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NFL Preseason Week 1 Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers 28, Green Bay Packers 21

August 12, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) hands the football to running back Trey Sermon (28) against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers  started the 2022 preseason with a victory, beating the Green Bay Packers 28-21 at Levi's Stadium on Friday.

Editor’s note: All grades in this article are subject to review. All PFF player grades will be finalized by 12 pm ET tomorrow.


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

QUARTERBACK

Trey Lance led the 49ers to points — a field goal on San Francisco's first drive and a touchdown on its second — on both drives where he was on the field. Overall, Lance finished 4-for-5 for 92 passing yards and a touchdown in addition to adding seven yards on the ground. He generated an 84.3 PFF grade and posted one big-time throw.

• Lance's night was highlighted by a beautiful pass down the sideline to rookie receiver Danny Gray, who was running a vertical concept and did a great job creating separation, on a “Mills” concept.

Backup QBs Nate Sudfeld and Brock Purdy also added touchdowns, but neither registered a big-time throw nor a turnover-worthy play. Sudfeld went 8-for-11 for 103 yards, a touchdown and a 61.6 overall grade while Purdy finished 3-for-6 for 36 yards, a touchdown and a 72.9 overall grade.

RUNNING BACK

With Elijah Mitchell and Jeff Wilson Jr. sitting out, Trey Sermon was the 49ers starting running back Friday night, and he finished with six carries for 11 yards and two first downs, resulting in a 69.8 grade. He also hauled in one reception for five yards.

Rookie Tyrion Davis-Price also saw plenty of work with San Francisco's top-two running backs on the sideline, finishing with 10 carries for 36 yards while generating a 53.3 overall PFF grade. He also forced one missed tackle.

RECEIVER/TIGHT END

• In addition to Gray's 76-yard touchdown, Ray-Ray McCloud added a 39-yard touchdown reception to the 49ers' total Friday night. McCloud accumulated 63 yards and a touchdown while hauling in all four of his target, resulting in a 69.1 grade.

Ultimately, Gray finished with two receptions (four targets) for 99 yards, a touchdown and an 88.2 PFF grade.

Outside of Gray and McCloud, tight end Tanner Hudson was the only other 49ers pass-catcher with multiple receptions, as he posted two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown. Hudson finished with an 85.1 overall grade.

OFFENSIVE LINE

• Altogether, the 49ers offensive line allowed 12 total pressures and two sacks, finishing with a 73.1 pass-block efficiency rating.

Overall, tackle Colton McKivitz posted the highest initial PFF grade (80.5 overall grade) after allowing only two pressures (72.6 pass-blocking grade) and making a series of effective blocks in the run game (83.6 run-blocking grade).

Tackle Spencer Buford struggled mightily in pass protection, as he allowed four pressures and finished with an 8.6 pass-blocking grade. Luckily, he seemed to make up for it as a run blocker, finishing with a team-high 86.2 run-blocking grade.

DEFENSIVE LINE

San Francisco's pass-rush failed to make a major impact throughout the contest. EDGE Jordan Willis led the team with four pressures while generating an impressive 25% pass-rush win rate. Willis generated a 71.9 pass-rush grade

EDGE Kerry Hyder posted a 69.1 overall grade to lead all San Francisco defensive linemen.

LINEBACKER

Rookie UDFA linebacker Marcelino McCrary-Ball added a third interception to San Francisco's total, as he capitalized off a tipped pass to haul in an interception before an impressive return. He also posted three tackles and finished with a 68.7 PFF grade.

• Three separate 49ers linebackers finished with 70.0-plus run defense grades — Curtis Robinson, Jeremiah Gemmel and Oren Burks. The trio also combined for six tackles and three stops.

• Despite Burks' prowess against the run, he was picked on a bit in coverage, allowing all six of his targets to be caught for 50 yards and a first down. Burks posted a 61.0 coverage grade.

SECONDARY

• Cornerback Samuel Womack certainly had the most impactful performance Friday night among 49ers defenders, as he generated an impressive 93.4 PFF grade after hauling in two interceptions. A fifth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Womack is no stranger to making plays on the ball, as he finished with two interceptions and 15 forced incompletions in his last season at Toledo.

In addition to Womack, Qwuantrezz Knight performed well in the 49ers secondary Friday night, finishing with a 71.8 overall grade on the back of a 72.8 run-defense grade.


GREEN BAY PACKERS

QUARTERBACK

• With Aaron Rodgers taking the night off, Jordan Love played the entire first half that was plagued by highs and lows. He finished 13-for-24 for 176 yards two touchdowns and three interceptions. Love also added four carries for 24 yards on the ground and finished with a 66.0 PFF grade.

• Despite throwing three interceptions, only one was deemed a turnover-worthy play — Womack's second interception. Love made a beautiful back-shoulder throw to rookie Danny Davis down the sideline, which resulted in a touchdown, as Love displayed some ability to throw his receivers open.

• Love was replaced by Danny Etling in the second half, and Etling outperformed the starter by PFF passing grade, posting a 70.8 to Love's 67.4. Etling went 6-for-8 for 123 yards and a touchdown. He also had one big-time throw and one turnover-worthy play.

RUNNING BACK

With Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon sitting out, B.J. Baylor posted the highest rushing grade among Packers running backs (69.1), finished with seven carries for 19 yards. He also forced one missed tackle.

RECEIVER/TIGHT END

• In a performance belied by highs and lows, rookie receiver Romeo Doubs finished with three catches (eight targets) for 45 yards and a touchdown. While Doubs showcased his impressive route-running to create separation on his touchdown grab, he was plagued by two drops. Doubs only dropped five passes in 2021 with Nevada. Ultimately, Doubs posted a middling 60.0 PFF grade.

Davis did get a ton of opportunities to produce, but he made the most of the ones that did present themselves, hauling in both of his targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. David led the way for Green Bay's receivers with a 74.5 overall PFF grade.

OFFENSIVE LINE

• The Packers offensive line fared much better in pass protection than the 49ers, as Green Bay finished with an impressive 71.6 pass-blocking grade Friday night.

Ultimately, the Packers had five different offensive linemen finished with 80.0-plus initial grades in pass protection — C Jake Hanson (87.1), G Jon Runyan (86.5), C Josh Myers (81.8), T Sean Rhyan (80.3) and G Cole Van Lanen (80.3).

They weren't nearly as dominant as run-blockers, as Runyan (77.7) and Hanson (75.0) were the only Green Bay offensive linemen who posted 70.0-plus initial run-blocking grades.

DEFENSIVE LINE

• Interior defensive linemen Tedarrell Slaton put together a noteworthy performance as a pass-rusher, posting an excellent 86.7 pass-rushing grade on the back of two pressures and a game-high 36.4% pass-rush win rate.

EDGE Kobe Jones led the way for Green Bay's defensive line in terms of run defense, finishing with two run stops and a team-high 69.9 run-defense grade.

LINEBACKER

Isaiah McDuffie and Ty Summers led the way for Green Bay's linebackers in terms of run stops, posting two each. Each also finished with an average depth of tackle under two yards.

• Green Bay's linebackers weren't targeted often in coverage. Ellis Brooks was targeted twice and only allowed one catch, but that catch went for a five-yard touchdown, which is why he finished with a sub-50.0 coverage grade for the game.

SECONDARY

• Cornerbacks Kabion Ento and Kiondre Thomas were the only Packers defenders who generated 80.0-plus coverage grades Friday night. Each also finished with a forced incompletion.

Safety Shemar Jean-Charles was Green Bay's highest-graded safety (72.3 overall grade) due to a solid run-defense grade (73.3).

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