With two minutes to play in the first half, the 49ers held a solid 6-0 lead over the injury riddled Bears, who were missing eleven starters. It looked like the team was finally on the way to its second win of the season and an end to its epic ten game losing streak. Chicago faced a third and five and Chip Kelly had confidently called two time outs to get the ball back with a minute thirty left, to try and extend the lead before halftime.
But the Bears squeezed out a first down, third string QB Matt Barkley took to the air, discovered the 49er secondary couldn’t cover anyone, and 26 unanswered points roared across the scoreboard.
Shades of last year’s crushing defeat at the hands of the woeful Cleveland Browns. By the start of the fourth quarter, Blaine Gabbert’s Backup had completed ONE four yard pass in five attempts with five sacks, giving him minus 21 net yards passing for the day and somewhere in close proximity of the worst QB performance in franchise history.
Mercifully, he was finally replaced by the real Blaine Gabbert, who promptly completed an 18 yard pass. At the end of the game, the 49ers had recorded only SIX net passing yards.
But hey, it was a team effort. The team that couldn’t get any worse actually did get worse. GM Trent Baalke has certainly loaded up the Niners with eyebrow raising underachievers and out right duds.
We have now entered the area where we need our toes to help add up the consecutive losses. Two hands just doesn’t get it done.
Somewhere at Niner HQ, located next to Jim Harbaugh Stadium, owner Jed York is frantically looking for a place to hide. We all hope he is successful. Although that would deprive us of a squirming, red-faced end-of-year speech groaner. Sigh. Choices, choices.
On the plus side, the loss pushed the Bears out of contention for the number two pick in next year’s Draft, leaving only the Jaguars as competitors for this spot. From NFL runner-up best team to NFL runner-up worst team in four years flat. These Yorkies sure know how to run a franchise — straight into the toilet.