San Francisco 49ers 24
Arizona Cardinals 29
The game started out well with Allen Rossum running a kickoff return for a TD. The end of the game was the complete opposite. A lot can be said in the 49ers loss last night in the final seconds of the game. Most of it is negative however. A good effort was put up by the 49ers on offense. Shaun Hill showed he can manage a game up until it counts. Head Coach Mike Singletary is the easy man to blame for the game management in the closing seconds with confusion whether to spike the ball or run a play. Singletary or Mike Martz sent in a different package of players confusing Hill on what the coaches wanted him to do. It is reported he was being told in his headset to spike the ball. In order for Hill to become a bona fide QB in the NFL he should have taken control of the disorder and made the offense line-up and either run a play or spiked the ball. Hill stood there looking at the sidelines like a kid playing soccer on a Saturday looking at his parents on the sidelines asking ‘what do I do?!’ Hill’s biggest mistake of the game was his impression of Bret Favre shuffling an ill-advised pass to Frank Gore who was not even looking towards Hill. Pass intercepted, drive stalled. The 49ers should have lost the game twice when interceptions returned for a touchdown were called back due to penalties committed by the Cardinals.
The 49ers D continued to give up too many yards and too many points. They made some big plays like Nate Clements deflecting the ball out of Larry Fitzgerald’s hands that would have been caught giving the Cardinals a first-down. Other than that the 49ers D could not stop Kurt Warner nor cause any turnovers.
Hill led the 49ers to 336 yards of total offense, converted 9 of 18 third downs but had two INT’s and a botched snap recovered for a fumble. But with Hill’s game management and accurate throws he kept the 49ers in the game. He just tried to do too much in situations when he should have either taken a sack or thrown the ball away. Hill was not sacked at all in the game which is a testament to Hill releasing the ball quickly and the offensive line blocking well. Watching Gore stumble to the end zone in the closing seconds for a TD only for it to be called down by contact with a Cardinals defender brushing Gore’s back was hard. Even harder to watch was the next play called by Martz. Not that it was a run up the middle, but a run up the middle with Michael freakin’ Robinson! Where was Gore!? I am sure Martz has specific plays for situations like that and I am sure they do not include Robinson running up the middle. A good game overall was played by the 49ers, but when it matter most they looked exactly like their 2-7 record.
Next Up: St. Louis Rams. A great opportunity for the 49ers to end their losing streak. Can you believe this will be the 49ers and Rams first time playing against each other this year?