SF 49ers position grades from lopsided Week 3 win vs. NY Giants

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SF 49ers Linebackers, Defensive Backs


For defensive MVP today, you’d be finding it difficult to go past the SF 49ers’ young defensive leader in Fred Warner.

An absolute weapon during the game, Warner had seven tackles and an interception that truly broke the game open as the subsequent score changed it from a perennial one-possession game into a blowout.

Warner grows by leaps and bounds seemingly every month, he’s the 49ers defensive captain and leader until he retires or cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) gets back on the field.

The linebackers were fine in coverage as far as I could see, with the Giants needing garbage time just to get over 100 yards receiving.

Nobody cares about garbage time.


No. No Emmanuel Moseley (at least soon into the game). No Ahkello Witherspoon.

No worries.

Cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Dontae Johnson (yes, that Dontae Johnson) performed well and helped shut down the Giants passing game until garbage time finally got it into triple figures.

The safeties were all where they had to be, with Jaquiski Tartt fingertips away from snagging an interception off a deflected pass.

There’s not much more you can say, the defensive backs put the clamps on the Giants.

Special credit to backup safety Marcell Harris, who forced two fumbles during the game.