The San Francisco 49ers have lost two straight games for the first time in Jim Harbaugh’s career. They have a losing record for the first time under Harbaugh as well. Colin Kaepernick’s burst has been capped and sealed, while Aldon Smith can’t seam to keep the cork in the wine bottle. Patrick Willis appears to be out with a groin injury, while Vernon Davis may not return to the field of play. Only one wide receiver has caught a pass other than Anquan Boldin, and LaMichael James sits frustrated on the inactive roster while Frank Gore stands strong . . . and tries to block one of the many guys the highly touted offensive line has been missing. Long story short, the 49ers need to get a win, in a stadium they struggled at last year, on a short week, with a bunch of injuries, personal problems, and professional difficulties.
When the schedule was released this past spring, the 49ers’ tough early road was well documented: three playoff teams in the first four weeks, in addition to an up-and-coming division rival that seemed to have the whole division’s number last year. Throw in some adversity, and it should be no surprise that San Francisco is struggling. I would have guessed that the 49ers’ lone win would have come against Indianapolis, not Green Bay, but other than that, the 49ers’ record seems, well, unsurprising. Had the games been closer, many pundits would probably still regard the 49ers relatively highly. Fortunately, style points only matter in the studio—and in college football, but Harbaugh no longer has to fret over the SEC.
Though the 49ers may have looked bad—no, atrocious—over the past two weeks, all is not lost. They could still lose Thursday night and have a decent shot at the playoffs. They did lose in Seattle and in St. Louis last season, after all. Nevertheless, a win would do much to right the ship. A extra couple of days to rest would do wonders for the “Bleeding Crimson” that seems to be the squad we once called golden. Times may seem tough, but all is not lost. Let’s just hope Jim is right and his team truly takes the opportunity to “stare [adversity] in the face and whip it.”