According to our new noise-canceled score metric, the game was even more lopsided than the final score indicates. The 49ers moved the ball at will, even though they often needed three downs to do so. The Giants, however, struggled to stay on the field on offense.
If the Giants were to hand out game balls after losses, they would have given one to their punter Jamie Gillan, who caused the 49ers to lose almost 2 points on punt returns compared to the expectation.
That’s what happened to the Giants last night. It’s simply too hard to win a football game when you average 4.4 yards per targeted pass, especially against an offense as prolific as the 49ers'.
Given the non-functional passing game, it’s hard to find a receiver who stood out for the New York Giants. The Giants couldn’t get much done after the catch, as leading targets Darius Slayton and Darren Waller combined for only six total yards after the catch.
The 49ers receivers did most of their damage after the catch, as their three leading receivers had an average depth of target of 7.1, 7.5 and -2.2, respectively.
To make it even worse, the Giants also couldn’t really run the ball, while the 49ers had decent success on the ground.