Saints 27, 49ers 13

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.

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9 comments on “Saints 27, 49ers 13
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Our team is just not good enough to get away with so many mistakes. Coaching or just players brain farts? Who knows. Once again the Refs seem to be involved with the outcome of the game. No excuses but it makes for hard viewing. I honestly thought Mullens had it more together but it’s obvious he’s not cool, calm, or very instinctive on where the defensive players are. Kudos to the defense who played a pretty good game.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    I would add Hyder and Warner to guys who have emerged.

    Fred Warner is now being touted as a top 3 LB and some analysts are saying on a weekly basis that Warner is All Pro and the best.
    He’s come a long way and a steal as a 3rd rd pick.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also Mosely has supplanted Witherspoon and the emergence of backup safeties Moore and Harris makes Taart expendable.

  4. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    On that note Bullit this might be a good option also –

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The offensive line was shaky before we lost Richburg; it hasn’t really been functional in the time since.

    The running game is broken. Coincidentally (not), so are all our running backs. Except McKinnon, who is a nice receiver out of the backfield at times, but not much running from scrimmage, and doesn’t pick up blitzes worth a damn.

    The receivers have been a mess all year, except Aiyuk, and Deebo when he’s healthy. Losing Kittle hurt us badly in both the runa nd pass game.

    Mullens is not the answer. Beathard is not the answer. Josh Johnson is not the answer.

    Garoppolo will likely look a lot better with a healthy cast around him, but there is no guarantee he is the answer, either. In any event, he either renegotiates big time this Spring, or he’ll be gone for money / cap reasons alone. The cap will probably deflate this off-season. Which is big time bad news for teams close to the cap as we are. I expect some painful decisions and a lot guys departing.

    Any way you slice it, we need to draft a developmental / project QB in the first 2-3 rounds at the very least. Which is tough, because we have holes at center (I’m not convinced Richburg will *ever* be back at this point), at cornerback, at safety, at linebacker, at tackle (McGlinchey run blocks fine, can’t pass block worth a damn. Maybe he should move to guard?).

    Short term, our season is over. With the number of injuries we’ve had, you could not realistically expect much else. We’re not going to magically go 6-0 and make the playoffs. Even 5-1 is a joke. Most likely we’re finishing under .500. And 5-11 is not impossible now. I can accept that. We’ve had shitty luck with injuries, and it’s just not our year.

    What concerns me are the long term trends. Which look troubling right now.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners claim Takk McKLinley who is a pass rusher released by Falcons and claimed by Bungles but he failed their physical.
    If he passes Niner physical they have a guy who has 17.5 sacks in 4 seasons.

    Also Kinlaw is on the Covid19 list but has the bye week to test negvative.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This ridiculous year keeps rolling along:

    “The 49ers announced they have waived/failed physical DL Takkarist McKinley and placed WR Brandon Aiyuk, TE Daniel Helm and T Trent Williams on the Reserve/Covid-19 List.”

  8. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I am glad we don’t play today. I think the whole organization needs to step back and focus. It turns out quite a few of our supposedly good draft picks are not so good. It’s time to clear out the dead wood otherwise we will be in the same pickle next year. I still like both Shanny and Lynch and I know our team has been decimated with injuries. It’s just the league seems to have figured us out maybe if we had Bosa and Mostart back it would make a huge difference but i am not so sure. We are just not a fun team to watch this year.

  9. 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