MAKING THE GRADE

LONDON -- Here is how the 49ers (6-2) graded in their 42-10 win Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) at Wembley Stadium:

Pass offense: Bruce Miller pulled off what Colin Kaepernick couldn't in last year's win at the Jets: hiding near the sideline as a receiver, then producing a 43-yard catch-and-run. Vernon Davis wowed the crowd with a 19-yard, tackle-breaking catch, as well as a 31-yard reception and a 2-yard touchdown catch. Kaepernick wasn't sacked, had no passes intercepted and finished with his second-best passer rating this season (117.7). Anquan Boldin had a team-high four receptions for 56 yards.

Grade: A-

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) points upwards after a two-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) points upwards after a two-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) ( Matt Dunham )

Run offense: Kaepernick and Frank Gore each ran for two touchdowns to key a 221-yard rushing attack. Kendall Hunter came on strong after halftime with 41- and 33-yard runs en route to a game-high total of 84 yards. Excellent blocking by the whole unit, especially Gore, Joe Staley, Davis, Alex Boone and Jonathan Goodwin on the touchdown runs.

Grade: A

Pass defense: No interceptions but some exceptional passes defended were made by Tarell Brown and Donte Whitner in the end zone. Tramaine Brock got beat for the Jaguars' only touchdown but played well otherwise. In perhaps their final game without Aldon Smith (assuming his return from personal treatment), the 49ers didn't sack Chad Henne in 45 pass attempts.

Grade: B


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Run defense: NaVorro Bowman had a team-high 10 tackles and Patrick Willis continued to look improved after a groin injury. Of Maurice Jones-Drew's 75 rushing yards, 30 came on a third-quarter run with the Jaguars trailing 28-3, and he later converted a fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter.

Grade: B+

Special teams: Jim Harbaugh said there's no "returner controversy" despite Kyle Williams' struggles and that the only position controversy he would ever publicly discuss is quarterback. Last year, Harbaugh said he had two starting quarterbacks, so in that case, if Williams still is a starter, does that mean Anthony Dixon also is a No. 1 kick returner and LaMichael James finally could get activated as a punt returner?

Grade: D+

Coaching: Harbaugh and his staff did a tremendous job keeping the 49ers focused on a logistically challenging trip that's produced consecutive wins. Greg Roman's game plan showed the creative spirit that was lacking earlier this season, making one wonder if he holds a grudge against the Jaguars for passing on him as a coaching candidate.

Grade: A

-- CAM INMAN