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49ers report card: Blaine Gabbert, special teams shine in overtime win

Blaine Gabbert (2) passes against St. Louis during the first half in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Gabbert finished the game with 354 pssing yards, his biggest output as a 49er.
Blaine Gabbert (2) passes against St. Louis during the first half in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Gabbert finished the game with 354 pssing yards, his biggest output as a 49er. The Associated Press

Offense: The 49ers narrowly avoided tying a franchise record for fewest points in a 16-game season. They still finished last in scoring in the NFL despite their second overtime win of the season. Blaine Gabbert finished with 354 passing yards, his biggest output as a 49er.

Grade: C+

Defense: The 49ers allowed only one touchdown, which came after the Rams intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the 3-yard line. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman had another strong game at inside linebacker, but the 49ers failed to put pressure on St. Louis quarterback Case Keenum. Grade: B

Special teams: Dontae Johnson took top honors for blocking the Rams’ potential game-winning field goal. A close second: Phil Dawson, who hit all four field-goal attempts, including the game winner in overtime. Bradley Pinion bounced back with some booming punts. Grade: A-

Overall: Jim Tomsula merely needed to show improvement – any improvement – over the final month of the season. He didn’t. He had two wins after a Week 10 bye, both in overtime to teams with losing records. The music has stopped on the 2015 season, and Tomsula doesn’t have a seat. Grade: C

SF 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert says his mindset is "going to be the starting quarterback" during his postgame interview after he lead the team to a 19-16 overtime win over the St Louis Rams. Video by Manny Crisostomo Sacramento Bee

"Today is about the players not about Jim's job," ​says SF 49ers coach Jim Tomsula during his postgame interview after the team beat the St Louis Rams 19-16 in overtime. Video by Manny Crisostomo Sacramento Bee.

Football fans share their thoughts on Jim Tomsula's future as SF 49ers head coach before Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

SF 49ers injured QB Colin Kaepernick thrilled fans as he spend some time signing autographs before the 49ers game against the St. Louis Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday.

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

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