I suppose, if we’re groveling for positives, this game could be viewed as a moral victory. After all, a week ago the Saints clobbered the Bucs 38-3.
But that would overlook the reality that the team gave this game away with two interceptions, two muffed punts, and a 75 yard kickoff return. All that nonsense gifted the Saints with 17 points in a game they won by only 14.
The 49ers limited the Saints to 123 yards passing and 237 total yards. Kudos to the defense.
Of course, no game would be complete without a 49er RB crawling off the field and onto the IR list. This game it was JaMycal Hasty, who fractured his collarbone. The only RB who’s managed to stay healthy this year is Jerick McKinnon, who has been pretty much useless. He had 18 carries for 33 yards in this game. That’s 1.8 yards per carry for you mathematicians in the crowd.
WR Brandon Aiyuk continued his impressive rookie season, catching seven passes Sunday for 75 yards and one TD. He, along with the stunning resurrection of CB Jason Verrett, are the two bright spots in an otherwise tragic and wasted season.
At 4-6, the Niners head into their BYE week all but eliminated from the postseason race. If Jimmy Garoppolo were healthy, they’d still have a chance to sneak in the back door by winning four or five games down the stretch. But Nick Mullens is just not up to that task. Or anything close to it.