Offense: If not for a Delanie Walker drop, Alex Smith would have been perfect. His receivers come through with plenty of yards after the catch. The only knocks too many penalties and too many sacks. Grade: A-
Defense: The 49ers snuff out the Cardinals' ground game early and make Arizona one-dimensional. Nemesis Larry Fitzgerald, who killed the 49ers in their last meeting, is a nonfactor. Grade: A
Special teams: Patrick Peterson goes nowhere for the Cardinals, while Ted Ginn has his second straight strong performance, showing he finally has fully returned from a nagging ankle injury. David Akers connects from 43 yards. Grade: A
Overall: The 49ers show they are perhaps the most balanced team in the league. After leaning on their running game in a win over the Seahawks, they go to the air against the Cardinals. They enter the halfway point with a two-game lead in the division. Grade: A
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