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49ers report card

Published: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 - 9:21 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 - 7:06 am

REPORT CARD

Offense: The 49ers don’t get many “chunk” plays, but they get a huge one – Frank Gore’s 51-yard run – when they need it most. Colin Kaepernick is solid but again gets little help beyond Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Grade: B

Defense: The unit gives up two long touchdown drives in the second quarter but holds the Seahawks to a field goal in the second half. Cornerback Eric Wright makes sure Russell Wilson doesn’t get his fifth come-from-behind win by making a game-sealing interception. Grade: B+

Special teams: Kassim Osgood blocks a punt, LaMichael James resumes his role as an aggressive returner and Phil Dawson sets a 49ers record with his 19th consecutive field goal. A big Seattle punt return in the fourth quarter sets up a field goal that briefly gives the Seahawks the lead. Grade: B

Overall: The 49ers hold onto their spot in the playoffs and perhaps more importantly prove they can beat a playoff-caliber team. The road to the Super Bowl likely will go through Seattle; knowing they can beat the Seahawks can only help. Grade: A

– Matthew Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

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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