When you go into a game with third string CBs, backup ILBs, a third string NT, a third string C, a backup RT, two guards wondering where they’ll play next year, and a QB who panics as soon as he finishes his drop back, you’re not going to win many games in the NFL. By the end of the game, the 49ers also lost Frank Gore, Garrett Celek, Carlos Hyde, Ahmad Brooks, and Chris Borland.
Still in all, nice try, Niners. You went down swinging!
The team fought a spirited battle in the first half, taking a 7-3 lead to the locker room, but adrenaline eventually wears off. In the second half, as has happened all year long, the team looked tired, lost their focus, and the flood gates opened. The offense, which looked as good in the first half as it’s looked in many a game, went back into the disarray tank. The O-line stopped blocking, the passes started sailing, the QB couldn’t pull the trigger, they stopped scoring, and the defense ran out of gas and caved in.
As if all that adversity wasn’t enough, Ed Hochuli managed to make his typical game altering brutally mangled penalty call, changing a Seahawks FG situation into a first and goal from the five, and a subsequent Seattle TD that pretty much iced the game.
Not to beat on the obvious, but it just hasn’t been a good year for the Niners — in anything!
On the plus side, for the first time in his career, Colin Kaepernick did not commit a turnover against Seattle. Also, for you futurists, Tank Carradine recorded his first NFL sack.
This was also the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era that the team has lost three games in a row. A common occurrence in previous regimes, for the history challenged members of the audience.
The nightmare 2014 season is now officially over, as the team was eliminated from the playoffs today. What lies ahead promises to be interesting and highly debatable. Or should I say arguable, as debating is a bit too dignified for what goes on in the blogosphere.
The only thing left at this point is to root against those teams each of us may despise. May their seasons end tragically and broken-heartedly! As has our own.