The 49ers season swirled down the toilet Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs when late in the game QB Jimmy Garoppolo recklessly went for a couple more yards instead of stepping out of bounds. As he planted his left leg to propel himself forward into the brick wall that awaited him, his ACL shredded and he’s now out for the season.
Nothing against CJ Beathard, who’s a tough, likable kid, but the team’s playoff hopes have just gone from faint to ain’t. The Niners are a mediocre team that needed a QB who could lift them up and beyond their collective mehness, and Beathard is not currently a guy who can do that. Especially with two of the team’s three stars on offense — Garoppolo and RB Jerick McKinnon — now sitting out the season with ACL injuries.
At the start of the year, the Niners had a decent starting group and really bad depth, in the secondary and the O-line, especially. That lack of depth was painfully on display Sunday. At one point, the entire starting secondary was out of action while the Chiefs scored 35 points in the first half, not punting even once. Five drives, five TDs. 35-10 at the half and game over. A 17-3 second half edge by the 49ers made the final score respectable, but not much more.
The O-line gave up another four sacks and the team piled up 14 penalties for 147 yards. Both stats contributed handsomely to the butt-kicking, with first round pick RT Mike McGlinchey giving up back to back sacks on the Niners’ final drive.
Bad luck seems to have a gila monster grip on the franchise these days. Or maybe it’s karma. The team hasn’t had a winning season since Jim Harbaugh was run out of town and it doesn’t look like that will change now this year, either.
Elsewhere, it was another wacky weekend in the NFL:
- Lions 26-10 over the Patriots
- Redskins 31-17 over the Packers
- Bills 27-6 over the Vikings
Things should begin to settle down beginning next week, as the good teams get serious and the bad teams get exposed. It doesn’t look like the 49ers will be on the former side of that future.