Well, golly. The 49ers actually climb a spot in our NFL power rankings this week, despite their fourth consecutive loss this season.
In fairness, the Niners never trailed until the moment it mattered most — the final score.
Yes, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s game-winning touchdown reception in overtime was a heartbreaker for Niners fans, as San Francisco’s defense was good enough to keep head coach Kyle Shanahan’s team in the game for four-plus quarters.
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This group sacked Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer six times and recorded a whopping 16 quarterback hits.
Yet Shanahan’s offense failed to record a touchdown in the 18-15 loss. It’s now the third time in four games the Niners couldn’t find the end zone.
Simply put, quarterback Brian Hoyer isn’t working. But the 49ers don’t exactly have the answers under center to make a switch. C.J. Beathard? Probably not the solution.
San Francisco’s struggles are, essentially, what we expected this season. If there is a silver lining — there always is — the Niners have been in ballgames late over the first quarter of 2017. That’s something the 2016 49ers wouldn’t have been able to say.