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Tough loss equals poor grades

After every 49ers home game this season Press Democrat staff writer Phil Barber will grade the team's effort. Following are his grades for the Niners' effort in Sunday's NFC Championship game against the New York Giants:

49ERS REPORT CARD

Quarterbacks: C

Under duress for much of the night, Alex Smith never found a rhythm with anyone except Vernon Davis.

Running Backs: A

Frank Gore ran hard all night and finished with 119 yards from scrimmage. Kendall Hunter chipped in with 31.


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