San Francisco 49ers

Report card: 49ers find new, excruciating way to lose

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. AP

Offense: Brian Hoyer finished regulation time on fire, including big fourth-quarter throws to Marquise Goodwin and rookie tight end George Kittle, both of which set up touchdowns. But he and the 49ers couldn’t take advantage of Ray-Ray Armstrong’s interception in overtime and gave the ball back to the Indianapolis Colts so that they could win it instead. Grade: C-

Defense: The 49ers have just three interceptions on the season. Two of them have been delivered by Armstrong, whose second came in the end zone in overtime on Sunday. For a short moment, that play masked a game that was full of missed tackles, especially by the 49ers secondary. Grade: C-

Special teams: Robbie Gould has now made 31 consecutive field goals dating to last season while Bradley Pinion continued to get the 49ers out of jams with big punts. The only blemish Sunday was a nearly botched kickoff in which Matt Breida and Victor Bolden Jr. collided. Grade: A-

Overall: For a big chunk of Sunday’s 26-23 loss, the 49ers were sloppy, missed tackles and had no pep. Worse news after two straight overtime losses: They have an even longer trip next week to face the Washington Redskins and two weeks after that they’re back on the East Coast to play the Philadelphia Eagles. Grade: C-

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