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Domo's Report Card: Eagles-Niners

Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss to San Francisco. Click here to enter your grades. We will publish the results in Tuesday's Daily News.

Domo's Report Card: Eagles-Niners

Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss to San Francisco. Click here to enter your grades. We will publish the results in Tuesday's Daily News.

RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy entered the game as the league’s second leading rusher with 345 yards. Almost two-thirds of those yards came out of one-back, two-tight-end sets. So naturally yesterday the Eagles rarely used two-tight-end sets and McCoy had just nine rushing attempts. WTF?

Grade: D

PASSING OFFENSE: Michael Vick threw for a career-high 416 yards and DeSean Jackson reappeared in the Eagles’ offense with six catches for 171 yards. While Vick completed eight of nine third-down passes, just four of them were for first downs and he threw just two TD passes, both in the first half. Jeremy Maclin had seven catches, but his late, fourth-quarter fumble killed a potential game-winning scoring drive.

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Grade: B

RUN DEFENSE: In the Niners’ first three games, Frank Gore had averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. Against the Eagles, he averaged a whopping 8.5 and collected a season-high 127 yards. The Eagles gave up six runs of 10 yards or more, including 40- and 25-yarders to Gore, who was playing on a gimpy ankle. Imagine if he was healthy.

Grade: F

PASS DEFENSE: Niners quarterback Alex Smith came into the game with just two TD passes and was averaging just 6.81 yards per attempt. Averaged 8.8 against the Eagles and added two more TDs. He had six completions of 18-plus yards. The Eagles’ problems covering tight ends and running backs continued. Vernon Davis caught a late, third-quarter TD pass and rookie running back Kendall Hunter had a 44-yard catch and run that set up another Niners score.

Grade: F

SPECIAL TEAMS: Rookie kicker Alex Henery missed two very makeable second-half field goals in a game the Eagles lost by a point. Costly? You do the math. King Dunlap blocked a David Akers field goal. Coverage units did an effective job of shutting down Niners return man Ted Ginn Jr. But oh, those misses by Henery.

Grade: D

OVERALL: Up 20-3 at the half, the Eagles never showed up for the final two quarters. Scored just three points. Managed just eight first downs. And Juan Castillo’s defense gave up a fourth-quarter lead for the third straight week. The Dream Team has turned into Andy Reid’s biggest nightmare.

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To read our earlier coverage, click here.

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