Game grades, analysis from 49ers division-clinching win over Seahawks

Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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Pete Carroll, Kyle Shanahan, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers
Head Coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /

49ers Special Teams and Coaching Grades vs. Seahawks

Special Teams

The good: Ray-Ray McCloud continues to give the Niners yards on the margin. He’ll be due for a touchdown soon, but even if it does not come, the extra yards made all the difference in a game determined by field position.

That was the only positive, though.

Mitch Wishnowsky was decent but not as impactful as he usually is punting, and on every field-goal attempt, the Seahawks got major pressure on the left side. It was enough to, from one perspective, get Robbie Gould to push his lone field-goal try to the left, one that would have given San Francisco a three-possession lead and functionally ended the game.

Grade: D


There is not much more that can be said about how Kyle Shanahan and DeMeco Ryans have operated this year. Ryans continued his surefire ascent to a head-coaching position with another strong game plan, but Shanahan’s work must be commended this season, too.

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Against a division rival with the division on the line and a rookie third-string quarterback, Shanahan had the offense working, doing just enough to get out of Seattle with a win.

Phenomenal work.

Grade: A-

The 49ers will celebrate the division with a mini-bye week before playing the Washington Commanders on Christmas Eve, looking to potentially claim the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

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