49ers Report Card: Week 3

Published: Monday, Sep. 24, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 24, 2012 - 7:36 am


• Offense: The 49ers were forced to go piecemeal down the field even after they fell behind double digits in the fourth quarter. Their biggest gain of the afternoon was 22 yards. Normally mistake-free Alex Smith had an interception and a fumble. Grade: C-

• Defense: It couldn't keep pace with Christian Ponder or Percy Harvin. The 49ers held Adrian Peterson to 86 yards and 3.4 yards a carry, but they allowed 146 yards on the ground and the Vikings went 7 for 14 on third downs. Grade: C-

• Special teams: Kyle Williams provided the only explosive 49ers plays by returning two kicks for 144 yards. David Akers was good on two field-goal attempts, but a third was blocked. Grade: B

• Overall: The 49ers seemed to suffer from something they avoided last season: the 10 a.m. blues. The Vikings had better energy in the opening half, pulled ahead, and the methodical 49ers could not catch up. Grade: C-

– Matt Barrows

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