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49ers report card from Thursday’s game against Seattle

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) reacts after he intercepted a pass to 49ers wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (84) in the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday, November 27, 2014 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) reacts after he intercepted a pass to 49ers wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (84) in the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday, November 27, 2014 in Santa Clara, Calif. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

▪ Offense: The unit was barely competent against bad teams in recent weeks. Against the Seahawks’ top-ranked defense, the 49ers were embarrassed. One of the many ugly barometers: they crossed midfield once in the first half, managing to reach Seattle’s 49-yard line on the final play. Grade F

▪ Defense: Linebacker Chris Borland was excellent early, but he and his defensive mates had trouble with the most elementary of plays, the dump-off pass to the tailback. Ten of the Seahawks’ points were at least aided by that play. Grade: B-

▪ Special teams: Here’s how rotten things were for the 49ers: The Seahawks’ punter flubbed a snap, recovered to get a punt off, which the 49ers fumbled. The special-teams units are solid – especially Andy Lee’s punting – but they again can’t supply any semblance of a spark. Grade: C-

▪ Overall: If the 49ers were this bad against the Seahawks at home, what’s going to happen when they go to Seattle in two weeks? San Francisco has dug itself a hole, and it will require a steep climb over the next four weeks to get out. Grade: D

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