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January 20, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Pro Football Focus reviews the NFC Championship Game

Here’s the regular Monday-after review of the game from Pro Football Focus, with some additional stats and notes below:

Offensive Summary

– Guards J.R. Sweezy and James Carpenter both had outstanding run blocking, but Sweezy especially.

Marshawn Lynch put up another highly graded rushing performance with seven forced missed tackles.

– Despite a spectacular touchdown, Jermaine Kearse wound up with a negative grade due to a fumble near the goal line and two penalties.

Russell Wilson was careful with his passes, but did fumble twice, struggle against pressure, and commit a penalty, leading to a negative grade.


Russell Wilson went 4-of-10 for 77 yards when under pressure, and was sacked four times.

– Without pressure, Wilson completed 12-of-15 passes for 138 yards and a TD.


Marshawn Lynch piled up 83 of his 109 rushing yards after contact.


– The continually underrated Doug Baldwin caught 6-of-7 targets for 106 yards, including 31 yards after catch. His six catches came against six different defenders.

Golden Tate was quiet with 31 yards, catching 4-of-6 targets but also dropping a pass.

Defensive Summary

– Five different defensive linemen graded in the green this game.

Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett each had a strip sack and some other pressure, leading to high pass rushing grades for both.

Red Bryant and Chris Clemons each had two big run stops and made a positive impact against the run.

Bobby Wagner was very active, with seven tackles, an assist, three stops, and two missed tackles. The missed tackles made this a marginally positive game for Wagner.


Richard Sherman was only targeted once, and it was the 49ers last offensive play which he batted right to teammate Malcolm Smith. Sherman graded somewhat average in coverage due to a missed tackle earlier in the game.

Kam Chancellor produced an excellent coverage grade, allowing 3-of-6 targets to be completed for 23 yards and recording a huge interception.

Byron Maxwell continued to excel in coverage, as he gave up just a single catch for 22 yards in four targets, also defending two passes.

Opponent’s Passing

Colin Kaepernick actually had a positive grade despite completing just 14-of-24 passes with one drop. His QB Rating was 56.4, so for him to grade positively shows just how well Seattle’s defense played.

Signature Stats

Russell Wilson improved his playoff PFF QB Rating to 91.12 after this game, vaulting him from 12th to 6th best among playoff QBs.

Marshawn Lynch has now forced 20 Missed Tackles in two postseason games. No other RB has forced more than eight.

Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril now rank 1st and 2nd among 4-3 DEs in postseason Pass Rush Productivity. Bennett’s mark is 14.5, while Avril sits at 14.4.

– In 74 playoff Cover Snaps, Richard Sherman has yet to allow a completion, and has been targeted just twice.



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