San Francisco 49ers

Report card: In battle of bad teams, the 49ers are the worst

DeForest Buckner of the 49ers, left, tries to bring down Jets quarterback Bryce Petty in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016.
DeForest Buckner of the 49ers, left, tries to bring down Jets quarterback Bryce Petty in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. The Associated Press

Report card

Offense: The 49ers squandered Carlos Hyde’s 193 rushing yards and, as has been their habit all season, couldn’t muster any points or meaningful yards in the second half. They also lost their two most explosive pass catchers, Torrey Smith and Vance McDonald, to injuries. Grade: D

Defense: The 49ers, who entered Sunday’s game with just 20 sacks, ended up sacking New York’s Bryce Petty a season-high six times. But a flood of missed tackles, including from 30-somethings Antoine Bethea and Ahmad Brooks, helped the Jets crawl back into the game. Grade: D

Special teams: Phil Dawson’s field-goal streak ended, as he missed twice – from 44 and 48 yards – which ended up being massive in an overtime loss. Dawson also booted a kickoff out of bounds in the first quarter, proof that even 18-year veterans go through rough patches. Grade: D-

Overall: While the Jets began Sunday’s game looking as if they were only mildly interested in finishing the season, the 49ers ended the game looking only mildly interested. Their second-half collapses continued, proving again that the 49ers are at least the second worst team in the NFL.

Grade: D-

Matt Barrows

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