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49ers report card vs. Green Bay

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 - 6:40 am


Offense: Colin Kaepernick leads all rushers with 98 yards, and the 49ers roll up 381 yards on the day. Kaepernick’s grade drops slightly because of a few bad decisions on throws, but as was the case last year in the playoffs, he’s clutch when the game is on the line. Grade: B+

Defense: This was a vintage game by the defense, harassing Aaron Rodgers with four rushers and sacking him four times. Rodgers was able to get into a zone at times, but he finished with only 177 yards and one touchdown. Grade: A-

Special teams: The cold temperatures may have been hardest on the 49ers’ specialists, but Phil Dawson came through with two short field goals and then the game-winner. LaMichael James has a nice kickoff return to help set up a 49ers touchdown in the fourth quarter. Grade: A-

Overall: We knew last year that Kaepernick was capable of engineering big playoff wins at home and in domes. Now we know he can do it on the road in the most inhospitable of environments. That’s a good sign with the Super Bowl scheduled for Feb. 2 in New Jersey. Grade: A

– 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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