The 49ers finally played a defense as nearly awful as their own Sunday, but it did not prevent them from streaking to their seventh consecutive loss.
The Saints piled up 571 yards on the Niners, with the usual 200+ on the ground, and an NFL record 7th straight game allowing a 100 yard rusher. The local boys put up 486 yards themselves, but they also committed four turnovers — two of them inside the Saints’ five yard line. They were 0-2 on fourth down conversions, 2-9 on third down, 0-2 in the Red Zone. By comparison, the Saints were 11-17 on third down, 3-5 in the RZ, and had a 39 to 21 minute time of possession advantage.
The Saints jumped out to a 21-3 lead and the 49ers then played catch-up all day long. They put up 20 points in the first half, but only three in the second, continuing a season long fizzle after halftime. They might have achieved some sort of dubious record by starting the 4th quarter with a 12 second 3 and out series! Wow. That is hustling to nowhere fast.
Quinton Patton had the first 100 yard receiving game of his career, for those who like to keep track of virtually useless information. Blaine Gabbert’s backup had a statistically good day, throwing for 398 yards. But, as expected, he was no match trying to out perform Drew Brees, Brees performed well in all four quarters, while Gabbert’s backup put in two good quarters, then took the day off.
Carlos Hyde did not play, but his replacement, DuJuan Harris, did and continued to look better at RB than Hyde. Hyde will get his job back when he’s healthy, because he’s a 2nd round draft pick, versus Harris, who’s a castoff, and every effort is made by the Niners to prop up GM Trent Baalke, the guy who assembled this catastrophe. Baalke was in Toledo scouting next year’s draft busts, apparently hell bent on putting together the absolute worst 49er team in history. Go Trent!
After the game, Chip Kelly said he did not plan on making any coaching changes, thus denying Niner fans the simple thrill of seeing someone get fired for their part in this atrocity. Kelly is going to stand pat and blandly run out the season, leaving it up to Jed York to make some end of year noise.
This would be a great time for one of former HC Jim Tomsula‘s press room farts, but alas, Jim is in witness protection and cannot be located.
It is what it is and it ain’t what it ain’t. More or less.