ReFo: 49ers @ Giants, Week 11

Highlighting notable performances, Mike Mountford reviews the 49ers-Giants Week 11 matchup.

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ReFo: 49ers @ Giants, Week 11

2014-REFO-WK11-SF@NYGThe San Francisco 49ers extended the New York Giants’ losing streak to five games, but for a team that is expecting to make a big second half playoff push, they left a lot of questions unanswered in the tight win. The Giants had a shot to come back and take the lead after an excellent sideline catch by Odell Beckham Jr. that gave New York the ball inside the 49ers’ 5-yard line with five minutes left in the game… only to see three straight failed fade passes and then on fourth down, Eli Manning’s threw his final interception of the day.

Let’s take a look at some of the key performances.

San Francisco 49ers — Performances of Note

Chris Borland, LB: +6.6

Breakdown: Borland is continuing his impressive rookie campaign, over the past three weeks he has stood out, not just as a rookie but as one of the best players on the field. Borland showed good coverage skills against the Giants, only allowed one catch beyond 5 yards, while also collecting two interceptions.

Signature Play: 2Q 8:23. Borland reads the curl route and jumps in front of the pass to intercept it.

Anthony Davis, RT: -0.7

Breakdown: This looks to be a lost season for Davis as he works back to 100% after his MCL sprain. Against the Giants he looked better against the run than in previous weeks, however he struggled in pass blocking allowing six total pressures.

Signature Play: 4Q 14:13. Davis is lined up across from Damontre Moore who wins with a speed rush to the outside and records a hit on Colin Kaepernick

Ray McDonald, DE: +7.1

Breakdown: Playing against John Jerry, McDonald took over the game on a consistent basis — he recorded four stops in the run game and added two hurries, a hit and a strip sack in the passing game.

Signature Stat: Recorded the second-highest Run Stop Percentage for 3-4 defensive ends this week with a 28.6%. Thanks to four stops on 14 run snaps.

New York Giants — Performances of Note

Rueben Randle, WR: +2.7

Breakdown: In a game that will be remembered for Eli Manning’s five interceptions, Ruben Randle actually performed like the second wide receiver the Giants need with Victor Cruz out. While three of Manning’s interceptions came when targeting Randle, he was able to make plays and gain good chunks of yards averaging 16 yards per catch.

Signature Play: 3Q 9:41.  Randle takes a slant and forces a missed tackle by Perrrish Cox.

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE: -2.1

Breakdown: Lined up against one of the league’s top left tackles in Joe Staley, Pierre-Paul only record one pressure all game. Has been having a good season against the run, but struggled to be the pass rusher the Giants need.

Signature Stat: Pierre-Paul had the lowest Pass Rushing Productivity of any 4-3 Defensive End who recorded a pressure at 2.4.

Charles Brown and John Jerry, RT/RG: combined -15.0

Breakdown: When Justin Pugh was forced out of the game due to a quad injury, the Giants inserted Brown at right tackle the 49ers attacked him and right guard John Jerry all day long. Between them they allowed 18 total pressures as the 49ers managed to get consistent pressure on Eli Manning.

Signature Stat: Brown had the worst Pass Blocking Efficiency among offensive tackles who played at least 10 snaps (82.1). Jerry had the worst among guards, 86.2.

PFF Game Ball

The PFF Game Ball goes to Ray McDonald who could not be contained by Brown and Jerry and caused damage in both the run and passing game.


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  • Jason Williams

    I still see the 49ers as a team that is unraveling. I see Jim H coaching in Chicago next year. Please don’t wake me until this happens.

    • Mood_Indigo

      Rip van Winkle, is that you?

      • Jason Williams

        everyone has to have a dream and my team is terrible.

    • Brian

      Since Coughlin is going to “retire” this year, I want Harbaugh to come here to NY!

  • DC409

    John Jerry and Charles Brown. Holy cow. Jerry Reese must be concussed for having these turds protect Eli Manning. If Mara has any guts, he’s searching for a new GM right now. You have an established pocket passer who is a 2xSBMVP, and you sign Jerry/Brown to protect him? Boggles the mind!

    • Jason Williams

      “who is a 2xSBMVP” Ugh.

    • Al

      Highlights how little meaning a Superbowl MVP trophy really has.

      Eli, Hall of Average.

  • CioccSonoma

    Average overall scoring since the 1-12-14 playoff game vs Carolina (12 games)

    First, 6.1, Second 7.9, Third 4.3, Fourth 2.4

    Good teams typically have second half drop offs, but this seems a little extreme.

    – The only offensive TD in the last 12 fourth quarters was in junk time vs Denver

    – The 49ers haven’t scored a (meaningful) fourth quarter offensive TD since the Green Bay wildcard game.

    What gives? With decent (not even good) late game offense, the 49ers would be cruising to the post season.

    • Al

      Terrible adjustments. Terrible play calls. Greg Roman isn’t a good coach. Pretty easy.

      • CioccSonoma

        Yes to late game terrible adjustments and play calls. I’d include terrible late game clock management… going back to the 2011 reg season Dallas game.

        I’m not sure about Roman. I’ll throw these questions out to readers with more knowledge about how coaching staffs function…

        – Which coach typically has the biggest impact on first half play scripting… HC or OC?
        – Which coach typically has the biggest impact on halftime adjustments… HC or OC?
        – Which coach typically has the biggest impact on 4th qtr game and clock management… HC or OC?

        It’s common knowledge Harbaiugh QCs the plays called by Roman.
        I’ll never be certain about Harbaugh or Roman until the pair are separated.

      • MosesZD

        It all, ultimately, comes back to the QB who holds the ball too long
        because he can’t read defenses and doesn’t understand route
        combinations. Plus he likes to wait until the WR is open, THEN he
        makes his throw instead of (as Steve Young puts it) ‘throwing the WR

        Consequently, last year he was the 4th worst at holding the
        ball, holding it (on average) over 3.0 seconds a pass play.

        that isn’t the whole tale. When the primary read was open, which was
        somewhat over half-the-time, he got the ball out under 2.5 seconds.
        What that means is that if the first guy isn’t open immediately, he
        holds the ball well over 3.5 seconds. In the NFL, nobody gets 3.5
        seconds on a consistent basis and that long-holding really, really effects his passing.

        Last season when he threw the ball in fewer than 2.5 seconds, his
        completion percentage was 66.1 and his passer rating was 101.2. Elite
        numbers. But, when Kaepernick took longer than 2.5 seconds to throw, his
        completion percentage fell to 49.7, and his passer rating fell to 80.7.

        Now, think about the redzone.
        There’s not a lot of field or room for a WR to clear open and allow
        Kaepernick the luxury of passing to a wide-open WR. Hence, our
        struggles in the redzone.

        Also, he’s not much in the pocket.
        Last year, Kaepernick had a 114+ QB rating when he scrambled/rolled
        out. In the pocket his QB rating was under 81 with 12 TDs and 10 INTs.

        could go on but it gets tiresome ripping him down. His game is so
        fundamentally flawed that when I read the ‘atta-boys’ here and in the SF
        press, I just roll my eyes. There’s a reason that the advanced stats
        that measure win-probability-added and expected-points-gained-per-play
        have Kaepernick ranked in the bottom-half of NFL starting QBs.

        is, effectively, a +1 Big Play per game QB (that’s +1 over the average
        NFL starter) who generates a good QB rating and good yardage, but adds
        little to the effective and efficient running of the offense.

        effectiveness and efficiency are what drives the redzone. Not big
        plays. Sort of the anti-Andrew Luck. (Luck is average in big plays
        (15th in big plays/game), but he’s one of the most efficient QBs in the
        NFL, kind of an Alex Smith (14th in big plays/game) but with a bit more
        deep-ball passing.)

        • CioccSonoma

          MosesZD – All valid observations. Colin’s slow reads and (improved since college but still slow) release are making red zone scoring more difficult. Yes, passes to alternate receivers are scarce too.

          but it still doesn’t explain the 12 game 4th qtr (meaningful, offensive) TD drought. The 49ers score 3.5 times more in the first two quarters then the 4th. His ability to read defenses shouldn’t be slowing that badly as the game progresses.

          Are you suggesting that late in games, there are less primary WRs open, causing a decline because Colin can’t get the ball to secondary targets?

  • Brian

    Yup! I had the….pleasure..of seeing this game in person and I really put 2 of those picks on Eli, even one of those I recall him being under big pressure. Randle has been a so-so WR who flashes occasional gold, but he STILL is blowing routes, dropping too many passes, and it seems most of Eli’s picks are in the Randle area.

    The line play was garbage, play calling sucked…I know it sounds like fanboyism defense but I think the 5 picks don’t sum up his game, and PFF seems to sum this up. I mean, they tried to run first 2 downs sooo many times, and it went no where all game. Got stopped cold and 4th and inches, a couple of times Jennings had to juke and fight to barely make it to the LOS. No way around it, Eli is doing fine and I think all he can, but his prime years are being wasted by this garbage. Bad O line, bad play calling, subpar talent. At least we have ODB, but who knows if Cruz will be the same…