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For the second straight season the Niners have the league's most underrated defender.
Carlos Rogers: B
Gave up a handful of short receptions on hitches, out routes in bunch formations and short crossing routes, but always tackled well and didn't get burned for a big play. Rogers was known as a guy who shied away from physical play before coming to the 49ers, but has been quite the opposite in his two seasons here.
Tarell Brown: A-
Had one of his best games of the season as the Cardinals really didn't test his side of the field much at all. Very surprising to see, but credit has to go to Brown.
Chris Culliver: A+
Who in the NFL is playing corner better than Chris Culliver? N-O-O-O-BODY, that's who.
Cullliver has hardly been tested most of the seasons, but the Cardinals went at him all night, with negligible results. Culliver had FIVE passes defensed in the game, including an interception on an end-of-half Hail Mary.
He shut down any and all attempts for Larry Fitzgerald and helped keep Fitz out of the end zone even on the final Cardinals play of the game.
Perrish Cox: D
Played a lot in the dime package and the Cardinals targeted him early and often. He gave up quite a few completions, badly misplayed a screen that went for good yardage and missed a couple of tackles on plays where the safeties bailed him out.
Cox had one pass defensed, but overall it was the kind of game that will make future offensive coordinators want to go at him even more.
Dashon Goldson: B+
No turnovers for Goldson, but no stupid penalties or bad routes to the football either, so those cancel each other out.
What he did contribute was five crunching tackles, including a couple that made the announcers really take notice. I'm not sure any safety in the league hits harder than him when he gets going.
For whatever reason, playing against Arizona always seems to get Goldson going, whether it's the chance to go against Larry Fitzgerald, bad blood from last year's game with Early Doucet, or another opportunity to show that he, not Adrian Wilson, is the best safety in the division.
Donte Whitner: B
One of Whitner's better games of the season, as he tied for the team lead with seven tackles. He allowed a few in coverage, but didn't allow anyone to get behind him, and he moved up to stop a couple of runs too.