49ers game grades from needed victory over Washington Commanders

The 49ers were heavy favorites heading into Washington D.C. against the Commanders and took care of business. Niner Noise hands out grades from the contest.

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49ers Offensive Grades

The 49ers offense ended up with 27 points, but it felt as though they left a couple touchdowns on the field. The game lacked consistency, but they did what they needed to do.

49ers Rushing Offense

49ers stalwart Christian McCaffrey had the injury bug bite him against the Commanders, with a calf injury that left him out of the game for the majority of the second half. Before his injury, McCaffrey was effective against a Commanders defense that did a good job plugging up holes and making it difficult for the 49ers to string runs together. He finished with 64 yards on 14 carries.

The 49ers though did not miss a beat on offense, with Elijah Mitchell finally getting healthy. The 3rd-year running back finished with 80 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, and he was able to consistently churn ahead. The 49ers red-zone woes in this game landed on the rushing game as well, but an overall good performance from the unit.

Grade: B+

49ers Passing Offense

The 49ers passing offense was slowly emergent in this game, starting with quick strikes and dump-offs and coalescing with a couple huge strikes to Brandon Aiyuk. Brock Purdy finished the game 22/28 for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns, one on a quick pitch to Deebo Samuel and another on a spectacular play to Brandon Aiyuk. Nothing was particularly flashy beyond a couple huge plays to Aiyuk, but it all worked together.

Aiyuk in particular had another 100-yard game, cementing himself as a bona-fide top receiver in the NFL. He's spectacular to watch.

Grade: A-

49ers offense b+. B+. Overall Grade. . 49ers Offense