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49ers report card

  • Colin Kaepernick uses a stiff-arm to fend off Whitney Mercilus and run for a first down. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

QUARTERBACKS

Colin Kaepernick made enough plays to keep the 49ers on top. It just wasn't his day to play a starring role.

B

San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans

X

RUNNING BACKS

Everyone got into the act today, but it was Frank Gore who had the biggest impact with 81 rushing yards.

B

RECEIVERS

An extremely quiet day until TE Vernon Davis' 64-yard scoring catch in the fourth quarter.

C

OFFENSIVE LINE

The run blocking was superb. On the other hand, Houston DE JJ Watt terrorized Anthony Davis on pass plays.

B

DEFENSIVE LINE

Ray McDonald had a sack and his replacement, Tony Jerod-Eddie, had an interception.

B

LINEBACKERS

NaVorro Bowman's 13 tackles weren't a surprise. Michael Wilhoite's 11 were.

A

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Passing downs were a nightmare for the Texans. Nickel back Tramaine Brock came up big with 2 interceptions.

A

SPECIAL TEAMS

Superb kickoff coverage kept the Texans in a hole all day. Phil Dawson nailed both field-goal attempts.

COACHING/OVERALL

The 49ers looked like the best team in the NFC West today.

A

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