The 49ers’ PFF numbers are better than you might think after their 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday.
The offense scored better than the final score would suggest. Quarterback Trey Lance was fired twice and judge tackle Mike McGlinchey was defeated for one of the takedowns.
The Bears only beat Lance once on his 35 drop-backs, but they still pressured him with six rushes. Center Jake Brendel scored the lowest pass-blocking score on the 49ers’ O-line, allowing two presses and being called up for one penalty.
Lance completed less than 50 percent of his total attempts (13 out of 28) and interestingly had a higher passer rating on medium ranges than short ones. When throwing 10 yards or more, Lance completed five of his 10 attempts for 119 yards for a rating of 91.7. On passes less than 10 yards, however, Lance completed eight of his 16 attempts with an interception, resulting in a score of 30.2.
The defense struggled outside of safeties Tashaun Gipson and Talanoa Hufanga, who both had the highest scores on that side of the ball. Sanctions kept several Bears drives alive, which ultimately cost the 49ers the game.
Dre Greenlaw had the most challenging day with an overall figure of 44.9. The linebacker allowed a 100 percent completion rate on four attempts for 70 yards of coverage, including a touchdown. Greenlaw’s facemask penalty also kept the Bears’ first touchdown drive alive.
Later in the fourth quarter, Azeez Al-Shaar’r’s roughing-the-passer penalty from third behind kept the Bears’ second touchdown drive alive.
More insights and scores from the 49ers’ Week 1 loss to the Bears:
Safety Talanoa Hufanga — 90.8
The sophomore pro recorded eight tackles and two assists, allowing only one reception on three goals. He also registered the 49ers’ only takeaway of the game, intercepting a pass from Justin Fields midway through the first quarter.
Hufanga’s four run-stops were the most of any defensive back during Sunday’s games.
Safety Tashaun Gipson — 80.3
The veteran registered two tackles and one assist, and allowed no reception in cover.
QB Trey Lance — 53.7
Lance completed 46.4 percent of his passes for 164 yards (5.9 yard average). While Lance got higher scores for making more “big throws,” he got lower scores for fiddling with the ball late in the fourth quarter, though he did get it back.
QB Justin Fields — 44.2
Fields completed 47.1 percent of his passes for 121 yards (7.1 yard average). The Bears sophomore starter got a better score for not fidgeting and for his running attempts. However, Fields didn’t make “big pitches,” which lowered his overall score.
Attacking Line Scores
- LT Trent Williams – 77.8
- LG Aaron Banks – 76.0
- Middle Jake Brendel – 51.2
- RG Spencer Burford – 71.5 (includes an 87.8 pass-blocking grade for disallowing a single press)
- RT Mike McGlinchey – 77.2
The 49ers offensive line gave Lance an average of 3.22 seconds to throw the ball, while Fields had 3.64 seconds to throw behind the Bears front. Trent Williams and Co. gave Lance more chance to run. Lance was able to gain 54 yards on his 13 attempts (4.2 yard average), as opposed to Fields’ 11 attempts for 28 yards (2.5 yard average).
“I thought they did a really good job,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said via conference call Monday. “I thought they did a good job on pass protection. I thought it was a really good, positive first game for those three. They certainly weren’t perfect, but I thought they did very well for the first time.”
Where Deebo Samuel lined up against Bears
- 37 jumps out wide
- 10 snaps in the slot
- 9 snaps in the backfield
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