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PASSING OFFENSE: F -- QB Alex Smith struggled again, as he completed just 12 of 29 passes for 201 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Smith's ill-advised throw in the third quarter that resulted in Nick Collins' interception was the turning point of the game. Smith and the 49ers offense were able to convert just three of 12 third-down attempts. At least rookie TE Vernon Davis showed some flashes with a 52-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Aside from a 72-yard run that led to just three points, RB Frank Gore did not do a whole lot. He gained 130 yards in the game, with 52 yards coming on his final 17 carries. He scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, but his disturbing trend of fumbling in crucial situations continues. Gore coughed up his seventh fumble of the season in the first quarter, giving the Packers the ball at the 49ers 8-yard line. PASS DEFENSE: F -- The 49ers were unable to generate a pass rush, and the coverage in the secondary was porous. As a result, QB Brett Favre torched the 49ers for 293 yards and two touchdowns. His passer rating for the game was 111.5. Donald Driver gave the 49ers defense fits, as he caught nine passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers did themselves no favors with a blown coverage resulting in Ruvell Martin's 36-yard touchdown in the first quarter. RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus -- The Packers got some big yards against the 49ers in the first half before they realized they would face a lot less resistance through the air. Ahman Green rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown. He gained 48 yards in the first half as the Packers jumped out to a 17-3 lead. SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- The 49ers were two touchdowns behind when they allowed Charles Woodson's 40-yard punt return to set up a field goal. The 49ers accounted for some yards in the return game, but they also gave up some. Andy Lee averaged 45.8 yards on five punts, and Joe Nedney made field goals of 24 and 36 yards. COACHING: D -- Coach Mike Nolan had two successful replay challenges, but it is difficult to award high marks after the team plays this kind of game. All things considered, it might have been the 49ers' worst game of the season. Defensively, the 49ers needed to make some adjustments with their pressure to get Favre moving around. That did not happen, and he was able to torch the 49ers down the field. Offensively, coordinator Norv Turner never seemed to get into a rhythm with seven fruitless possessions that lasted three plays or fewer.
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