Originally posted by Baugh_Area:
Quarterback: C-. Alex Smith muffed what should have been the signature play of his career. On fourth down – the last play of the game – he rolled right, searching for a receiver. He looked like Joe Montana before he made the throw that led to the "The Catch," except he didn't throw it. He spun to his left to buy more time, and then he spun to his right once more. At this point he was 25 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Then he sprinted toward the line of scrimmage, pointed at Kendall Hunter, stopped running, set his feet and overthrew a simple 20-yard pass to Hunter, who was crossing the field towards the right sideline. Hunter had to dive just to get his fingertips on the ball. Smith has to make that throw – has to. He didn't, and the Niners lost. Here are his stats: 18 for 37, 175 yards, 62.3 rating. His completion percentage wouldn't have been as low as it was (49%) if his receivers hadn't dropped so many passes, but he still didn't play well enough to win.
Wide receivers: C-. Michael Crabtree played well against Patrick Peterson, a tough matchup, catching seven passes for 63 yards. He also made the key block downfield on Gore's touchdown run. Kyle Williams played well the few times he got the ball. Braylon Edwards was slow
to get out of his breaks all afternoon, and he missed both passes thrown his way
. Ginn Jr. egregiously missed a touchdown pass
, never even seeing the ball in the air. Kyle Williams needs to start and get more targets, period. Ginn Jr. should be used on the fly sweep and Edwards should not play.
Tight ends: F+. Delanie Walker had an atrocious game
– losing six yards by trying to reverse field on a bubble screen, and then dropping a pass when he was wide open. Vernon Davis made a great run after the catch on a 32 yard play, but that was only one of three targets he got on the day. That's not enough. On the last drive, he got flagged for a terrible false start on second and five. Harbaugh whipped his face in disgust after that one.