The addition of Christian McCaffrey at the trade deadline and strong play from Brock Purdy has opened up the 49ers offense. After managing at least 30 points only three times over its first eleven games, San Francisco has now scored over 30 in four of its last five.
The Niners offense generated several explosive plays throughout their thrilling 37-34 win over Las Vegas on Sunday.
First Quarter: Third and three, Raiders 38
As is often the case, San Francisco is in 11 personnel (one back, one tight end) on third down. The Raiders show pressure, and in doing so help create an explosive run for San Francisco.
The 49ers run power with left guard Aaron Banks pulling to kick out the defensive end. Playing man coverage with their linebackers in close the Raiders defenders are not able to get to the hole and Christian McCaffrey is untouched until being taken down by the free safety after a gain of 37.
Third Quarter: First and ten, Raiders 30
Kyle Shanahan dials up an end around for Brandon Aiyuk. This is the same play the 49ers ran for a touchdown against Arizona earlier this year and against Seattle in 2019 with Deebo Samuel.
The backfield action starts as a run to the left, Kyle Juszczyk starts that way before spinning around to help lead Aiyuk up the field. With a convoy of blockers ahead of him the wide receiver picks up 16 yards.
Third Quarter: First and ten, Raiders 14
On the next play San Francisco runs power lead around the left side. Christian McCaffrey does a good job of following Kyle Juszczyk round the corner. Tyler Kroft and Mike McGlinchey help seal the edge and Jauan Jennings has a nice block downfield to give McCaffrey a lane to score from 14 yards out.
Third Quarter: First and fifteen, 49ers 22
Brandon Aiyuk runs deep taking the cornerback and safety with him. This creates a void in the defense and Brock Purdy zips the ball to Jauan Jennings running a deep dig from the other side of the formation for a gain of 28 yards.
Fourth Quarter: First and ten, 49ers 35
Ray-Ray McCloud motions across the formation into the slot on the left. The motion draws Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell with him.
At the snap Brock Purdy runs a play fake to the right. This action draws Ferrell inside, taking him out of the play.
Purdy wheels and throws a screen to McCloud who follows Trent Williams past the first defender on the way to a 42-yard gain.
Fantastic play design and execution all around.
Fourth quarter: Second and ten, 49ers 23
With the score tied at 27 late in the fourth quarter, Purdy shows what he is made of.
Las Vegas sends a five-man pressure. Purdy stands in, delivering a strike to Brandon Aiyuk on a slant for a gain of 23 yards.
Solid protection up front and a nice throw into a tight window.
Fourth quarter: Second and ten, 49ers 48
Two plays later the Raiders again send pressure. This time the sixth man comes through untouched giving him a free run at Purdy. The quarterback see’s this and gets the ball out quick to Christian McCaffrey.
Getting the ball sooner than expected, McCaffrey shows terrific patience to allow his lineman to get to their spots. McCaffrey’s patience pays off when Daniel Brunskill kicks out the oncoming defender, springing the running back who runs over defenders down the field for a gain of 38.
Jordan Mason takes it in from 14-yards out on the next play to give San Francisco a 34-27 lead.
Fourth quarter: First and ten, 49ers 37
Working out of a 3×1 set, Purdy chooses to go to the single receiver side. The quarterback keeps his eyes down the middle of the field to hold the linebacker and safety inside before ripping a slant to Brandon Aiyuk for a gain of 18.
This is a solid tight window throw and the eye discipline shown by Purdy is one of the primary reasons for his success over the last five weeks.