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QUARTERBACKS: Jeff Garcia bounced a few passes, and his interception was a bad throw that was jumped on by a defender. But he also danced, bought time, scrambled like only he can, and ran the offense with aplomb. For the most part, he was crisp and sharp while throwing for 229 yards and two touchdowns and also running for another. Grade: B+ RUNNING BACKS: The Garrison Hearst/Kevan Barlow tandem worked great as the duo combined for 118 yards on 26 carries. Hearst rushed for a touchdown and also had 41 yards and a touchdown receiving. Fullback Fred Beasley has had better games. Grade: A- RECEIVERS: Terrell Owens beat constant double coverage for game-high totals of seven receptions for 112 yards. Tai Streets added 48 yards on four catches and got into the end zone while absorbing a big hit. Streets couldn't snag a pass that was on his hands on a third-down play. This group had some miscommunication with Garcia on pass routes. Grade: B TIGHT ENDS: A quiet day for Jed Weaver and Aaron Walker, who were not called upon in the passing game. Weaver's blocking was fine. Grade B OFFENSIVE LINE: Kyle Kosier struggled at times in place of Scott Gragg at right tackle, but this group kept Garcia upright – the Bears didn't have a sack – and paved the way for 162 yards on the ground. Grade: B+ DEFENSIVE LINE: A very strong debut for this revamped unit. It was stout against the run and also contributed in the pass rush. Rookie Anthony Adams held up well against bigger opponents and knocked down two passes. The Bears averaged just 2.8 yards a rush. Grade: A LINEBACKERS: When the Niners let this unit loose, they get results such as Sunday. Julian Peterson and Jamie Winborn were flying around the field making plays all afternoon. Derek Smith also made contributions in several areas. Grade: A SECONDARY: Benefiting from a more aggressive approach, this unit turned into a bunch of playmakers. Mike Rumph looked like a new player with five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Ahmed Plummer intercepted two passes, one of which he intercepted and one of which he returned 68 yards for a touchdown. Jimmy Williams also had a nice pick to set up a score and played well. Grade: A SPECIAL TEAMS: Great effort by Williams and Brandon Lloyd to make game-altering plays on these units. Terry Jackson was fantastic with six tackles in coverage. Grade would be higher for this unit if not for trouble catching punts. Arland Bruce bobbled or fumbled three punts, and Williams fumbled away another. Grade: A- COACHING: Defense set tone with aggressive, blitzing mentality that caused Chicago fits and took control of game. Dennis Erickson obviously had the Niners prepared in his debut as 49ers coach. Grade: A+ OVERALL: The Bears are bad, but the Niners completely befuddled them during a dominating performance that finished as the biggest season-opening rout in San Francisco's 58-year history. Grade: A
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