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49ers offensive report card vs. Falcons in Week 16

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The 49ers won 34-24 on Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons. Here are the grades for the offense:

Colin Kaepernick: B-

While he had a passer rating of 108.6, it felt like he could have done more against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. He had one explosive scramble for 22 yards and seemed shaky at first when it came to decision making. In the second half, he was able to find Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin multiple times. The biggest thing was that he didn't make the mistakes, so his grade is bumped up from a C to a B as a result.

Running Backs: A-

I liked what I saw from Frank Gore, who continued to remain strong as a downhill runner. He even called his own number on the one-yard touchdown run and averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Kendall Hunter had a 45-yard run which eventually set up a touchdown while Will Tukuafu did a great job at fullback in his first game of 2013 with the 49ers.

Wide Receivers: B+

Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin were both go-to guys when needed. Crabtree converted two third downs and had a good share of yards after catch. Kassim Osgood even contributed with a 17-yard reception. If Quinton Patton had one reception, I would've given this unit an A-. The receptions were few, but both Boldin and Crabtree made the most of them.

Tight Ends: F

Vernon Davis dropped an underthrown ball that was catchable in the third quarter. Vance McDonald was targeted twice, but had no receptions as both throws were nowhere near his hands. The tight ends were shutout on the boxscore in the passing game, but they did contribute by blocking on a WR screen play which led to a touchdown by Anquan Boldin.

Offensive Line: A-

The offensive line was not at fault for giving up three sacks due to Kaepernick not having awareness in the pocket. Frank Gore had several holes to run through which included a goal line touchdown. They also gave Kaepernick some space on the quarterback draw play up the middle which led to a score.

Coaching: C+

Let me start by saying the first half was completely dismal on offense. It was unusual how Greg Roman called passing plays when there were two different situations on third and 1. In the second half, the 49ers scored 24 points on offense and didn't punt at all. The adjustments in the second half worked with staying true to the team's identity in running the ball. Had the 49ers played like this for all four quarters, it would have been a blowout.


For grades on the 49ers defense and special teams, click here.


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