Here is how the 49ers graded in their Week 4 win over the Philadelphia Eagles:
Colin Kaepernick: C+
This might sound harsh after a win, but Kaepernick did not play his best game on Sunday against the Eagles. There were several poor decisions on passes throughout the first half and one of them led to a pick-six. He had some beautiful throws to Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson, but this game leaves a few unsatisfied with how inconsistent he was. The wasted timeout and delay of game penalties still show there are issues with clock management and fortunate that they didn’t cost the 49ers the game. Lots of self mistakes, but his second half brings his grade up to a C+.
Running Backs: A-
Frank Gore had plenty of carries in a healthy quantity on Sunday. On 24 carries, he had 119 yards while also scoring on a 55-yard touchdown reception which ended up being a broken play. Carlos Hyde lowers this grade a tad, as he showed impatience between the tackles and only had a paltry 26 yards on 10 carries.
Wide Receivers: B
Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson had the more important receptions of the game on third down with the latter scoring a touchdown. Michael Crabtree played through his injury and even returned in the middle of the game being a threat. Brandon Lloyd also contributed with a 23-yard reception as the ball was thrown behind him.
Tight Ends: C
Vernon Davis left the game early, but still had impact with other receivers getting open as a result. Derek Carrier had one reception, but turned out to be an effective blocker when called upon. He was the only tight end who was active with Vance McDonald being scratched.
Offensive Line: B
The running game was impressive whenever Frank Gore would get the ball. Pass protection has some concerns, but Kaepernick was able to avoid trouble for most of the time minus the blitzes. With the ground game effective, it helped establish the passing for later.
This was not the greatest game plan to start as they called three passing plays in the beginning, but they didn’t abandon the run like last week. Unfortunately the delay of game penalties need to stop in order to keep momentum on their side. They had a chance to bury the Eagles and put the game away in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t score a touchdown drive in the second half without the help of the defense. Two field goals will not cut it as they need to be better than this in the future.