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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.

Passing

- 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.

Rushing

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

Receiving

- 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.

Coverage

- 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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