Drama got no favors from the 49ers this year. It took three games to boot it from the season (Jimmy Garoppolo tears ACL), but only two possessions (fumble, interception) to erase it from the final game.
Along the way, George Kittle set the NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end (1,377) and the defense set the NFL record for fewest interceptions in a season (2). They also finished dead last in turnover differential at a whopping -24.
Everything else about the year was like a severed limb at an accident – you wish you’d never seen it because the image won’t ever go away. Well, maybe not that bad. The Niners have been piling up bad images for quite a few years now and they tend to form a collage more than a definitive portrait.
The 49ers finished the year ranking 23rd on offense and 24th on defense. The balanced effort of a high end of the low end team. However, they were the second to worst team in the league standings. An indication of an underachieving squad. The Robbie Gould offense will not be enough to turn this team into a playoff contender.
If you follow sports somewhat religiously, you know that when a graphic comes on the screen about how long it’s been since so-and-so threw an interception, it’s highly likely that the QB will promptly throw one. LG Laken Tomlinson was this week’s recipient of the dubious jinx factor. All week, it was pointed out that he had played every snap for over a year, so of course he tore his ACL in this game, even though he knocked on wood all week to ward off the demons.
This game was another example of a team’s running game being more important than a particular running back on the team. CJ Anderson stepped into the Rams backfield fresh off the street two weeks ago and put up back to back 100+ yard games. At the same time, Alfred Morris stepped off the bench as the 5th guy to be the lead back for the Niners this year and promptly racked up 100+ yards. This note is merely to warn NFL teams than Le’Veon Bell is not as valuable as he thinks he is. Nor, perhaps, is Todd Gurley.
At any rate, another sad sack season is completed. And it might be noted: Jim Harbaugh, 4 seasons, 44-19-1; Everybody Since, 4 seasons, 17-47.