49ers report card: Grades for offense, defense in Week 2 win over Seahawks

49ers report card: Grades for offense, defense in Week 2 win over Seahawks

49ers report card: Grades for offense, defense in Week 2 win over Seahawks

Sure, it’s early in the season, but the 49ers on Sunday avoided falling two games back in the NFC West standings.

Jimmy Garoppolo, whom the 49ers brought back as insurance for Trey Lance, came off the sidelines early when the team’s young quarterback suffered a broken right ankle.

Lance is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery.

The 49ers’ defense and Garoppolo led the way to a 27-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

Here’s the team report from the 49ers’ Week 2 win:

Urgent violations

The 49ers completely controlled this game with a running game that piled up 45 rushing attempts and 189 yards.

The offensive line had a strong game averaging 5.0 yards per attempt for most of the game. Yards were tough at the end, so the average dropped to 4.2 yards.

Jeff Wilson Jr. took over as the starter for Elijah Mitchell, and he came through with 84 yards on 18 rushing attempts. Deebo Samuel added 53 yards on four carries.

Fullback Kyle Juszczyk and Garoppolo scored on 1-yard touchdown runs.

Character: A-minus

Passed offence

Garoppolo came in from the sideline and found tight end Ross Dwelley for a 38-yard touchdown to get the 49ers in the end zone for a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Garoppolo played a nice game. He had an amazing game when you consider that he never took a practice talk during training camp.

Garoppolo completed 13 of 21 passes for 154 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. The offensive line provided good protection for Garoppolo, who was sacked once for zero yards.

Brandon Aiyuk had five receptions for 63 yards, including a 25-yarder from Lance on the game’s third play.

Samuel added five receptions for 44 yards.

Character: B-plus

Rushing defense

While the 49ers had their way on the ground, the Seahawks’ rushing attack was completely grounded.

Seattle attempted just 14 running plays and gained just 36 yards on the ground.

Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ leading rusher, gained just 15 yards on six carries.

Linebacker Dre Greenlaw bounced back from a poor game against the Chicago Bears in Week 1 with eight tackles.

Seattle’s longest run was Kenneth Walker’s 8-yard run in the first quarter.

Character: ONE

Pass defense

Life was much easier for the 49ers as they faced the Seahawks without Russell Wilson.

The 49ers’ held Seattle to just two of seven on third downs, and the clincher came when Nick Bosa broke through for a third-down sack of the game midway through the fourth quarter.

Bosa registered two sacks in the game, and the 49ers also came up with two interceptions.

Charvarius “Mooney” Ward provided a big momentum for the 49ers when he intercepted a halfback pass from DeeJay Dallas in the end zone in the second quarter.

Tashaun Gipson also had an interception on a pass tipped by fellow safety Talanoa Hufanga.

Seattle quarterback Geno Smith completed 24 of 30 passes for 197 yards, but was held out of the end zone.

Character: B-plus

Special teams

The 49ers, essentially, picked up a touchdown on special teams. Then they gave up a touchdown on special teams.

Call it a wash.

Tarvarius Moore made a great play to block Seattle shooter Xavier Crawford into Mitch Wishnowsky’s shot. Dwelley recovered the live ball to set up the touchdown that gave the 49ers a 20-0 lead before the end of the first half.

However, Dwelley missed a block on Tariq Woods that led to Mike Jackson’s 86-yard touchdown return for a blocked field goal.

Character: B-minus

Coaching

There are no holes to poke in the scheme and execution from the defense of DeMeco Ryans.

But for Kyle Shanahan and the offense, it gets a lot more complicated.

It’s clear the 49ers wanted to run the ball and control the game on the ground. The offense ran the ball 45 times, which is an absurd amount.

Shanahan will forever be questioned because of how much the design of the offense required quarterback runs.

But after all, that’s why the 49ers were attracted to Lance so much in the first place.

There was little doubt that Lance would run the ball. There was also little doubt that Shanahan would be open to second-guessing whenever Lance suffered an injury.

It’s part of the deal.

On another matter, the 49ers fixed the discipline issues that plagued them in Week 1.

The 49ers committed just one penalty for 26 yards and had no turnovers.

Character: C

All in all

It wasn’t a must-win, of course, but after a completely forgettable Week 1 loss to the Chicago Bears, the 49ers couldn’t afford to fall to 0-2 on the season.

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The 49ers dominated from start to finish, even with the gut punch delivered in the first quarter by Lance’s season-ending injury.

The 49ers dominated the entire defense. And they made enough plays on offense and special teams (while giving up a big one on special teams) for a decisive win against an opponent that has been nearly impossible for them to defeat over the years.

Character: B-plus

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