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49ers Report Card: Week 6

10/14/2013 12:00 AM

10/08/2014 10:51 AM

Offense: Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis have developed a wonderful chemistry, but the 49ers have no other key contributors in the passing game. Frank Gore runs hard in the second half, and an 18-play touchdown drive finishes the Cardinals. Grade: B

Defense: For the second straight week, the 49ers get two early interceptions, and this time they have a safety to boot. They give up too many big plays in the passing game, which keeps the Cardinals in the game until the fourth quarter. Grade: B-

Special teams: The coverage units are solid, but the 49ers have been getting very little from their return game, and that trend continued Sunday. Kyle Williams' kickoff flub to start the second half put San Francisco in a field- position hole. Grade: C+

Overall: The game has an odd feel to it, an indication that the 49ers still are searching for their dominant persona. The injuries also continue to mount on defense, and the team's reinforcements can't get here soon enough. Grade: B

– Matthew Barrows

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Matt Barrows 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 Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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