts, while kicker Robbie Gould missed a 43-yard field goal attempt wide right in the fourth quarter.

Grade: B-minus


Coach Kyle Shanahan planned to keep things open in midfield to exploit some of the Seahawks’ shortcomings with pass coverage. Defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans mixed it up with pressure, including Hufanga’s sack for a three-and-out on Seattle’s third possession.

The 49ers didn’t miss a beat after Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury forced Purdy into action. Purdy deserves the greatest credit, but it also shows how well the coaching staff prepared him.

Class: A

In total

The 49ers seemed to be in control from the start. It was probably a little closer than it should have been, but winning in Seattle isn’t easy for this organization.

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The Seahawks hung around, and when the 49ers had to make plays late in the game to shut the door, they did just that.

Grade: A-

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