The 49ers and Cardinals spent the first half of their Thursday night game trying to cure the nations’s insomnia problem. Then, just before the first half ended, the Niners discovered they had a 7-0 lead and needed to jump start their season long second half meltdowns.
A batted ball interception and a burn job on Tramaine Brock by Larry Fitzgerald and abruptly the game was tied heading into the locker room. Coming back out for the third quarter, the Niners promptly coughed up the kickoff, ran into the field goal kicker, and Arizona suddenly had a 14-7 lead.
After a 49er three and out, Drew Stanton led the Cardinals on a legitimate TD drive, finishing it off with a 29 yarder to Fitzgerald, once again beating Brock, and Arizona quickly had assumed a commanding 21-7 lead. Their defense took over from there, sacking Blaine Gabbert seven times, after the Niner O-line had given up only three in the first four games, and adding another interception which led to a FG.
Cardinal RB David Johnson rushed for 157 yards, becoming the fourth straight rusher to gain over 100 yards against the porous SF run defense. On offense, Niner WR Jeremy Kerley caught 8 passes for 102 yards, cementing his role as the only 49er receiver who ever gets open and catches anything.
The Niners have now lost four games in a row, so it’s probably time for HC Chip Kelly to begin blaming someone else for his failed coaching. His defense has given up 140 points in the past four games, so clearly a change at QB is needed. Or maybe the 49er FO will begin this year’s leak campaign blaming someone else for the team’s stinkiness. The only guy who needs to be blamed is GM Trent Baalke, who’s built a team that lacks talent in all areas, so the equipment manager will probably soon get a pink slip.
And so, year two of the post-Harbaugh era begins to circle the drain on its inevitable journey to the hazardous waste disposal site. Time to sit back and enjoy the next eleven games of really bad football while Jed York buys a stake in a Rogaine and trembles at the thought that his young child will soon reach the age of reason and realize his father is a complete nincompoop.