The 49ers’ massive one game winning streak finally came to an end Sunday in Santa Clara, as they wheezed to defeat against the Seattle Seahawks.
The team conducted a spirited battle of nothingness in the first quarter, then the Seahawks took control, putting up a TD in each of the next three quarters, while the Niners put up a couple of FGs.
The margin of defeat was gussied up to look competitive by a meaningless end-of-game TD. It was the 49ers’ only TD of the game and was interesting only because the new franchise-qb-in-waitng, Jimmy Garoppolo, trotted in for an injured CJ Beathard with only a few seconds left in the game and promptly whipped a tight-window pass to Louis Murphy, putting the Niners in the end zone, where they had ventured not during the first 59:59.99 minutes of the game.
The Saviour Has Arrived. And the assembled handful of masochists, disguised as 49er fans, cheered wildly. Is this the end for Beathard, the man from snowy Iowa who has offered up his body to be thumped and clobbered for the past six weeks?
Meanwhile, back in zombieville, the Niners are 1-10, a heartbeat away from the number one pick in next year’s Draft.
The Seahawks left town, thankful for an extra BYE week on their schedule, after casually stomping the Niners for about the ninth consecutive time.
And somewhere in a dark and empty bar, huddled in a corner draped with embarrassment, a Joe Montana jersey shares a quiet drink with a Ronnie Lott jersey, while the jukebox plays, “Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end …”