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49ers report card: Week 7

Published: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 - 11:08 am

Offense: The 49ers finally give Colin Kaepernick a green light to run, and he delivers with 68 yards and his first rushing touchdown of the season. The 49ers commit no turnovers for the third time this season. They again get little help from their No. 2 wide receiver, but they don't need it. Grade: B+

Defense: Cornerback Tramaine Brock provides the defense's only takeaway. Otherwise, the 49ers are efficient but not flashy in forcing six Titans punts. Neither the offense nor the defense, however, shows a killer instinct in the fourth quarter. Grade: B+

Special teams: C.J. Spillman makes another big tackle on punt coverage while rookie cornerback Darryl Morris, perhaps the fastest 49er, makes his presence felt with two tackles. Kassim Osgood recovers a muffed punt in the end zone for a touchdown. Grade: A-

Overall: The 49ers obviously aren't distracted by the second, London leg, of their two-week trip. They're focused against Tennessee and now take a four-game winning streak to Wembley Stadium against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars. Grade: A-

– Matthew Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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