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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) pushes Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) away after he was intercepted on the last play in the fourth quarter during the NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

49ers report card vs. Seattle

Published: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 - 11:07 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Report card

Offense: Colin Kaepernick now owns three of the NFL’s top five rushing performances for a quarterback in the postseason after his 130-yard day. But his three turnovers in the fourth quarter offset his ground dominance. Frank Gore rushes for only 14 yards. Grade: C

Defense: As was the case in last year’s playoffs, big plays – a 40-yard Marshawn Lynch touchdown run and a 35-yard touchdown catch by Jermaine Kearse – doom the 49ers. Lynch runs for 109 yards, the first rusher to go over 100 yards against San Francisco all season. Grade: C

Special teams: LaMichael James’ muffed punt return to start the second quarter could have been disastrous, but Darryl Morris pounced on the loose ball. The 49ers also allowed a 69-yard kickoff return by Doug Baldwin in the third quarter. Grade: D+

Overall: The 49ers’ season ends with a heartbreaking loss for the third year in a row. The pain is doubled after two key players, NaVorro Bowman and Mike Iupati, leave with injuries that will last well into the offseason. Grade: C

– Matthew Barrows

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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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