Before 49er fan should get upset about the offensive line breakdowns, Alex Smith’s missed throws, Braylon Edwards and his dropped passes, all the penalties stop. Remember this, it was a short week, the 49ers had to go across the country and play a very good team with a physical defense. Preparation was limited and the offensive line had some injuries on the right side.
I may sound like a homer right now but the cards were definitely stacked against the niners on turkey day. If the Ravens had traveled to San Francisco I really can’t see the team getting dominated in the trenches like it did on Thursday Night.
Now the 49ers did get crushed at the line of scrimmage and Smith didn’t play very well that I’m not denying. After the jump I’ll highlight what went right and why a loss like this can help the team in the playoffs.
The 49ers are going to finish 14-2 or 13-3 at the very worst, the only other test of the year is against the Steelers on Monday night December 19th. With four games left against the NFC West the Niners are going to be fine.
Imagine had the team coasted into the playoffs at 15-1 and never suffered a loss where they were shut down at their own game. Confidence would be high, which can be good, it can also be very bad sometimes. Part of winning is growing as a team, if say the Packers go 16-0 that’s a whole different story they have already grown up as a winning team together. The 49ers going through different phases of the season together can only help them grow.
Other positive takeaways from the game:
The defense played well for the most part and the special teams looked good also. While the running game was shut down, you’ve got to think that the injuries to Adam Snyder, Bruce Miller and Anthony Davis have something to do with it. Now that they are past the short week, the 49ers get a long break before their next game on December 4th. The team’s nagging injuries will get a chance to rest and come back fresh next week against the Rams and get back to their winning ways.
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