I don’t remember anything from this game aside from the Tom Savage hit. Pro Football Focus does, though. They take the the emotion out of the game and spit out cold, hard, numbers based off the subjective. Here are their grades from yesterday’s game between the Texans and 49ers to give you some insight on how individual players performed.
First the offense.
—Quarterback Tom Savage started the game out in a solid manner as he completed 3-of-5 attempts for 36 yards with no pressure and 3-of-7 attempts for 27 yards with two sacks when under pressure before being knocked out of the contest. Savage finished the day with an overall grade of 72.1.
—Filling in for Savage was T.J. Yates who performed admirably considering the circumstances. Yates was particularly good with no pressure, completing 12-of-19 attempts for 135 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 119.4. He also was productive when blitzed completing 4-of-7 attempts for 69 yards with one touchdown and a passer rating of 130.4. He finished the day as the third-highest graded offensive player at 77.3 for the game.
—It was another huge day from wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as he hauled in 11-of-15 targets for 149 yards with two touchdowns, one dropped pass and a passer rating of 144.2 when targeted. Hopkins did most of his damage against Dontae Johnson as he hauled in 7-of-8 targets for 114 yards with a long of 29 and one touchdown when matched up with Johnson.
—It was a brutal day from the right side of the offensive line as right guard Greg Mancz (30.7 overall grade; lowest by a Texan) and right tackle Breno Giacomini (45.7 overall grade) combined to allow one sack and 11 additional pressures on 46 pass blocking snaps.
—One of the lone bright spots along the offensive line was left tackle Jeff Allen who allowed just one pressure on 46 pass-blocking snaps while posting a run grade of 79.8. Allen finished the day as the highest-graded Texan on the offensive side of the ball with a grade of 77.9.
Now, the defense.
—Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney put on a pass-rushing clinic as he registered nine pressures on 34 pass-rushing snaps to go along with two run stops. His overall grade of 88.7 led the Texans and Clowney finished as the fourth overall graded edge defender in the NFL in Week 14.
—It was an up-and-down performance from linebacker Zach Cunningham who excelled against the run piling up a team-high six stops on 34 run defense snaps, earning a run defense grade of 80.8. However, Cunningham allowed one reception on four targets, but it went for 31 yards and he missed a tackle as he finished the day with an overall grade of 38.6.
—Next to Cunningham, linebacker Benardrick McKinney played the run well as he posted four stops on 34 run defense snaps, earning a run defense grade of 81.5 for the game, while allowing one reception on one target for 13 yards as he finished the game with an overall grade of 73.0.
—Cornerback Kevin Johnson struggled in this one as he allowed all four targets to be completed for 57 yards with a long of 18 and a passer rating of 118.8 when targeted. He finished the day with an overall grade of 32.1 for the game.
—Cornerback Kareem Jackson fared better than Johnson as he allowed three catches for 38 yards with one interception and one stop en route to an overall grade of 74.8 for the day.
What do you think? What did you get out of the information provided by Pro Football Focus? Did it match what you saw on the field?