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NFL Week 16 PFF ReFocused: San Francisco 49ers 20, Arizona Cardinals 12

Dec 26, 2020; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson (30) celebrates his touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK Nfl San Francisco 49ers At Arizona Cardinals

Robert Saleh and the San Francisco 49ers’ defense held the Arizona Cardinals to just 350 total yards (4.4 yards per play) and forced two turnovers to lead the team to a 20-12 win on the road.

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STORY OF THE GAME

San Francisco linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Fred Warner finished the game with two of the highest PFF grades among all defensive players on first review of the broadcast film. Both players recorded multiple defensive stops and 80.0-plus PFF coverage grades in the contest.

Outside of a few highlight-reel runs, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray put together a forgettable performance against San Francisco. He completed just 31-of-50 passes for 247 yards, took three sacks and threw a costly interception to Ahkello Witherspoon in the end zone late in the game. He earned a sub-70.0 PFF grade on first review.

Arizona running back Kenyan Drake and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins also finished the game with sub-60.0 PFF grades. Drake averaged just 2.5 yards per carry, and Hopkins caught eight passes for only 48 yards.

Offensively for the 49ers, it was the Jeff Wilson Jr. show. Taking advantage of wide-open lanes in the running game, Wilson totaled 183 rushing yards from 22 carries (8.3 yards per carry) despite forcing just one missed tackle on the day.

ROOKIE WATCH

San Francisco rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk played more than 50 offensive snaps in the game, but he only recorded one reception for 15 yards. Defensively, no team had a rookie play more than 25 defensive snaps.

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