That was a pretty entertaining game between two evenly matched teams, which is not what you want to say when the team you’re matched up evenly with came into the game with the worst record in the NFC and exited the game with you having the worst record in the NFC.
The “you” featured here is of course the 49ers. QB Nick Mullens played a reasonably decent game, but two tipped-pass interceptions and a fail-at-crunch-time defense turned his efforts into close, but no cigar.
The offense has at least found an identity at long last. It’s Matt Breida and George Kittle, with an occasional assist from Marquise Goodwin and just about nobody else. The defense plays well against the run, but not particularly well against the pass. Especially when the opposing team realizes it can concentrate on RCB Ahkello Witherspoon and have a field day. Which the dull-witted Giants realized late in the game, switching Odell Beckham away from his matchup with Dickhead Sherman and over to Witherspoon’s side to turn a ten point second half deficit into a four point victory.
A 49er win would have moved the team all the way up to the third worst team in the NFC, but now they must be contented with being the second worst team in all of the entire NFL. The other worstest team is the Raiders, of course, and that makes the Bay Area the worst example of NFL football by a slim margin over New York, which has the awful Giants and the nearly as awful Jets.
This marks the end of the Niners’ three game foray through the dregs of the NFL. They went 1-2 against the Cardinals, Raiders, and Giants. After their BYE week, the 49ers play four games against middle-of-the-road teams, before finishing up against the Bears and Rams.
I think it’s safe to say that in year two of the Kyle Shanahan Era, he’s managed to turn a bad team that was painful to watch into a bad team that is sometimes entertaining to watch. The team moves fairly well between the 20s, with the occasional big gainer play, but also features the previous teams’ standby effort of moving backwards with penalties and sacks and just hitting a brick wall. The brick wall play was pretty much the perfected feature of the two previous regimes.
Bottom linely, we still have a bottom feeder team, elevated briefly last year and this by Jimmy Garoppolo, who watched this game comfortably from the stands, instead of down on the field with his teammates. Not a good look, but these $25 million dollar babies have their own set of rules, far above and beyond we mere mortals of existence.