The 49ers gagged away their past and maybe their future Sunday night, losing disgracefully to the POS Baltimore Ravens 34-31.
They were outcoached and outplayed by an inferior team in the biggest game of the year. Shameful. The 49ers had 300+ yards passing, 100+ yards from Frank Gore, and 100+ yards from Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. And they still lost.
For the second straight time, the 49er secondary was abused in the first half, looking like clowns in the process. Donte Whitner and Chris Culliver couldn’t cover anybody. And also for the second straight game, the 49er offense diddled away the first half, dug a huge hole, and this time could not recover.
Five times the team drove down into Baltimore territory and came away without a touchdown. Three field goals, a fumble, and the four down fiasco at the end. That’s how you lose winnable games. And 49er OC Greg Roman needs to spend the offseason coming up with some creative red zone plays, because he has stunk all year in that capacity. What he had called for the final play is unknown, because Colin Kaepernick noticed the safeties up on the LOS and audibled to the fade pass to Crabtree. The Baltimore DB then simply held Crabtree, the officials looked the other way, and the game was over.
But good teams don’t need the refs to play good for them to win, or to have the guts to throw a game deciding flag even if it’s an obvious call. They had four shots at the end zone from inside the ten and didn’t get it done.
The game went south in the second quarter on two successive 49er drives. First, rookie RB LaMichael James made the mistake of waving the ball around in one hand while fighting for an extra yard and fumbled away the drive that could have put the 49ers up 10-7. Instead, the Ravens went the other way and made it 14-3.
Then the guy who had spent all week drawing attention to himself as the greatest wide receiver of all time — an insult to 49er fans throughout history who saw Jerry Rice earn that accolade hands down — couldn’t even be bothered to raise his hands, let alone actually jump, for a high pass from Kaepernick that instead flew right to Ravens’ safety Ed Reed. Randy Moss. Puke. He could also be seen standing around at the LOS doing nothing when the play call went somewhere else.
Baltimore coughed away a chance to score then by failing on a fake field goal attempt, but the 49ers seemed rattled, went three and out, and the Ravens then hit a bomb for a 21-3 lead. That swelled to 28-6 after another atrocious half time “performance” when Jacoby Jones ran the second half kick off all the way to the bank.
It should have been “game over” at that point, but the 49ers, to their credit, wouldn’t quit and with two minutes left, they had the ball on the Ravens’ seven yard line with four shots to win the game. They failed. And the dark night of a squandered season has officially begun.