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Actuality bites the 49ers. It seems like that is who they’re

A well-recognized sight on Sunday. Jimmy Garoppolo about to be hit by Bobby Wagner. Wagner had two of Seattle’s three sacks. (AP Photograph/Elaine Thompson.

In a approach perhaps the loss to Seattle was for the most effective.

what would have occurred if the 49ers had pulled off the upset and crushed the Seahawks. Irrational exuberance. We noticed it after the again to again wins over the Rams and the Patriots.

Don’t sleep on the Niners, folks mentioned. They’re pulling it collectively. The playoffs usually are not out of attain.

As a substitute, they went to Seattle, the place the Russell Wilsons methodically squeezed the life out of them. And sure, it was a bummer, as identified in postgame interviews, that the 49ers weren’t in a position to capitalize on two good defensive stands to begin the sport.

“The protection did such an excellent job early within the sport,” Trent Williams mentioned, “and we didn’t make them pay for good subject place.”

However after that Seattle found that the 49ers line was treating their blitz’s as a totally new idea. And naturally, Wilson simply Wilson’d. Williams referred to as the dazzling veteran one of many “magical quarterbacks.”

Briefly, San Francisco couldn’t transfer the ball, and so they couldn’t cease the Seahawks. Consultants say these two details hardly ever lead to victory.

As a substitute, they misplaced by ten. The silver lining is we might have lastly — midway by means of the 16-game season — found out what this yr’s model of the 49ers is. It’s proper there within the standings — 4-4. They’re a .500 staff.

And I’d recommend that’s principally what they will be on the finish of the yr. They’ll beat struggling groups. Solely one of many 4 groups they’ve defeated, the Rams, has a profitable file, and the opposite three are a mixed 4-19. And towards good groups, they’re those who battle. And lose.

The offensive line has been leaky. Jimmy Garopollo is injured and inconsistent. And as soon as once more the protection, in Fred Warner’s phrases, is “not getting off the sector on third down.” Seattle transformed 9-15 makes an attempt.

It isn’t as if we don’t know the explanations. We all know the staff has a ton of accidents, however the TV graphic throughout the sport was startling. 13 gamers on injured reserve (together with a few of their greatest stars), a complete of 112 video games missed.

And the beatdown goes on. It appears fairly apparent that Garoppolo’s ankle goes to be an element for the foreseeable future, if not the season. George Kittle, the man the staff merely can not lose, regarded hobbled on the very least when he left the sport and went to the locker room.

“It appears to occur again and again,” Kyle Juszczyk mentioned. “Guys dropping.”

Kyle Shanahan has tried to compensate with smoke and mirrors. There’s a number of smirking about his unsuccessful gadget performs on this sport. I didn’t thoughts them. No less than he’s making an attempt. He simply has to attempt with Trent Taylor as an alternative of Deebo Samuel.

It’s a league of massive splash performs — see Metcalf, D.Okay. — and the 49ers are contemporary out of fellows who could make them.

This isn’t unprecedented in fact. There have been entire research of what occurs to groups the yr after they lose a Tremendous Bowl. Aside from the Patriots, no person within the final ten years has made it again to the Tremendous Bowl the season after an SB loss. A few groups misplaced within the Wild Playing cards and the 2016 Panthers went 6-10.

It occurs. However no person says it’s important to prefer it.

Presumably we’re alleged to get excited in regards to the Nick Mullens Sequel: This Time It’s Private. However proper now quarterback for the 49ers doesn’t look proper an amazing job. On the subject of stopping sacks, they’re tied for twenty sixth within the league, with solely six groups giving up extra.

Granted, Garopollo isn’t Baryshnikov again there, however a few of these Seahawks had been on him virtually a quickly because the ball arrived. At one level LB Bobby Wagner — the clear defensive star of the day — got here up the center untouched for certainly one of his two sacks. That’s sub-optimal.

Mullens did transfer the staff on the finish of the sport. And perhaps that is the start of a Cinderella story for the ages. However keep in mind, he was benched for C.J. Beathard in his begin towards the Eagles.

That sport, a 25-20 loss, wasn’t fairly. Mullens was sacked 4 occasions. He threw for a landing, but additionally two interceptions, certainly one of which was a nasty choice within the crimson zone. Since he was inactive for the subsequent sport, it’s secure to say Kyle Shanahan was not impressed. However Beathard was the inactive QB the subsequent week, in order that state of affairs stays fluid.

Mullens was sincere sufficient to confess that it stung to be declared inactive, however he’s desirous to get again on the market. He says he has gotten an excellent perspective on his state of affairs with some expertise.

“The most important factor I’ve realized,” he mentioned, “is the NFL is hard, however it’s all about what you do subsequent.”

OK. Subsequent is Thursday.