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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: San Francisco 49ers 37, Green Bay Packers 8

Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers beat the visiting Green Bay Packers, 37-8, to improve to 10-1 on the season.

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Final Score

San Francisco 49ers 37, Green Bay Packers 8

San Francisco 49ers

After missing the last few weeks with an ankle injury, tight end George Kittle came back and proved once again why he is the best tight end in the game and the best player in the 49ers' offense, as Kittle caught all the balls thrown his way for 129 yards and a score on the night. After the Packers had driven down the field on their first drive of the third quarter, Kittle was able to score a 61-yard touchdown to put the Packers out of reach.

Jimmy Garoppolo's SNF performance was typical of his 2019 season as a whole. He managed the game well with some intermediate shots sprinkled in, and he put the ball in place for his receivers to make the play.

It's tough to find any flaws with Fred Warner‘s game against Green Bay. Warner was solid in coverage, he racked up stops against the run, and he was effective as a blitzer when he got the opportunity to rush the passer. This was likely one of the better all-around performances we've seen from the second-year linebacker.

Nick Bosa, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead all put up numbers in the pass-rush department on SNF. All three players recorded at least one sack against the Packers, and each of them racked up at least a handful of pressures in total.

Green Bay Packers

The game started poorly for Aaron Rodgers with a fumble on the opening drive that set San Francisco up at the two-yard line and a quick first-quarter score, and it never really went up from there. Rodgers couldn't get anything to work downfield, failing to complete a single pass that traveled at least 10 yards in the air.

It was a rough night for the Packers in pass protection as a whole, but it was an especially long night for the team at right tackle. Stalwart tackle Bryan Bulaga went down early in the game, and with him out, Nick Bosa and the 49ers' pass-rush tormented Alex Light for the rest of the night. San Francisco brought five or more pass-rushers throughout the game, forcing help away from Light, which put him in one-on-one situations that he was ill-equipped to win.

The Packers' defense had a game they would rather forget, but Za'Darius Smith ended the game with a couple of sacks and was the one defender who troubled Jimmy G in the pocket.

Cornerback Kevin King really struggled tonight. He was turned inside out for George Kittle's long touchdown in the third quarter, and outside of that, King was always a step behind when he was targeted in coverage.

Cris Collinsworth

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