The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17 on Sunday afternoon. Here are the grades for the offense:
Colin Kaepernick had so-so first half with a great end in the second quarter, but that was it. The second half he ended up being highly ineffective with his throws and under-threw Michael Crabtree which resulted in an interception for Byron Maxwell. On a positive note, his eight-yard run on third down and seven helped seal the game. Unfortunately he didn't have the game that some could have expected against a depleted Seahawks group of cornerbacks.
Running Backs: B+
If Frank Gore didn't have the 51-yard run, this grade would have been a "C" or lower. I thought Gore had a mediocre game until the big run. The veteran had a perfect juke on Earl Thomas as the Seahawks safety over-committed on a bad angle. Gore proved to be adequate in pass protection when needed. Kendall Hunter had 16 yards on four carries.
Wide Receivers: C+
Anquan Boldin was a go-to guy with six receptions for 93 yards. Not only was he productive in the box score, but he also drew flags on the Seahawks secondary. Michael Crabtree had two drops and was underthrown during the interception, but finished with 40 yards on four receptions. Mario Manningham wasn't involved for the most part with Jeremy Lane, the team's fifth CB covering him. At least he was able to lay a key block on Kaepernick's eight-yard sweep run to the left. If Manningham or Crabtree were more involved, this grade would have been a "B" at minimum.
Tight Ends: C+
Vernon Davis had three receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown which was huge on third down and goal. If he doesn't catch the TD, the 49ers could have potentially lost this game. Vance McDonald struggled in run blocking for majority of the game, but he made an important block on Gore's 51-yard run.
Offensive Line: B-
Pass protection proved to be tremendous for the entire game as they allowed only two sacks and minimal pressure. The run blocking struggled for most of the afternoon, but ran better as the game wore on without Mike Iupati. They're going to need to improve at running the ball later down the stretch.
The 49ers only scored one touchdown, which was their only one in eight quarters against the Seattle Seahawks for the 2013 season. There were several opportunities where they could have been in the end zone more than once, but a bad interception and predictable play calling made this game close. They needed a few "chunk plays" and they got one run in the ugliest way possible at the most crucial part of the game.
For grades on the defense and special teams, click here.