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49ers report card: Tough sledding in snowy Chicago

San Francisco 49ers running back Shaun Draughn (24) is tackled by Chicago Bears defenders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Chicago.
San Francisco 49ers running back Shaun Draughn (24) is tackled by Chicago Bears defenders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Chicago. The Associated Press

Report card

Offense: The 49ers seemed uninterested in throwing the ball in the first half and incapable of doing so in the second half. They ended up switching quarterbacks and nearly set a franchise record for fewest net passing yards. They were sacked six times, including for a safety. Grade: F-

Defense: A common image for the 49ers this season: A 49ers cornerback running alongside an opposing wide receiver downfield, but with his head turned the wrong way. Matt Barkley got on a roll at the end of the first half and ended up averaging more than 17 yards per completion. Grade: D-

Special teams: Shaun Draughn blocked a punt, Jimmie Ward recovered a fumbled Bears kickoff and Phil Dawson made both of his field-goal attempts. At the same time, the 49ers remain one of the few teams in the NFL with neither a special teams nor a defensive touchdown this season. Grade: A-

Overall: The 49ers made a statement. That statement: We are the worst team in the NFC. The 49ers entered the game with one win, the injury-riddled Bears with two. Every other team in the conference has at least three victories. Grade: F

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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