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49ers Report Card

Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 - 11:48 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 - 7:05 am

Report Card

Offense: It still looks ugly at times, but the 49ers’ deep passing game returns after a two-game absence. Colin Kaepernick has nice chemistry with Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Add another steady target, and he’s golden.

Grade: B+

Defense: The unit gives up an end-of-half field goal but clamps down on Robert Griffin and the Redskins in the second half. Aldon Smith has a strong game and looks to be back in form for the team’s stretch run.

Grade: A

Special teams: LaMichael James has been a more aggressive alternative than his predecessor on punt returns, Kyle Williams, averaging 14.4 yards a return Monday. The coverage units are solid after a lapse last week in New Orleans.

Grade: A

Overall: The 49ers needed a win to stay ahead of the Cardinals in the hunt for a playoff spot and got it. They now return home for two straight games against division opponents, as well as a chance to get on a roll before the postseason.

Grade: B+

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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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