49ers’ biggest disappointments over course of 2022 season

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Disappointment No. 4: Early season losses to the Bears, Broncos

Nearly every team each season, including the good ones that make the playoffs, wind up suffering a loss or two that both sting and stick around as head-scratchers.

The 49ers had a couple of those happen right away at the outset of the season.

Week 1’s loss on the road to the Chicago Bears was weird, yes, and the rainy conditions didn’t make life easier. However, looking back at how the 19-10 defeat at the hands of quarterback Justin Fields and the Bears set the tone for the Trey Lance era, it’s hard to say that loss won’t leave a stain.

Same with that forgettable outing in Week 3 on Sunday Night Football against quarterback Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. Yes, that was ugly, too.

The Bears and Broncos have three and four wins, respectively, and the Niners would love to have gotten one of those in the bag.

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Particularly with playoff seeding starting to matter each and every week. Currently in the No. 3 seed heading into Week 16, San Francisco would have been in the second seed if it had just one more win, as the No. 2-seeded Minnesota Vikings have a worse conference record than the 49ers right now.

If the Niners wind up losing a road game in the playoffs that otherwise might have been at home if they were just slightly higher in the standings, either of those two forgettable losses would be ranked as a massive disappointment.

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