Here are the grades for the 49ers’ 20-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
KAEPERNICK: F. Committed a heady delay-of-game penalty that knocked the Niners out of field-goal range in the second quarter, then threw a gutsy grounder on third-and-2 in the red zone down 17 points in the fourth quarter. Seattle owns this guy.
RUNNING BACKS: C. For a running back who allegedly has a stress fracture in his left foot, Carlos Hyde did well to average 3.6 yards per attempt. Reggie Bush averaged 5.3 yards per attempt, but carried the ball only four times. I guess the Niners are saving him for next week.
WIDE RECEIVERS: D. Anquan Boldin played through a pulled hamstring and seemed slower that he usually is. At times, the Seahawks were covering him with a linebacker. Seattle gave him no respect. Instead, they focused on Torrey Smith. Richard Sherman covered him the whole game, and Smith finished with zero catches and one drop.
TIGHT ENDS: B. Vernon Davis actually caught four passes for 61 yards – not a typo. Finally, the Niners can trade him.
OFFENSIVE LINE: F. Allowed six sacks, although some of those sacks seemed to be Kaepernick’s fault. He almost looked like he wanted to get sacked, so he could point to the stat sheet and say, “See, I got sacked six times,” and have an excuse for playing so poorly.
DEFENSIVE LINE: C. Gave up 176 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. The Niners’ defense was on the field for more than 38 minutes due to the offense’s ineptitude.
LINEBACKERS: B. Shut down tight end Jimmy Graham, who gained just 31 yards on two catches. For the most part, the Niners’ underneath coverage played well, as did the pass rush. Aaron Lynch and Ahmad Brooks each sacked Wilson twice.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: D. Starting cornerbacks Tramaine Brock and Kenneth Acker each picked off Wilson once, but both picks were gifts – Wilson never should have forced those passes. He didn’t need to force anything Thursday night. Seahawks receivers were wide open almost every other play. Either Niners’ defensive backs were blowing assignments, or Eric Mangini’s coverage scheme stunk. Or both.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C. Good thing the Niners spent a fifth-round pick on a punter this year. He’s making all the difference.
COACHES: F. Let’s see. The offensive game plan didn’t make sense – Kaepernick ran zero times even though the starting tailback was hurt. The defensive game plan didn’t make sense, either, unless the Niners were leaving receivers wide open on purpose. And the entire team came out flat at home against their main rival in a must-win game. Did I miss something?