49ers review vs. Giants: Defensive backs, specialists

October 16, 2012, 5:20 pm
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The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants concludes . . .Defensive backs
20-Perrish Cox: He played just four snaps of defense. He tracked down David Wilson to force him out of bounds at the end of a 66-yard kickoff return to open second half.
22-Carlos Rogers: He started at left cornerback and played 64 snaps. . . He had three tackles and broke up three passes, but could've had two interceptions, too. . . He was in coverage against Victor Cruz on the 6-yard TD in the second quarter. It appeared as if Donte Whitner was expected to provide inside help. . . Made a good play in coverage to hold Cruz to an 8-yard pass on a third-and-10 late in the first half. . . Dropped what should've been an easy interception in the third quarter while working against Cruz. . . Had another chance for a pick on a deep pass to Cruz, but Rogers did not go up for the ball to catch it at its highest point and Cruz broke up the pass.
25-Tarell Brown: He played all but one snap in the game and had seven tackles, but he also gave up a few plays, too. . . Peeled off his man and had chance to make a play on the ball, but went for Cruz instead. Cruz caught an 11-yard pass on a third-and-6 situation. . . Cruz created separation with a stop-and-go with a comeback for a 16-yard gain in second quarter. On the next play, he had OK coverage on Hakeem Nicks, but Eli Manning made a perfect throw for another 16-yard gain. . Nicks went up to make 26-yard pass against him. Brown was also called for pass interference on the play. . . Made move around TE Bear Pascoe off the left side to block Lawrence Tynes' 40-yard field goal attempt in closing seconds of first half. . . Good coverage against Hixon in end zone for incomplete pass in third quarter. . . Called for offside that gave the Giants a first down on a field-goal attempt.
26-Tramaine Brock: He did not play on defense.
27-C.J. Spillman: He played one snap on defense in a goal-line situation.
28-Darcel McBath: He did not play any defense, but contributed 21 plays on special teams.
29-Chris Culliver: He played 20 snaps of defense and had his least-effective game as the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback. . . He had four tackles. . . Struggled against Giants WR Domenik Hixon, allowing a 39-yard pass on a third-and-6 in the second quarter. Three plays later Hixon had a 16-yard catch at the sideline against Culliver on a third-and-8. Also gave up catches of 9 and 14 yards to Hixon in the second quarter.
30-Trenton Robinson: Was not active (coaches' decision).
31-Donte Whitner: He recorded five tackles and had one tackle for a loss. . . Shifted to shadow Victor Cruz went in motion but bit hard on run fake on 6-yard TD pass to Cruz in second quarter.
38-Dashon Goldson: He played all but one snap in the game and recorded eight tackles, and attacked the line of scrimmage in the run game, and had one tackle for a loss. . . Missed tackle in open field on RB Ahmad Bradshaw, enabling him to pick up final 8 yards on a 23-yard carry in the fourth quarter.Specialists
2-David Akers: He missed two of his three field-goal attempts. . . Good snap and hold, but hooked 43-yard attempt wide right at end of 49ers' opening drive. . . Again, was provided a perfect snap and hold on 52-yard attempt at end of first half. He pushed that one wide left.
4-Andy Lee: He averaged 49.8 yards (49.3 net) on four punts with one punt inside the 20-yard line.
86-Brian Jennings: He handled the long-snapping chores with no problems.

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