The Good: Sorry, we got nothing for you here. Zip, nada, zilch, nope, fuggeddabouddit.
The Bad: Twelve straight losses, the 2016 49ers continue their march into the franchise history books. And they aren’t done yet.
The Weird: The team has held the lead in 9 of their 12 losses. They held the lead in this game against the Jets until the final 38 seconds of regulation.
This was your basic come-from-ahead beat down. As is their pattern, the Niners roared out of the gate and with six minutes left in the first half they held a commanding 17-3 lead. And that was it. All downhill from there. Not a single point for the rest of the game and the overtime period. A mere 44 yards of offense in the second half.
Blaine Gabbert‘s backup had a typical game, too. Completed his first seven passes, probably the plays they practiced during the week, then fetaled up and went 4 out of his next 11 on his way to 15-26 and a tiny 133 yards. He had 116 at that six minute mark of the second quarter. You do the math.
Carlos Hyde had a great game, most of it in that early period, ripping off gigantic chunks of yards as the Jets played matador and looked like they didn’t give a rat’s ass about winning this game. Six carries, 123 yards. Ridiculous numbers. Even his next eleven carries averaged 6.3 yards per on his way to 193 on the day. You’d think Chip Kelly would run him all game, thirty carries or so. Naw. Too sensible. 17 carries would have to suffice since he needed to see more of the backup throwing wild passes and stinking it up for the eighth consecutive game.
Even with that 17-3 second quarter lead, though, the TOP was getting top heavy for the mostly ineffective Jets. By the end of the game, the defense was predictably gassed and folding. TOP after Jets backup RB Bilal Powel rumbled 19 yards for the winning TD in overtime was 42 minutes for the Jets, 24.5 for the Niners.
The Niners’ QB was completely outplayed by Bryce Petty, a guy making his first NFL start, throwing an INT to start the game, playing behind an offensive line so bad it gave up 6 sacks to the previously toothless 49er pass rush, and yet Petty threw for twice as many yards as our bobblehead QB, who only had to weather two sacks. 257 yards to 133.
Still, since we’re doing a reverse rooting technique this year, hoping the shame piles as high as possible upon Jed York and the entire 49er FO, wow, what a game. I still had an ounce of gullibility I guess, because it seemed early on that the Niners would win this game handily and I bought reluctantly into that inevitability. The Jets just looked awful. And not having written a WIN column for so long, I was struggling with how you actually scribble those things. Not to worry, though, the 2016 49ers came through in the end, providing perhaps the most thrilling loss of the entire season.
Why stop now? C’mon Niners, go for 15 straight. You can do it. Oh yes you can.