Rookie HC Kyle Shanahan finally got his first win Sunday, trouncing the hapless New York Giants. Rookie QB CJ Beathard also got his first win, while enjoying the rare treat of a clean pocket and a break from getting pounded each week.
With the win, the Niners dodged the bullet of an 0-16 whifferoo season and a shot at breaking the record for most consecutive losses, set at 13 last year by Chip Kelly‘s lifeless team.
The win effectively ended any remaining drama to the 2017 season. From here on out, the 49ers will just be a bad team playing out the string to yet another bleak year.
Many fans will be anxiously awaiting the debut of newly acquired QB, Jimmy Garappolo, which may occur after next Sunday’s BYE week. Beathard won’t be in that throng, but at least he put up one game’s worth of good tape for the 2018 season.
Joe Staley said after the game that the win felt as good as the NFC Title game. He failed to mention which of the three straight trips the team made to that event, presumably the one that led to a Super Bowl appearance. At any rate, it vividly demonstrated just how far the bar in SF has fallen and just how fast it got there.
Sorry, Joe. What a crock of shit.
The loss vaulted the Giants over the Niners and into the second spot in next year’s Draft. It’s unlikely those positions will change over the final six games of the season. The Browns, Giants, and 49ers are all firmly in the NFL caboose, with no other teams remotely close in awfulness.
At least the team will have two weeks to familiarize themselves with what winning a game feels like. It will quite likely be the high point of the season, so enjoy it boys. Seattle comes to town after the BYE, and the taste of defeat will no doubt resume its inexorable stench.