I really had to take some time to cool down before writing this report card. It shouldn't be emotionally possible to be so upset after your team wins.
Everyone is saying how the Cardinals were steamrolled and the 49ers spanked them and this and that.
But the truth is, we didn't. We dominated the game from the beginning to the end; no doubt about it. But there were glaring problems.
For example, Alex Smith put up good numbers, but really played an average game. Kind of the opposite of usual. And since when does 44 minutes of ball control get you just 23 points? I knew things were kooky when Patrick Willis, of all people, got a penalty called on him.
Still, I realize I'm just a picky fan. (Perfection! I want it, I need it, I expect it.) Yet, I've taken the high road and focused on how much good outshone the bad at Candlestick today.
Grading on Sunday's game alone, it's going to be a pretty sexy report card. But it's going to be like the kid who skips class twice a week to fight behind the bleachers, and gets good grades because he cheats on tests.
We all knew that kid, and he didn't go very far. So while I restrained myself from the penalize-all-for-one's-mistakes approach when grading the secondary, it took a couple cold beers and an episode of New Girl to calm me down and write fairly.
With that in mind, against the Cardinals, the 49ers were rock stars. They are 9-1 and have a legitimate shot at clinching the NFC West by December. Cheers all around.
Without further ado, the Week 11 report card for the San Francisco 49ers: