Silver linings: 49ers at Packers

November, 23, 2009
11/23/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The 49ers fell to 4-6 with a 30-24 road defeat to the Packers in Week 11.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Tight end Vernon Davis made an overhead catch almost worthy of Ghost-to-the-post comparisons. Davis has become a big-time receiving threat down the middle of the field. Though his game isn't perfect, Davis has become a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end. He showed why again Sunday with six receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown.
  • Rookie Michael Crabtree caught a touchdown pass for the first time in his NFL career. He finished with four receptions for 77 yards.
  • Quarterback Alex Smith tossed three second-half touchdown passes on his way to an 88.8 passer rating.
  • Running back Frank Gore had a 42-yard run.
  • Receiver Josh Morgan gained 76 yards on a kickoff return.
  • Outside linebackers Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson each recorded sacks.
Looking ahead: The 49ers face the Jaguars at home in Week 12.

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