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49ers report card vs. Cardinals

QUARTERBACKS

Colin Kaepernick made some beautiful throws to Vernon Davis. He also fumbled twice and threw an interception.

B

San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals

X

RUNNING BACKS

Not one of Frank Gore's greatest games, but a good one — especially when it counted most.

B

RECEIVERS

The only guy getting open was Davis, but man did he get open in the first half.

C

OFFENSIVE LINE

The Cardinals have a strong front seven, and this game was sometimes a struggle for the Niners' O-line.

C

DEFENSIVE LINE

Justin Smith had a big hit on Carson Palmer near the end, but mostly it was mix-and-match up front.

C

LINEBACKERS

With Corey Lemonier's coming-out party, the fans hardly missed Aldon Smith.

B

DEFENSIVE BACKS

A couple big mistakes were outweighed by two interceptions (Eric Reid, Carlos Rogers) and Reid's fumble recovery.

B

SPECIAL TEAMS

Phil Dawson was 3 for 3 on field-goal tries, and the kickoff coverage was excellent.

B

COACHING / OVERALL

A little scarier than expected, but a win is a win the NFC West

B

DEFENSIVE LINE

Justin Smith had a big hit on Carson Palmer near the end, but mostly it was mix-and-match up front.

C

LINEBACKERS

With Corey Lemonier's coming-out party, the fans hardly missed Aldon Smith.

B

DEFENSIVE BACKS

A couple big mistakes were outweighed by two interceptions (Eric Reid, Carlos Rogers) and Reid's fumble recovery.

B

SPECIAL TEAMS

Phil Dawson was 3 for 3 on field-goal tries, and the kickoff coverage was excellent.

B

COACHING / OVERALL

A little scarier than expected, but a win is a win the NFC West

B

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