49ers report card

In a season of cover-the-eyes horrible performances, San Francisco's 41-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks had to rank up there among the very worst – and was perhaps THE worst – and the 49ers get a batch of sorry grades this week to reflect that.

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- QB Alex Smith completed just nine of 22 passes for 77 yards and one interception. Only four of those completions resulted in first downs. The 49ers' two best offensive plays – completions of 53 yards to Kevan Barlow and 26 yards to Jason McAddley - were called back due to ineligible-downfield penalties. Smith also was sacked four times as the protection in front of the rookie was shaky. But not quite as shaky as he was.

RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- The 49ers managed just 62 yards rushing on 21 carries, and Smith botched a handoff to Barlow that resulted in a turnover and immediate points for the Seahawks. The 49ers had two first downs rushing, the same number they had via Seahawks penalties. Smith scrambled six times for 20 yards. Barlow was limited to 33 yards on 11 carries. Take away his 11-yard gain, and San Francisco running backs gained 31 yards on 14 carries.

PASSING DEFENSE: F -- The 49ers are in an almost impossible situation with such an inexperienced secondary, but they still have way too many mental mistakes. The pass rush is awful, and when Matt Hasselbeck was given so much time, he was certain to find a defensive breakdowns to exploit. Hasselbeck compiled a 127.2 passer rating with four touchdown passes. Even when they 49ers were close they failed to make plays as Hasselbeck picked them apart on 21 of 25 passing.

RUSHING DEFENSE: D -- Shaun Alexander averaged 5.1 yards a carry, which, all things considered, was a pretty decent job from the defense. Alexander gained 108 yards on 21 carries. The Seahawks as a team rushed for 185 yards on 40 tries. The 49ers were bludgeoned up front by a superior line and their linebackers couldn't get off blocks at the second level, though Julian Peterson (12 tackles), Derek Smith (eight) and Brandon Moore (eight) fought hard to get to the ball and stop the defensive bleeding.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- The Seahawks' average starting point was their own 37-yard line, while the 49ers took over on average at the 24. The 49ers received eight kickoffs and were never able to generate much in the way of field position. P Andy Lee did not have one of his better days but he still managed a respectable 36.3 net average. K Joe Nedney accounted for the team's only points with a 39-yard field goal.

COACHING: D -- What else can be done? The 49ers are completely overmatched on the field, and the coaching staff has not been able to come up with any miracles. All the defensive mix-ups are inexcusable because coach Mike Nolan has a defensive background. Also, the 49ers regularly use their timeouts on defense, a sign that they're not completely organized in what they're trying to accomplish. The 49ers continue to make virtually no in-game adjustments to the situations they are facing. San Francisco lost by two points to Seattle just three weeks ago, but was completely manhandled this time by a team that had played a Monday night game on the East Coast six days before.

OVERALL: F -- In a season of cover-the-eyes horrible performances, this one had to rank up there among the very worst. And was perhaps THE worst. The 49ers looked like they didn't even belong on the same field as the Seahawks, and they clearly are getting worse instead of better as this dismal season drags to an unmerciful conclusion.


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