PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Alex Smith had another miserable performance. He simply was unable to play catch with open receivers, no matter the depth of the pattern. He completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes for the fourth time in the six full games he has played. He badly underthrew Darrell Jackson on the first play of the game in what could have been a quick-strike touchdown for the 49ers. Smith was also sacked three times, losing two fumbles in the process. It was another horrid performance for the NFL's worst passing team.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- Frank Gore got some rushing yards. But because the 49ers were so far behind, they had to abandon the most successful part of their offensive attack. Gore gained 72 yards on 13 carries. But when the 49ers needed 1 yard on a fourth-and-goal from the Seahawks' 2-yard line, the line couldn't get the necessary push, and fullback Moran Norris was obliterated back into Gore, who was stopped for no gain on San Francisco's best scoring opportunity of the night.
PASS DEFENSE: C-minus -- Matt Hasselbeck generally had all the time to throw that a man could ever need. Hasselbeck threw for 278 yards and two TDs, while the 49ers managed just one sack in the game. Niners cornerback Nate Clements recorded an interception and had a nice return into Seahawks territory, but the offense failed to get any points out of the exchange.
RUSH DEFENSE: A-minus -- There wasn't much else the 49ers' run defense could do, as they held Maurice Morris to just 87 yards on 28 carries. Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich saw extensive action in the team's sub package and recorded a game-high 10 tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C-plus -- It was the Andy Lee show again for the 49ers. Lee had seven punts and averaged 50.7 yards (47.1 net). Lee landed four punts inside the 20-yard line. However, the 49ers failed to recover a surprise onside kick to open the second half, despite Marcus Hudson getting his hands on the loose ball. The 49ers took over, on average, at the 30-yard line after the Seahawks' kickoffs.
COACHING: F -- There is simply no way a team should look this bad. The offensive plan was poor. The team's best receiver, tight end Vernon Davis, was kept in to block most of the game. The first pass that came his way was in the fourth quarter. The 49ers were called for their usual assortment of delays and 12-men on the field. In all, they looked woefully unprepared to play a football game while tumbling to a seventh consecutive loss, looking worse and worse week by week.
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