49ers Report Card: Strong marks for 49ers' win against Lions

  • 49ers running back Frank Gore celebrates after his short touchdown run Sunday against the Lions. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

Quarterbacks: A Alex Smith had one of his best games — despite a cut nose and half a dozen dropped passes.

Running Backs: B Frank Gore fell short of 100 yards (89), but looked nimble throughout the night.

Receivers: B Too many drops for the group, but Michael Crabtree and TE Vernon Davis came up with big plays.

Offensive Line: B The Lions have a big, mean line, but the 49ers rushed for 5.5 yards a carry.

Defensive Line: B Justin Smith (5 tackles) led a solid effort against the run.

Linebackers: A Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman combined for 17 tackles and Aldon Smith had a sack.

Defensive Backs: A Great job keeping Calvin Johnson out of the end zone. Dashon Goldson got an interception.

Special Teams: D Kendall Hunter’s fumbled kickoff return could have put the 49ers in an early hole.

Coaching/Overall: A The 49ers were never out of control in this tough, hard-hitting game.

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