49ers vs. Cardinals: 5 takeaways from dominant Week 11 victory

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Takeaway No. 5: 49ers blocking looked great

Blocking isn’t something we take a lot of interest in unless we get our attention drawn to it from a bad play such as a sack or a blown-up running play, but this was one of those instances where we saw the gameplan drawn up to perfection and all the blockers executing well.

Take the touchdown run by Deebo Samuel, a piece of playmaking artistry that completely wrong-footed the Cardinals defense and released multiple blockers in space to maul anyone in red that was unfortunate enough to be standing there:

Tight end Tyler Kroft pulling left to clear a lane for Samuel, tackle Trent Williams just locking in on the nearest unfortunate defender and mauling him, center Jake Brendel getting up and landing a pancake so beautiful that it belongs on a Denny’s billboard.

It was a thing of beauty, and there were more than a few plays like that as well.

The Cardinals didn’t lay a sack on Jimmy Garoppolo, and once the passing game meant that the Cardinals couldn’t stack the box, it then allowed the run blocking to follow suit.

It’s exactly what you want to see, a mauling offensive line laying down the pain on defenders.

If they keep doing this, it’s an integral building block to a Super Bowl run.

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