Another week, another last second loss. The 49ers have developed an uncanny ability to almost, but not quite, win. Perhaps they will soon develop an uncanny ability to almost, but not quite, lose.
It might have to wait a couple of weeks with games upcoming against the Eagles and Cowboys.
Brian Hoyer’s last best chance to be a starting QB in the NFL probably slipped away to Neverland midway through the second quarter Sunday. After a 4-11 effort and 34 dinky yards, rookie CJ Beathard trotted in and rallied the Niners back from a 17-0 hole to tie the game, before coming up short down the stretch and losing by two points.
Of course, Beathard had a little help in performing his rally. Just before the half, Washington’s DJ Swearinger turned a Niner FG into a TD with a ridiculously stupid personal foul. Then in the third quarter, the refs allowed a highly dubious fumble recovery TD by Jimmie Ward that tied the game.
Still, Beathard did enough to get the starting nod for the remaining ten games. Whether that’s enough to establish himself as a rising young star or just another guy joining Hoyer in the career backup role remains to be seen.
The release of NaVorrow Bowman left the team with Brock Coyle and Ray-Ray Armstrong as the starting ILBs, and these two combined to allow 11 catches for 213 yards and one TD. One of the catches was a 51 yarder to our old friend Vernon Davis, who’s rolling happily along on his home town team. Half of this mismatch should be retired to special teams duty by the return of Reuben Foster this coming week. Whether Foster will be squaring off against the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott or not is currently under judicial review.
The Niners remained tied with the Browns as the only two winless teams this year, after the Giants inexplicably flew to Denver and knocked off the Broncos yesterday. This was New York’s first game without star egomaniac WR Odell Beckham, so clearly Beckham was the problem all along.
All in all, if you don’t mind the losses, the 49ers have been quite entertaining this year. How long this sort of entertainment continues to be entertaining remains to be seen.