The 49ers and Cardinals played a seesaw OT yawner in Arizona Sunday, but the end result was the same as the previous week’s seesaw donnybrook. Another loss. The Niners have played three straight games against their division opponents and lost them all.
Both teams were allergic to the end zone — until the very last seconds of overtime, when Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald hooked up for the 19 yard game winning pass. The Niners had five FGs, the Cardinals four plus the TD.
Before the game 30 49er players jumped on the protest bandwagon and knelt for the Anthem in a purported show of “unity.” They must have changed the definition of that word recently, because 30 guys kneeling and 33 standing is the very appearance of a fractured and divided entity. Worse, it was so last week. This week, most of the kneelers had resumed standing. Which is pretty laughable all by itself.
Brian Hoyer completed just barely 50% of his passes during the game, moving backup CJ Beathard ever closer to the starting job. Another couple of losses and there wouldn’t be much point in not seeing what he can do. If that happens, it will mark the third straight year of musical chairs at the QB spot. That was a featured element of the 2005-2010 49ers.
If Hoyer loses next week versus the Colts, it could be his last game as starter. The only reason Indianapolis isn’t 0-4 along with the Niners, Giants, Chargers, and Browns right now is that the Colts had the opportunity of a Browns game on their schedule. We’ll find out next Sunday which team is the lousier. And that’s about all we’ll find out.
In other news, the Rams look like the real deal this year. They beat the Cowboys in Dallas yesterday to take the lead in the NFC West. Their offense is explosive and if DC Wade Phillips gets that defense working, and he probably will, the Rams could be serious postseason contenders.
The shoo-in SB contenders, the Patriots, don’t look so hot right now. They lost to the Panthers Sunday, for their second home loss of the season. Hahaha. Their defense stinks and nobody wins SBs without some form of decent defense.