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49ers report card vs. Panthers

  • Ahmad Brooks brings down Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Quarterbacks

Colin Kaepernick was under heavy pressure, but he must take some responsibility for his 91-yard passing day.

D

Running Backs

Frank Gore was a bright spot. Kendall Hunter lost a second-half fumble.

B

Receivers

Same old story – these guys just weren't getting open, especially after TE Vernon Davis got hurt.

D

Offensive Line

The line was overmatched and outplayed by Carolina from the start.

D

Defensive Line

Justin Smith and Glenn Dorsey did a good job clogging the line of scrimmage.

B

Linebackers

Seven tackles each for Willis and Bowman, and Ahmad Brooks (3 sacks) was a terror.

A

Defensive Backs

Tramaine Brock had an interception and Donte Whitner forced a fumble, but the Panthers did find open receivers late.

B

Special Teams

Phil Dawson was 3 for 3 on field-goal tries. The 49ers got hurt by a Ted Ginn punt return, though.

B

Coaching/Overall

Whatever the Niners did during their bye week, they should do the opposite next time.

D

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