San Francisco 49ers

Report card: 49ers sloppy, not sleepy, in road loss

Offense: Blaine Gabbert has a solid outing despite a reshuffled offensive line in front of him and a decidedly inexperienced running backs corps behind him. He threw two touchdowns and no interceptions. But his fumble at the 1-yard line led to a quick seven points for Detroit. Grade: C+

Defense: The 49ers committed six neutral-zone or offsides infractions in the first half alone. Meanwhile, Pro Bowler NaVorro Bowman followed one of his best efforts of the season against the Bengals with a ho hum game against the Lions. Mistackles were a problem throughout for the 49ers defense. Grade: D+

Special teams: The Lions returned their first kickoff 46 yards. They also converted a fake punt in the opening quarter, extending a drive on which they eventually scored their first touchdown. To top it off, Phil Dawson was wide left on a 45-yard field-goal attempt, his first miss of the season that was not blocked. Grade: D-

Overall: Energy has been elusive for the 49ers this year, especially on the road. But they seemed to have it in abundance against Detroit, maybe too much of it. Instead of being too sleepy, San Francisco was too sloppy. The 49ers finished with 11 penalties, most of them encroachment calls. Grade: C-

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

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