MAKING THE GRADE

SANTA CLARA — Here is how the 49ers (4-2) graded in their 30-22 win Sunday over the visiting Arizona Cardinals (3-3):

Pass offense: It's become embarrassing how much the 49ers rely on Vernon Davis (180 yards, two-touchdowns) and Anquan Boldin (three catches, 28 yards). But at least Davis embarrassed the Cardinals defense, with Colin Kaepernick's help. Kyle Williams' first catch in three games was a clutch, third-down conversion on the final TD drive. Jon Baldwin: 2 starts, 2 targets each game, 1 reception for 9 yards, 1 collective sigh.

Grade: B+

San Francisco 49ers’ Vernon Davis (85) scores a touchdown on a 61 yard pass from San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7)
San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis (85) scores a touchdown on a 61 yard pass from San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

Run offense: Bruce Miller gets top billing here for his fourth-and-1 conversion on the 18-play touchdown drive. Frank Gore (25 carries, 101 yards) was his steady self behind offensive linemen playing hurt. The 49ers are 27-7 when Gore hits the 100-yard plateau, 33-7-1 when he has at least 20 carries.

Grade: B+

Pass defense: They came through with interceptions (Rookie of the Year candidate Eric Reid, savvy veteran Carlos Rogers), a forced fumble (Patrick Willis on Larry Fitzgerald) and a safety (rookie Corey Lemonier). But the only sack of Palmer was on Lemonier's safety and that failure to finish a pass rush could use work as the 49ers face sub-par QBs in the coming weeks.

Grade: B+

Run defense: The 49ers allowed a season-high 5.2 yards per carry in Willis' return from a two-game hiatus. It didn't help losing starting nose tackle Glenn Dorsey to a hamstring injury in the first quarter. The longest run allowed was Andre Ellington's 15-yard score. Solid effort for an injury-impacted unit.

Grade: C+

Special teams: As great as the coverages units have been, the 49ers lack any return-game threat. With LaMichael James a healthy scratch, Kyle Williams' punt returns consisted of four fair catches and a 7-yard effort, and Williams also fumbled the second half's opening kickoff.

Grade: B

Coaching: Jim Harbaugh's "Olive Jar" analogy forced four more turnovers. Vic Fangio's defense was aptly prepared to defend a potentially tying two-point conversion. Greg Roman's play calls came on strong in the 18-play, run-oriented touchdown drive.

Grade: B+

-- CAM INMAN