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49ers report card vs. Falcons

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 - 10:50 pm


Offense: Colin Kaepernick and Michael Crabtree heat up at the right time, and the receiver’s 102-yard effort leads the 49ers’ second-half surge. Tight end Vernon Davis, however, has a rare off night that includes three drops.

Grade: B

Defense: The unit gives up only two big plays, but both lead to Falcons touchdowns, including Matt Ryan’s 39-yard strike to Roddy White in the fourth quarter. Safety Eric Reid has had a solid rookie season but struggled at times Monday.

Grade: B

Special teams: Phil Dawson kicks his 26th consecutive field goal to extend his franchise record. The usually solid coverage units allow a big return just before the end of the first half that helps set up a Falcons field goal.

Grade: B

Overall: It wasn’t the easy victory and carefree celebration fans were hoping for against the four-win Falcons. But the 49ers have wrapped up a playoff berth for the third consecutive season and have won five straight games as the playoffs approach.

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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