The San Francisco 49ers were flying high for most of their Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions. A fourth quarter score followed by a successful onside kick by Detroit quickly threatened San Francisco's once 28-point lead in the season opening matchup.
San Francisco's defense managed to hold off Detroit in the final :20 seconds of the game to maintain their lead and close out the day with a win.
Jeff Deeney of Pro Football Focus highlighted several 49ers who were key to the team's victory over the Lions. Here's a look at Sunday's top performers.
1. Trent Williams - 92.2 Overall Grade
Williams' 92.2 overall grade was not only the highest on the team, but also the highest of any NFL tackle so far in Week 1. The left tackle did not allow a single pressure in his 55-total snaps. Williams finished the day with a 75.7 pass-blocking grade and a 79.2 run-blocking grade.
2. Nick Bosa - 87.6 Overall Grade
In his first return to the field since Week 2 of the 2020 season, Bosa was back to form and earned the highest defensive grade on the 49ers. Bosa recorded five quarterback pressures (one sack, two hits, two hurries) as well as three run stops in 51 snaps on Sunday.
3. Deebo Samuel - 86.7 Overall Grade
Samuel's 86.7 overall grade ranked second among all NFL wide receivers so far in Week 1, only behind Kansas City Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill (90.5). Samuel posted a career-high 189 yards on nine catches for an average of 21 yards per catch. Of his 189 yards, 109 came after the catch (12.1 average), 45 more than any other wide receiver on Sunday (Arizona Cardinals Rondale Moore - 64). Samuel's 12 targets on Sunday ranked among the most in the league this week, per PFF.
4. George Kittle - 83.9 Overall Grade
Kittle earned a 90.9 receiving grade, which ranked tied for first among all NFL tight ends so far in Week 1 (Houston Texans Pharaoh Brown - 90.9). Kittle finished the day hauling in 4-of-5 of his targets for 78 yards. Of his 78 receiving yards, 57 came after the catch, the most of any NFL tight end on Sunday (14.3 average).
Arik Armstead - 77.3 Overall Grade
Armstead earned an 82.1 pass rush grade on Sunday. He also recorded a team-high nine quarterback pressures against the Lions (one hit, eight hurries).
Dee Ford - 75.0 Overall Grade
In his first game back in an NFL calendar year, Ford earned a 79.1 pass rush grade, while collecting five quarterback pressures (one sack, four hurries). The edge rusher had a stretch of three-consecutive pass rushes late in the first half that went: quarterback hurry to force a pick six, sack and drew a holding penalty. Ford generated pressure on 20.7 percent of his pass rushes.
San Francisco's defense totaled 27 total pressures and three sacks against the Lions.
Jimmy Garoppolo - 71.2 Overall Grade
San Francisco's starting quarterback was only under pressure on 7 of his 27 dropbacks, but had a perfect quarterback rating when under duress, completing 4-of-5 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown when under pressure. He was also 5-of-5 for 184 yards and a score on throws of 15-plus yards downfield.
Up Next Latest Videos Channel Elijah Mitchell's Best Plays from His 104-Yard NFL Debut Latest Videos Channel Every Deebo Samuel Catch from His 189-Yard Game in Week 1 Latest Videos Channel Best Throws From Jimmy Garoppolo's 314-Yard, Week 1 Performance Latest Videos Channel Fred Warner Evaluates 49ers Defensive Performance vs. Lions Latest Videos Channel George Kittle: Week 1 Was a 'Great Lesson for Us to Learn' Latest Videos Channel Dee Ford Reviews Return Performance in Week 1 Latest Videos Channel Nick Bosa: 'I Love this Team So It's Always an Honor to Play With Them' Latest Videos Channel Jimmy Garoppolo Says 49ers Offense was 'Rolling' vs. Lions Latest Videos Channel Trey Lance: 'It Feels Great to Be 1-0' Latest Videos Channel Elijah Mitchell Breaks Down First-Career Touchdown Latest Videos Channel Samuel: 'We've Just Got to Finish the Game the Way We Started' Latest Videos Channel Kyle Shanahan Reviews 49ers 41-33 Win vs. Detroit Lions Latest Videos Channel 49ers Top Plays from Week 1 vs. Lions Latest Videos Channel Deebo Samuel Runs Downfield for 49ers Fourth Offensive Score vs. Lions Latest Videos Channel George Kittle Stiff Arms His Way to a 35-Yard Gain Latest Videos Channel Dee Ford Takes Down Jared Goff for a 6-Yard Sack Latest Videos Channel JaMycal Hasty Forces His Way into the End Zone for 3-Yard Score Latest Videos Channel Dre Greenlaw Returns a Jared Goff Pick for a Touchdown Latest Videos Channel Jimmy Garoppolo Connects with Deebo Samuel for a 29-Yard Pickup Latest Videos Channel Elijah Mitchell Rushes Past Lions Defense For 38-Yard TD Run Latest Videos Channel Kentavius Street Envelops Jared Goff for First-Career Sack Latest Videos Channel Trey Lance Throws First NFL Touchdown to Trent Sherfield Latest Videos Channel 1-on-1: D.J. Jones Reveals Best Tailgate Food and Worst Cook on the Team Latest Videos Channel 49ers Unscripted: Alex Mack Gets Down to the Sweaty Truth Latest Videos Channel Josh Norman is 'Extremely Happy' to Be a Part of 49ers DB Room Latest Videos Channel Kyle Shanahan Shares Final Updates Before 49ers Week 1 Matchup in Detroit Latest Videos Channel Mike McGlinchey Says Alex Mack 'Makes Everyone Around Him Better' Latest Videos Channel Raheem Mostert: 'I'm Feeling Like I'm At My Best Right Now' Latest Videos Channel San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions Week 1 Preview Latest Videos Channel Los 49ers Inician la Temporada en el Camino Contra los Leones Latest Videos Channel A Record-Breaking Fundraising Evening with the 49ers Foundation Latest Videos Channel Nick Bosa Says D-Line Depth Will be Hard for Offenses to Deal With Latest Videos Channel George Kittle Discusses 49ers Confidence Level Heading into 2021 Season Latest Videos Channel Richard Hightower Talks 49ers Return Game Latest Videos Channel DeMeco Ryans is 'Excited' to See Nick Bosa on Sunday Latest Videos Channel Mike McDaniel Evaluates 49ers Offensive Rookies Latest Videos Channel Jimmie Ward on the 'Accomplishment' of Being Named a Team Captain Latest Videos Channel 49ers PREP Unveils Outdoor Fitness Zone Latest Videos Channel GMFB Calls Trent Williams the 'Best Left Tackle in Football' Latest Videos Channel Kyle Shanahan Previews 49ers Gameplan for Week 1 vs. Lions