Game X – The Downward Spiral

Not much to say about this one. Last year’s battle was an epic shootout the 49ers won 48-46. With our defense at close to full strength. Now? Not so much on either side of the ball.

I really don’t see a scenario where the plucky understudies come through and bring the team to victory, but I didn’t think we’d beat the Rams. This however is a different animal. Brees is having another huge year with 2100 yards, 17 TDs, and only 3 picks.

We of course have Nick Mullens. 11 yards, 5 TDs 4 picks. Good news? Brendan Aiyuk is off the COVID list and will play. As is Kendrick Bourne. Rick James had a career game last week. 9 for 183 and a TD.

So, we may get some points. I’m thinking 42- 24.

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51 Responses to Game X – The Downward Spiral

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Hate to say it, Winder, but our philosophy looks to be control the clock if possible.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Rick James is coming on nicely.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Huh. That was fairly easy.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    And that was fairly stupid. Establish the inside game before trying that.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Shanny out-coached himself there.

  6. alleykat69 says:

    Any breaks we can get to keep Brees on the sidelines works for me.Keep dominating the clock!!

  7. Irish Kevin says:

    Pass protection still sucks

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Blehhh. Woulda been nice to get 7. Can’t pick up the blitz.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    There’s how you lose all your momentum.

  10. Irish Kevin says:

    Special teams does great on on play and gives it up on another

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Considering, that was a nice stand by the D.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Need to keep up with the play action on 1st down. Passing on 1st down.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Jeeesus. Unreal catch. And we punt. Fucking stupid. We are not gonna go anywhere, The best bet is to keep the ball out of Brees’ hands.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Fucking stupid.

  15. alleykat69 says:

    WTF that was a fucking terrible roughing the passer penalty on Brees Fuck that!!!

  16. Irish Kevin says:

    Even the announcers say it was a terrible call

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Fuck the NFL. Horrible call.

  18. Irish Kevin says:

    Why is the the RB 8 yards of the ball? Talk about telegraphing your plays

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Blocking their safety might help.

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Wasting 1st downs again. Helmet to helmet on the KR, no call. Mullens hit on the slide, no call. Lineman on the line in a crouch, illegal formation. I hate the NFL. It has become even more of a joke.

  21. Winder says:

    That is a fucking disgrace.

  22. Irish Kevin says:

    Well when you don’t have pass protection the D knows you are going to have to run

  23. Winder says:

    We should have thrown the ball on 3rd and pro bably 4th also. Shanny is so predictable at times.

  24. alleykat69 says:

    That was so predictable when they brought in Taysom Overrated Hill. Every time he goes in he runs the ball.Great stack up led by Kinlaw!!

  25. alleykat69 says:

    Mullens you Suck!!
    How could you not see the CB sitting there?
    Way to kill that scoring opportunity you sleaze ball..

  26. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. The D can’t do much more.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    Is McKinnon the worst blocking back in the NFL?

  28. Irish Kevin says:

    What is wrong with D Brees

  29. Irish Kevin says:

    The receiver was not even close to the first down marker

  30. Irish Kevin says:

    Why is Kyle still running that handoff to the WR

  31. Irish Kevin says:

    3rd and 21, bet it is a run or a very short pass, nothing down the field

  32. unca_chuck says:

    Good throw that is an easy TD. Fuck this team.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Shanny has pissed me off this game. The sweeps have netted -25 yards and we keep doing it.

  34. alleykat69 says:

    OH JOY!!

  35. alleykat69 says:

    That a boy Richie James!!
    That’s The ballgame wrap butterfingers!!

  36. Nawlins Rules says:

    What an absolutely terrible football team. Niners blow and that’s a beautiful thing.

  37. Winder says:

    Looks like we might have a pretty big turnover in players next year.

  38. Irish Kevin says:

    Down 2 scores moving the ball, why are we not going no huddle

  39. Irish Kevin says:

    Well no need for no huddle now

  40. unca_chuck says:

    Well, 4-12 is looking good. I just wonder how many of the other sucky teams (Giants, Jets, Jags, Chargers, Bengals, Texans, NFC East, Vikings, Panthers, and Falcons) are gonna end up in front of us.

    There’s a whole lot of suck this year. I like our shot next year, provided the entire team doesn’t end up on the IR like this year.

    I was a little surprised at how well the defense played. If not for the 15 offensive mistakes and 2 blown punts we had a shot.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, we are not good enough to get away with making so many mistakes. Nice to see our Dline looking strong.

  41. alleykat69 says:

    Freaking Refs, after a text league LEGAL crunching tackle by Street and Brees laying on the ground withering in pain, where the back judge didn’t throw a flag it was the side judge coming over to him and said something like: “hey it’s Drew Brees HOF Mr. New Orleans” Duh what was I thinking?the back judge was probably muttering,but it was the side judge who eventually thru the BS roughing the passer penalty flag and what really sucked in cost Street his 1st career sack!! NFL has turned into a flag football league it’s just embarrassing…

  42. alleykat69 says:

    It’s just about time for open tryouts at RB now cause why expect this team not to suffer another injury there as Hasty has suffered a broken collarbone, yes the hits just keep on coming!!

  43. Winder says:

    yeah, we should have loaded the PS with RB’s this year. We have let some pretty good ones get away the last couple of years

  44. Grumpy Guy 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.

  45. unca_chuck says:

    I’m really not sure what the team does, but I think realistically they pretty much have to give Jimmy G one more shot. The alternative is to jettison him for salary purposes and bank on a guy like Wilson or Lance or even Trask to come in as a rookie and hit the ground sprinting.

    I don’t see that because as we can see, our window can be very small or even nonexistent. Yes I want us to draft a QB, but we have to try and get Jimmy G going for at least one more year. The ideal scenario of course is for our draftee QB to get a year, possibly 2 on the sidelines and some incremental play before sending him into the fire. as the starter.

    We can create a ton of space getting rid of guys like McKinnon, Ford, Taylor, ‘Spoon, and a few more. Don’t think we can get away with wasting another season.

  46. unca_chuck says:

  47. unca_chuck says:

    I vaguely remember this game as a kid. Although in the Bay Area they didn’t switch the game over as it was only 4:00.

  48. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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