SF 49ers: 5 moments where things all went wrong in 2020
By Peter Panacy
No. 4: SF 49ers’ ugly prime-time loss to the lowly Eagles
Yes, the SF 49ers suffered some forgettable losses over the course of 2020. But few sting more than the Week 4 Sunday Night Football defeat at home at the hands of the eventual four-win Philadelphia Eagles, who were 1-2-1 at the time and would eventually go on to finish dead last in the lowly NFC East.
The Niners would go 1-3 against the NFL’s worst division in 2020, which could be a blaming point for all the year’s troubles. But few losses were worse than what San Francisco experienced in Week 4.
For starters, then-starting Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was leading the league in interceptions while facing off against SF 49ers fill-in quarterback Nick Mullens, who picked apart the NY Giants on the road the week before.
Instead, it was Mullens tossing two interceptions, fumbling once and being sacked four times while Wentz boasted two touchdowns, one on the ground and another through the air, against one lone turnover en route to doing enough to ensure Philly’s 25-20 victory in prime time.
That loss seemed to set the tone for how the Niners could lose to bad teams in 2020, which was something they barely endured the previous season.
It was an ominous sign of things to come.