The 49ers’ playoff hopes went from maybe to the edge of fuggedabouddit Monday night in Arizona.
This game seemed winnable going in if Nick Mullens didn’t make too many mistakes and the defense shut down the Bills. Of the two “ifs” it was the defense that seemed to be the best bet. But they did not show up at all. Bills’ QB Josh Allen played catch with his WRs all game long, like the Niner secondary was just there for window dressing.
The pathetic NFC East inexplicably rose up from its squalor over the weekend as the Giants stuffed the Seahawks and Washington knocked the Steelers from the unbeaten ranks. Which I mention merely because writing about the 49ers has become a gruesome task this year and also because next week’s game is against Washington, a game which seemed eminently winnable all year long but now maybe not.
And because Washington’s return to respectability has neatly coincided with Alex Smith stepping in at QB a few weeks back. The SF blogs haven’t been the same since Alex left the vicinity back in 2013. Now he’s back next week to face his old team. And Washington’s 5-7 record is a lot closer to the playoffs than the 49ers’ 5-7 record.
At any rate, four more games until we can close the book on this disheartening year.