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  • PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    The Rams' Steven Jackson runs past the 49ers' Patrick Willis (52) and through Dashon Goldson, right, for a seven-yard touchdown that put San Francisco in a 14-0 hole.

  • PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Kicker David Akers of the 49ers looks down at the Candlestick Park grass after missing a 41-yard field-goal attempt wide left in overtime. The 49ers and Rams tied 24-24.

  • PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Quarterback Alex Smith takes a helmet in the back of the head by Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (58). Smith sustained a concussion and left the game.

  • PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick receives instructions from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in the fourth quarter Sunday.

49ers Report Card: Week 10

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

REPORT CARD

• Offense: Frank Gore seemed to put the 49ers on his back when the prospects looked grim in the second half. Colin Kaepernick entered the game down seven points and left it tied. Grade: C

• Defense: Awoke in the second half and kept the Rams scoreless in overtime but couldn't prevent a touchdown when it absolutely mattered – on St. Louis' final drive in regulation. Grade: D+

• Special teams: They allowed two fake punts, including one on the Rams' critical fourth-quarter drive, and David Akers missed a makeable game winner. Tramaine Brock's forced fumble on a kickoff added balance. Grade: D+

• Overall: The 49ers sleep-walked through the first quarter, then awoke to find their quarterback had a concussion. They battled back for a tie, but for a team that's supposed to be one of the league's best, it felt like a loss. Grade: C-

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