The 49ers walloped the Cardinals 38-10 in Mexico City on Monday night, so it’ll be easy to dish out grades that favor the ‘road’ team.
Perhaps the NFL should have thought harder about making the San Francisco 49ers the “road” team in Week 11 on Monday Night Football against the “home” squad Arizona Cardinals from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico.
If anything, the Red Birds were in a wholly hostile environment that almost unanimously supported the red and gold.
While the opening few minutes seemed rather inconclusive, particularly with Arizona getting out to a 3-0 lead, nearly everything thereafter went in the Niners’ favor, including many of head coach Kyle Shanahan’s top offensive weapons putting together dominant games in one fashion or another.
And while San Francisco’s defense had some difficulty defending against Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins during the first half, this unit ended up clamping down once more after halftime and did more than just frustrate Arizona’s head coach, Kliff Kingsbury.
When it was all said and done, the 49ers improved to 6-4 on the season after the commanding 38-10 victory, seizing first place within the NFC West and grabbing another vital divisional win.
Needless to say, it should be pretty easy dishing out positional grades after such a one-sided win, and it might actually be harder to find the faults, mistakes and gaffes that would otherwise stain a peerless performance by Shanahan and Co.
Seriously, that’s how dominant things were.
Disclaimer: You’ll see a lot of A-grades from this point forward.