The 49ers embarrassed themselves Sunday night, turning an easy win into an ugly loss, and christening their brand new stadium with a layer of stink normally associated with descriptions of toilet overflow at the Oakland Raiders’ facilities. The 49ers new stadium is super high tech, though, so this stink must be termed a “virtual” smell.
The first half had some fine moments, with receivers running free with regularity. But an endless stream of penalties, a Colin Kapernick fumble, and a Kapernick interception, produced only a 17-0 lead, that should have been 24 or more.
That’s when Bears QB Jay Cutler realized it was time to ditch the game plan and just trot back to play catch with his receivers, unhindered by any 49er pass rush. In less than two minutes, it was a 17-7 game and an ominous feeling settled in for the half time show.
The 49ers opened the second half with a nine minute drive to the Bears five, then called three straight boring and ineffective runs, settled for a FG and a 20-7 lead, and apparently felt the game was over. Cutler had other ideas, effortlessly leading the Bears on three straight TD drives, picking on rookie CB Jimmie Ward relentlessly. Ward gave up three TDs to Brandon Marshall. Welcome to the bigs, kid.
While the Bears were scoring on each possession, Kapernick imitated his 2013 season ending fourth quarter melt down performance by tossing two fourth quarter interceptions on two straight drives and all of a sudden it was Bears 28, 49ers 20. One last 49er drive pooped out with yet another failed 4th down end zone pass to Michael Crabtree. Something of a new tradition in 49er lore, I guess. These two keep trying and they keep failing.
The team was called for sixteen penalties on the night, the Bears collected ten, and we hope this referee crew does not come around again for the rest of the year. Ye gods, striped dudes, get a grip. We’re trying to play a game here!
Flubbing the second game of the year is also becoming somewhat of a new 49er tradition. In three of Jim Harbaugh’s four years, the team has lost the second game, and the other year they waited till the third game to gag.
Of course, those other three years the team went 13-3, 11-5-1, and 12-4. So I supposed there’s reason to suspect this team might still have a very good year. They’d better find a pass rush, though. In a hurry. Aldon Smith still has seven games to go on his suspension, in case you are noticing the basic void over there on the right side of the 49er D-line. Please, kid, stay out of trouble and come back to us!