49ers Report Card: Week 5

Published: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 - 12:23 pm


• Offense: Alex Smith was on fire, the offensive line was ferocious, and the receivers caught everything thrown their way. And it could have been much worse for Buffalo. Penalties killed several long 49ers plays. Grade: A+

• Defense: The 49ers began to pull away after Patrick Willis stripped tight end Scott Chandler of the ball at the end of the half. Willis and NaVorro Bowman were excellent in coverage. The Bills' deep game was nonexistent. Grade: A

• Special teams: The coverage teams continue to miss Blake Costanzo, last year's ace who departed via free agency. Bills return man Leodis McKelvin had a big kickoff return; his 80-yard punt return was erased by a penalty. Grade: C-

• Overall: For the second week in a row, the 49ers overwhelmed an opponent to the point of embarrassment. This time, it was by historic proportions. Their 621 yards of offense were the most ever for a franchise that boasts Joe Montana and Steve Young. Grade: A

– Matthew Barrows

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