49ers grades, analysis from injury-influenced Week 6 loss to Falcons
By Peter Panacy
The shorthanded 49ers suffered an embarrassing 28-14 road defeat at the hands of the Falcons, so let’s dish out the positional grades for the contest.
So, as it turns out, the San Francisco 49ers don’t have quite enough depth to overcome a massive rash of injuries.
While the Niners entered their Week 6 contest against the Atlanta Falcons as favorites, they were still dealing with a laundry list of players who were either ruled out entirely or were questionable to go for what was the back end of a two-game East Coast road trip.
And while Atlanta certainly did everything in its power to take advantage, ultimately beating San Francisco 28-14 in what looked like a lopsided contest, the fact the 49ers were so shorthanded suggests that injuries are indeed becoming a problem.
If they weren’t already.
The Falcons set the tone early, getting out to a 14-0 lead. And while the Niners had the talent to come back and tie things up, it was all Atlanta after that. In nearly every statistical category, the Falcons dominated, overpowering what was the league’s No. 1 defense through the air and on the ground.
Had San Francisco been able to field the bulk of its players who were out with injuries, the game might have produced a different outcome.
But that wasn’t going to be the case, and the Week 6 game grades and analysis reflect it.
Let’s dive into those position grades for the 49ers with the hope of some reinforcements returning sooner than later.