SF 49ers grades, analysis from gutsy Week 13 win vs. Dolphins

Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

49ers grades: Special teams/Coaching

Special Teams:

Not much to report here other than everybody did their job efficiently. Robbie Gould hit all four of his field goals and all three extra points, punter Mitch Wishnowsky punted well and returner Ray-Ray McCloud did a good job.

On the defensive side, the special teams unit did well to keep Miami in check.

Grade: B+


Head coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t have his best coaching performance today, but give credit to him for making the best of a bad situation and ensuring the team didn’t get distracted by the injury to Jimmy Garoppolo.

Not only did he make the right playcalls to get Brock Purdy’s confidence up, but he showed confidence in allowing Purdy to make key third down throws when trying to run down the clock and was justified in doing so.

DeMeco Ryans would have been unhappy to see two long touchdowns scored against his defense given the dominance of the last month, but all in all if you can contain a dynamic offense like Miami to only 17 points then you’re doing something right. Teams in the AFC have struggled to contain the Dolphins, but the 49ers defense had four takeaways and kept them to only 17 points.

Really, you can’t ask for much more than that.

Grade: A+