Offensive Spotlight: While quarterback Justin Herbert racked up four big-time throws in the first half, the lackluster pass protection and thin receiving unit were too much to overcome.
The Chargers were shut out in the second half and were limited to a mere 2.7 yards per play. Herbert spent over a third of his dropbacks under pressure, and when he was presented with a clean pocket, there weren’t many opportunities for him to attack.
Meanwhile, San Francisco had its usual winning formula: run the ball effectively for key stages of the game, control the time of possession and try to avoid any bad decisions from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. And the 49ers passer didn’t record a single turnover-worthy play in the contest and even added a big-time throw on one of his five pressured dropbacks.
Defensive Spotlight: Almost the entire 49ers defense showed out in a positive way against the Chargers. This group has established itself as a fast and physical unit, and they flew to the ball all night. The defense missed just one tackle; they also allowed 0.1 yards before contact per attempt on runs and recorded nine defensive stops on the 22 passes Justin Herbert threw less than 10 yards downfield.
Rookie Spotlight: Chargers rookie guard Zion Johnson struggled, with three pressures allowed and four additional pass-blocking losses.
Offensive Line Spotlight: The difference between the two offensive lines was staggering. San Francisco gave up just three pressures and no sacks or hits. L.A.’s offensive line allowed 12 pressures, five coming by way of a sack or hit.
Niners star left tackle Trent Williams once again pitched a shutout with zero lost reps.
|Justin Herbert||13.0||21 / 35||196||5.6||1||1||33||2||73.0|
|Chase Daniel||0.0||0 / 2||0||0.0||0||0||0||1||39.6|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||15.9||19 / 28||240||8.6||0||0||33||1||94.3|
|Ray-Ray McCloud III||4.3||1||1||33||33.0||0||33|