49ers Special Teams and Coaching Grades
49ers Special Teams
Jake Moody continued to be perfect in the regular season, going 3-of-3 on field goals and 3--of-3 on extra points. His kicks were rather easy this time around, and they never seem perfect heading in, but kickers are based on one thing: results.
And Moody has gotten those.
Punter Mitch Wishnowsky continued his great punting performance with another two punts downed inside the 20-yard line, and the 49ers' kickoff coverage team finally put in a strong performance, with Moody kicking the ball for a touchback six times and the coverage team nicely converging for a stop on the one the Giants returned.
Unfortunately, though, it was not a perfect performance from San Francisco's special teams. On the one Wishnowsky punt that was not inside the 20, Shemar Jean-Charles, a recent addition and elevation from the practice squad, interfered with the Giants returner on a fair catch, costing the 49ers 15 yards and letting the Giants have a short field they cashed for a touchdown.
That was a back-breaker of a penalty, and one the Niners can't let happen in the future.
Not much to say about the 49ers coaching today. Kyle Shanahan's game plan was largely conservative and geared around getting yards after the catch, and the Niners weren't particularly aggressive in the red zone or on any fourth downs.
Steve Wilks came into this game recognizing how important stopping Daniel Jones from rushing the ball was, and his scheme took care of business.