The San Francisco 49ers offensive line showed well against the New York Giants on Sunday. Well enough that they were recognized as the No. 2 offensive line of the week according to NFL.com analyst Shaun O’Hara. The 49ers racked up 474 yards of total offense, with much of the credit going to the o-line.
Left tackle Joe Staley’s Week 10 return brought stability to the offensive line following an underwhelming importance in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals.
During position shuffling in his absence, quarterback C.J Beathard was hit 16 times and sacked on five occasions in Staley's absence. In the 49ers win over the Giants, the offensive line allowed just two quarterback hits and no sacks, a major improvement from the week prior.
Additionally, San Francisco was able to convert 66 percent of its downs (8-of-12), a stat where the 49ers have struggled throughout the season. The 49ers ranked at the bottom of the league, converting on just 43-of-136 of third downs (31.6 percent) through nine weeks.
Beathard went on to complete 19-of-25 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns for a 123.4 passer rating against the Giants. That's the highest rating of a 49ers starting quarterback since Colin Kaepernick in Week 6 of 2015 (128.2).
Pierre Garçon and Matt Breida found success on the ground combining for a total of 186 rushing yards. San Francisco put together its best offensive performance of the season and recorded season highs in total yards, rushing yards and yards per play (8.2), in the 31-21 victory over the Giants.
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