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49ers make the grade

  • Denver Broncos' J.D.Williams, left, tackles San Francisco 49ers' Frank Gore, right, during the NFL Football match between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

After every 49ers game this season, Press Democrat staff writer Eric Branch will grade the team's performance. Following are his grades after Sunday's win over the Broncos in London:


QUARTERBACK Troy Smith didn't commit a turnover and compiled a quarterback rating of 115.2, a figure Alex Smith has topped twice in 50 career games.


RUNNING BACKS Frank Gore (29 carries, 118 yards) got a rest ... when the Niners led by one score with 2:14 left in the game? Such curious decisions, obviously, aren't quite as magnified in wins.


WIDE RECEIVERS Delanie Walker and Michael Crabtree had six of their eight catches and 122 of their 138 yards in the second half, when the Niners needed it most.

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