The San Francisco 49ers (7-5) were the turkey on Thanksgiving night.
The offense was awful. They were shut out in the first half for the first time this season, failing to pass midfield. The second half wasn’t much better, but at least Phil Dawson was able to salvage some dignity, making a 40-yard field goal.
Colin Kaepernick was off his game, going an abysmal 16-29 for 121 yards and 2 interceptions. The entire offense only put up 164 yards and failed to cross the goal line. The lone positive was the defense, who only held Seattle (8-4) to 19. Chris Borland had another nice week, recording 16 tackles.
The game was so bad, CEO Jed York tweeted after the loss:
“Thank you #49ersfaithful for coming out strong tonight. This performance wasn’t acceptable. I apologize for that.”
While I appreciate his enthusiasm, and agree with his sentiment, it isn’t his place to do that. The coach speaks for the team’s on-field performance. York was out of line, but not wrong with his point.
The Niners are now third in the NFC West and have their backs firmly against the wall. Even the most diehard Faithful is resigned to the fact that the playoffs are a pipe dream. This team, however, is not worthy of a playoff appearance this season. While the defense has done its part without NaVorro Bowman or Patrick Willis, the offense has been anemic, and has shown they aren’t contenders.
While this season is likely to end in disappointment, they aren’t mathematically done yet.
Do you believe in miracles?
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