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49ers report card: Stars but also linemen dominate Cardinals in Mexico


San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Here is how the 49ers (6-4) graded in Monday night’s 38-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals (4-7) in Mexico City:

PASS OFFENSE: A

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 

Jimmy Garoppolo’s passport will reflect a nice trip to Mexico that featured four touchdown passes, two apiece to Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle. Garoppolo was not sacked and completed 20-of-29 passes for a 131.9 rating. Aiyuk’s only catches were for touchdowns. Kittle’s scores came in 39- and 32-yard, hard-charging fashion. Christian McCaffrey was a 100-percent reliable target (7-of-7, 67 yards), and Deebo Samuel had seven catches (57 yards). No other 49ers caught a pass, including Danny Gray, who remains without one in seven games.

RUN OFFENSE: A

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, center, runs on his way to scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 

The 49ers averaged 5.7 yards per game, with 28 carries for 159 yards. It was a tale of two backs in two halves. Christian McCaffrey did more damage as a receiver and had just 39 rushing yards on seven carries, five of which came before halftime. All but one of Elijah Mitchell’s carries came after halftime and he finished with 54 yards on nine rushes. Simply put, the run blocking was evident and dominant. Samuel’s 39-yard touchdown run was keyed by blocks from Brandon Aiyuk, Tyler Kroft, Trent Williams and Jake Brendel, who hustled downfield to take out Budda Baker.

PASS DEFENSE:  A-

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Kevin Givens, center, celebrates his sack with teammates cornerback Jimmie Ward (1) and defensive end Drake Jackson during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) 

It started in sketchy fashion as DeAndre Hopkins racked up seven catches for 77 yards, mostly against Charvarius Ward, who briefly exited with a groin issue. But Hopkins had only two catches for 14 yards after halftime. The 49ers did not allow a passing touchdown, and the worst play was a 47-yard catch-and-run by Greg Dortch that saw multiple missed tackles. Colt McCoy wasn’t anywhere near as magical as last season’s victory over the 49ers as Kyler Murray’s injury replacement. McCoy was 24-of-34 for 218 yards and got sacked by Nick Bosa, Kevin Givens and Fred Warner. Sam Womack III preserved the second-half shutout with a late interception in the end zone. Jimmie Ward’s fifth career interception helped set up the 49ers’ second touchdown. Bosa had three hits along with raising his sack total this year to 10 1/2.

RUN DEFENSE: A-

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, center, loses control of the ball as he is hit by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward, right, and safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. during the second half of …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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