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NFL Week 11 PFF ReFocused: San Francisco 49ers 36, Arizona Cardinals 26

The San Francisco 49ers overcame an early deficit to defeat Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, 36-26, in Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season.

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Final Score

San Francisco 49ers 36, Arizona Cardinals 26

San Francisco 49ers

Both Mike McGlinchey and Justin Skule had rough games in pass protection, as they could not keep the Cardinals' edge rushers away from Jimmy Garoppolo. They also had a hard time with the edge defenders in the run game, as the 49ers' offense could not get anything going on the ground all game.

Garoppolo had an up-and-down game throwing the ball. When his receivers were open, he was able to hit them for critical completions. However, when he needed to make an accurate throw in tight coverage, he was not able to do so. He made enough plays to win the game, but he wasn't as sharp as he will need to be to win big games as the season goes on.

This might've been one of Nick Bosa‘s worst games in recent weeks, as the Cardinals rendered him nearly invisible. He had a few pressures, but most of them came from Kyler Murray, who created them himself by moving out of a clean pocket. He was dealing with double teams and chips all game, including one chip by Larry Fitzgerald that knocked him flat to the ground.

Dre Greenlaw was the most impressive-looking 49ers defender in this one. He had a bunch of defensive stops in the run game and also was extremely effective as a defender in coverage. He gave up some catches but kept everything in front of him for very few yards and didn't give up a first down all game.

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray did as much as he could to try to get his team a win against the number one team in the conference. He didn't have any turnover-worthy plays and had a couple of great throws that hit his receivers in stride. His legs were a constant threat, too, as he picked up big yardage on the ground, including what could've been a game-winning touchdown run that showed off just how fast he is.

Kenyan Drake seems to have taken over as the lead back, as David Johnson played just a few snaps in this game. Drake was effective enough, forcing a fair few missed tackles on the ground and making a bunch of catches in the passing game. However, he never really threatened with a big play, and the 49ers never seemed to fear his running.

Chandler Jones gave the 49ers' offensive line major problems all game. His speed off the edge was too much for the 49ers offensive line, and he utilized an up-and-under move to get to the quarterback. He was great rushing the passer but gave up the go-ahead touchdown in coverage against 49ers running back Jeff Wilson.

It was easy to tell the 49ers were targeting Byron Murphy in the passing game, as he got beat several times in this game. The 49ers had a hard time running the ball, but they were able to find success through the air targeting the receiver being covered by Murphy.

Cris Collinsworth

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