Phew! That was close. The 49ers almost blew their shot at history on Sunday afternoon, but in the final two minutes of the game, they rallied to let Carson Palmer lead the Cardinals on a 12 play, 62 yard drive to kick the winning field goal as time exsanguinated.
You had me scared there, fellas. A win in Arizona would break a seven game losing streak and allow the team to be merely an awful group, not even worth remembering. But eight losses in a row becomes the longest losing streak of this century. Next week, they’ll try to tie the longest flub effort of all time, the 9 in a row accomplished by the 1978 team.
That 1978 team caused then owner Eddie Debartolo to dump the HC and GM and hire Bill Walsh. Can current owner Jed York accomplish a similar majestic turn around? Not particularly a reasonable or even hysterical possibility.
The Cardinals tried mightily to boost the Niners to a win, turning the ball over four times and abandoning the running game that had brutalized our team in an earlier meeting. Drew Stanton was the QB in the earlier game, but with Palmer back, it was heave ho to the tune of 49 passes. Plus a slew of other passes that ended up with PI or defensive holding calls. Jimmie Ward pitched in admirably with three of the defensive penalties.
Blaine Gabbert‘s backup has now sparked the team to four straight losses since he was pushed up the ladder for reasons unknown. Perhaps it was to force him to keep his helmet on rather than sit on the bench looking goofy and blocking the view of the crowd with his cartoonish mile high hairdo.
49er FS Eric Reid had a ball bounce into his hands and be recorded as an interception — his first one since the 2014 season. So there is that to barely notice or give a rat’s ass about. On the other hand, we have Carlos Hyde with 13 carries for 14 yards.
Next week, the Patriots come to Santa Clara, giving the Niners a very healthy chance to tie the 1978 team record with their 9th loss in a row. Then it’s on to Miami and a chance for immortality.