Chargers 29, 49ers 27

Sunday’s 49ers looked a lot like last year’s 49ers. Gritty, competitive, never-say-die, back-and-forth nail-biter but short end of the stick.  Just enough positive play to stay in the game and just enough mistakes to lose.

CJ Beathard filled in admirably for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, throwing for nearly 300  yards while getting pounded on way too many plays. The two game-turning interceptions charged to him were not his fault.

The first occurred when Garrett Celek used his hands to rebound a perfectly catchable ball into the grateful hands of the Chargers’ Trevor Williams, who he ran it almost all the way to the other end of the field, where Los Angeles settled for a field goal instead of the Niners getting one or even a TD. A six to ten point swing in what ended as a two point game.

The second int was Joe Staley‘s fault, for getting hurt and allowing Garry Gilliam to replace him and give up the game ending sack, which whoofled the ball into the air for Chargers’ DE Isaac Rochell to cradle it lovingly to the turf.

HC Kyle Shanahan deserves a bowl full of blame himself, both for his strange game plan and losing two Challenges, which left him with no time outs available at the two minute warning, allowing Philip Rivers to kneel out the game. RB Matt Breida entered the game tied for the league lead in rushing, but only got nine carries against the Chargers. With a backup QB in the game, one would think the rushing attack would have been more prominently featured. Instead, Beathard went back to pass 37 times.

Once again, 49er players limping off the field injured was a common sight. Staley and Dante Pettis were the most prominently wounded fellows. We might be tempted to call this endless string of injuries the past few years as the Curse of McCloughan. Former GM Scot McCloughan made it clear he favored big guys to smaller guys, one reason being big guys don’t get injured as much. The current regime seems to lean more toward smaller, quicker players.

Or maybe it’s just the Curse of that other fellow who went 49-21 here a few years back.  He had the uncanny ability to invariably win close games, not lose them. An underrated skill that our current HC has yet to develop.

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6 comments on “Chargers 29, 49ers 27
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Thought I would get ahead of the glass half-full comments.

    Important we lost. Need 12 more of these. Need demon edge rusher to unleash the kraken on the QB.

    CLE has Myles Garret. LAC Joey Bosa.

    No more wins to build team attitude. OC and DC are not on the field.

  2. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs I was on somewhat of a ‘WTF’ tangent myself yesterday.

    Listening online as opposed to seeing live action.
    Couldn’t help but think there was some sort of ‘curse’ hanging over this team simply from audio call.

    Guys dropping like flies, missing tackles, INTs etc.
    Immediately got me thinking of the stories regarding possible disturbances of the Ohlone Indian burial grounds reported in/around the Levis Stadium site.

    Kinda got a little too giddy over the prospects of whether it’s Ohlone Indian Spirits or, another potential curse, involving the fictitious Tribe I whipped up from Youngstown OH.
    The Gohblome Paleskins.

    One way or another, I’m calling for Shaman Medicine Man intervention to rid us, and seek favor from, the evil Spirits responsible for this Yorkian Tribes’ foul influence on our Fandom.
    Couldn’t help but to mentally wander back in time to the Hekawi Indians and F-Troop 😀

    It was a long stressful day on the job yesterday. Couldn’t help myself.

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How about a 9er Home game involving a good old ‘Smudging’, maybe in a huge Tee Pee erected on the 50Yd line?

    A Sage, Jimsonweed smoke-filled Tee Pee, players, Coaches, Owners inside.
    A good old Shaman-like Detox might be just what we need?

    I digress……

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    3/5 of the Oline is questionable for Sundays game against the Cards. Staley, McGlinchey and Richburg oh my.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you watched last nights game, the Chef’s QB Mahomes rolled out left, was almost sacked and switched hands and completed a pass left handed for a first down.

    pretty jaw dropping stuff

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17