Inspired by the presence of Eddie Debartolo and a host of star players from the glory years, the current 49ers made their own history Sunday afternoon by losing their record tying ninth straight game. Next weekend, they’ll travel to Miami looking to set a new record, one that might last forever. Or maybe just until next season.
Despite the heroic effort, the Niners still trail the league leading Browns, who kept their record perfect Sunday by losing their tenth straight game. Cleveland is coached by Hue Jackson, the 49er FO’s first choice to be the new HC during the last offseason. Thank goodness Chip Kelly landed in their lap instead. These two brilliant coaches are a combined 1-19 on the year.
It was a typical Niner game. Competitive first half, non-competitive second half. Blaine Gabbert‘s backup once again had the kind of game that mirrors his career. Starts out looking good, then steadily deteriorates as the game (career) goes on. He was 8-9 passing in the first half, then went on a 2-11 streak in the second half, at one point throwing eight consecutive incompletions. Then picked up some garbage stats in the final moments of the game to make his day look mediocre rather than awful.
Carlos Hyde had his first decent game of the year, rushing for 86 yards on 19 carries. But he was out rumbled by the Patriots LeGarrette Blount, who totaled 124 yards on his 19 carries, thus becoming the eighth RB this year to top the century mark against the 49ers.
FS Eric Reid was sufficiently impressed by Blount that he tried to avoid tackling him for most of the game, “missing” four tackles. Good thinking, no doubt, because when he finally stuck himself in harm’s way, he received a torn biceps for the effort. He will now mercifully sit out the rest of the season.
The Patriots haven’t had much success rushing the passer recently, but they rung up five sacks yesterday. This apparently caused some disgruntlement among the Niner O-line guys, who were having a pretty good year until Mr. Clueless was re-inserted into the lineup.
On a positive note, the Niners fumbled five times and didn’t lose even one of them! They also won the TOP battle for the first time this year, holding the ball for 38 seconds longer than the Patriots.
On a less than positive note, the 49er greats stood in the rain during halftime, honoring Debartolo’s HOF induction. A brutal reminder of what this franchise has lost and what it has become. Just epically obscene.