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    The Giants' Victor Cruz makes a catch against the 49ers' Tarell Brown. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com

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    While game management has been Alex Smith's signature strength, he threw three interceptions against the Giants.

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    Alex Smith looks for a receiver as the Giants' Osi Umenyiora (72) and Justin Tuck close in. Smith finished with a season-worst 43.1 passer rating in the loss to the Giants.

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    David Akers reacts after missing a 52-yard field-goal attempt to end the half.

49ers Report Card: Week 6

Published: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 - 12:09 am

REPORT CARD

• Offense: The Giants' defense appears to be Kryptonite to Alex Smith. As was the case in the NFC Championship Game, Smith was befuddled throughout Sunday's game. His three interceptions were his most since 2009. Grade: D-

• Defense: Turnovers gave the Giants' offense excellent field position. The 49ers rarely touched Eli Manning, had more trouble with Victor Cruz and allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to run for 116 yards. Grade: C-

• Special teams: The kickoff coverage unit entered the game 30th in the league and likely will fall after allowing a 66-yard return to start the second half. David Akers missed two field-goal attempts. Grade: D

• Overall: Instead of coming out with reckless abandon against the team that vanquished them in January, the 49ers were disjointed and mistake-prone. Grade: D-

– Matthew Barrows

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