The 49ers ended their 2020 season the same way they ended their 2019 season. They gave up three TDs in the 4th quarter to blow a ten point lead and lose a game they had handily controlled for three quarters.
Of course, the two losses had very dissimilar effect on us poor fans. The 2019 loss caused severe indigestion for months, maybe even years. But Sunday’s loss went down as easily as a plate of prunes on a blocked butt. And the team moved higher on the 2021 Draft board, which is even one of the few positive developments to occur in this ill-fated season.
DC Robert Saleh is evidently on his way out the door to become the HC of one team or another in the league, and I will not be sad to see him go. This choking in the 4th quarter business has become a tired act.
While we’re at it, HC Kyle Shanahan is getting a bit too close to earning the same rep as his DC. The Three Quarters genius and the Fourth Quarter doofus.
There’s a word for this type of behavior, but it escapes me at the moment. Something about premature something or other.
Meanwhile, our old friend Alex Smith came back from the dead this year to bring Washington back from the dead and into the playoffs. Perhaps Washington will settle on ZOMBIES as their new franchise moniker. Smitty has become the Marty Schottenheimer of NFL QBs. Good enough to get you into the postseason, but not good enough to do any damage once you get there.
And the season from hell has officially ended. There will be a lot of comings and goings this offseason, which may or may not be entertaining, but at least none of it will involve torn ACLs, hamstring pulls, or high ankle sprains. For that, we’ll have to wait until next August.