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Overall grades take a hit

  • Kansas City Chiefs running back Thomas Jones (20) leaps over San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nate Clements (22) to score a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won the game 31-10. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Each week Press Democrat sports writer Eric Branch will grade the 49ers' effort. Today a look at how they did on Sunday against the Chiefs at Kansas City...

<b.Quarterback

D</b>

Two steps forward. Three (four?) steps back. Even on the rare occasions when he had time, Alex Smith looked jittery. Before the final garbage-time drive, Smith's QB rating was 49.8, which is not good.

<b>Running backs


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