“So you’re saying there’s a chance?”
Yeah, but it won’t be easy. While the Bye Week seemed to come at the right time, coupled with a favorable matchup at home, the San Francisco 49ers fumbled away a loss to the St. Louis Rams (3-5), dropping their record to 4-4. Bottom line, they should’ve never lost this game.
But they did. The offense surrendered 8 sacks, their most since 2011, including six in the first half, and couldn’t score in the red zone. You can blame the officials all you want for the Crabtree catch and Kaepernick fumble at the goal line at the end of the game, but they should never have been in that position. The one positive takeaway was the performance of Chris Borland, who recorded 18 tackles, the most by any defensive player in the NFL this season.
Now, the Niners have their backs against the wall. They can’t afford any more than two losses, realistically, to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, the schedule doesn’t let up next week, with the Red and Gold headed for New Orleans. However, a win in the Dome means momentum, and a slight reprieve in the schedule, with games at the New York Giants, and then at home against Washington before the big Thanksgiving showdown with Seattle at Levi’s Stadium. If they can weather the storm and beat the Seahawks, they’ll be 8-4 heading to Oakland, and the season takes on a positive treajectory.
So, to borrow a phrase from the team across the Bay, just win baby. That starts with the Saints next week.
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