Now that fans have expressed their outrage over losing a game nobody expected us to win in the first place, it’s time to move along to the next opponent. One that the 49ers specialize in beating — a losing team.
Actually, it’s not so much outrage over losing, it’s over HOW we lost. And even how we have been winning. I believe the term is UGLY! Ugly wins, ugly losses, ugly fan appeal. Maybe the team isn’t good enough to return to the Big Show this year, especially with the huge offseason loss of Michael Crabtree, but at least they can put on an entertaining game each week. Sadly, that has mostly not been the case.
The past two weeks have at least settled one important question: the 49ers last home game at Candlestick Park will not be played in the postseason. Wild Card teams don’t get any home games. No, the last game will occur on Monday night, December 23rd, against the Atlanta Falcons.
They may have to call in the National Guard to police the joint after the game. There will probably be a death or two from fans fighting over stadium souvenirs. Or the Spirit of Christmas could imbue the place and Kumbaya could waft its way through the nostalgic and tearful multitudes. I know one thing else: if I’m a ref in that game, I don’t throw a game turning flag against the Niners in the closing moments.
The schedule makers thought this game would be a real barn burner, with playoff implications. Atlanta had other ideas, however. Next Monday night’s game against Washington also looked like a ratings bonanza at the beginning of the year. Two of last year’s hottest young QBs, Robert Griffin and Colin Kaepernick, squaring off in an epic duel. Hahaha. Not exactly.
Both QBs are struggling this year. The analysts will no doubt be prepped to illustrate their flaws during the game, rather than extol their virtues. The TV boys don’t care. They are much more adaptable than fans are.
LG Mike Iupati will be sitting out this game with an MCL sprain. Adam Snyder is penciled in to replace him in the lineup. Snyder played for Arizona last year and was ranked as the worst guard in the NFL. Needless to say, this does not speak well of 49er O-line youngsters Joe Looney and Daniel Kilgore.
The 49ers have lost two in a row for the second time this season, something they did not do even once in Jim Harbaugh’s first two seasons. In between the double douches, they won five in a row. Should they run off five in a row now, they’d be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. That streak would include whipping Seattle in two weeks, so a fiver now would be quite impressive indeed.
The 49ers have played ten games and in only the first one did they demonstrate an NFL passing attack. The fact that they are 6-4 and in possession of the 6th seed for the playoffs speaks well to the quality of the team. Not that fans get all giddy about such faint praise items. And this disparity certainly won’t cut it in the playoffs, should they get there. Still, it’s impressive. And there’s six games left to somehow find the illusive skill to heave the ball forward in some sort of moderately successful fashion.