San Francisco 49ers

49ers report card: Team shows effort they can build off

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws against the N.Y. Giants during the second quarter on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws against the N.Y. Giants during the second quarter on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Associated Press

Offense: The 49ers came out conservatively – and who can blame them after Colin Kaepernick’s last two rickety outings. However, the quarterback gained confidence throughout the contest and the offensive production rose, too. It just wasn’t enough to keep pace with Eli Manning and the Giants. Grade: B

Defense: One of the biggest differences between previous incarnations of San Francisco’s defense and this one is that the 2015 version gives up a lot of big plays. Eli Manning finished with 441 passing yards, including a 49-yarder to his favorite target, Odell Beckham Jr, who finished with 121 yards and a touchdown. Tramaine Brock’s interception at the end of the half lifts the grade. Grade: D+

Special teams: Phil Dawson had only one miss on the season – a blocked field goal in Week 1 that wasn’t his fault. Rookie Bradley Pinion, however, continues to search for consistency in the punting game. Jarryd Hayne provided a boost with a 16-yard return in the third quarter. But the defense didn’t force enough punts for Hayne to make an impact: Grade: B

Overall: The 49ers put up a good fight on national television and can build off their effort as they get set to host the Ravens and Seahawks. But it also was their fourth consecutive loss and gives them a deep, four-game hole in the NFC West from which they must try to escape. Grade: C

Matt Barrows

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